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Create a 360° logo: Bottom / Top

Create a 360° logo: Bottom / Top

tl;dr: 360° logos can be created in GIMP with the distortion filter "polar coordinates".

Logos or images on the poles ("floor", "ceiling") of VR films can be inserted as an overlay in the rectangular video if they are distorted accordingly in advance. They can be used to hide the tripod. Shadows cast by the tripod may remain.

  1. Select photo / logo and open with GIMP.
  2. Open content with the circle selection or cut out
  3. Open empty canvas (3840 * 1920 pixels) with a transparent background
  4. Filters> Distort> Polar Coordinates
    • For logos on the "ceiling":
      1. Circle depth: 100%
      2. Offset angle: 0 (rotates the image and defines "front")
      3. [x] Show vice versa (reflection left / right)
      4. [x] Start at the top (defines the center of the picture)
      5. [ ] According to Polar
    • For logos on the "floor":
      1. Circle depth: 100%
      2. Offset angle: 0 (rotates the image and defines "front")
      3. [x] Show vice versa (reflection left / right)
      4. [x] Start at the top (defines the center of the picture)
      5. [ ] According to Polar
  5. Resize Image: Scale (3840 * 200)
  6. Arrange the contents at the top ("ceiling") or at the bottom ("floor").
  7. If necessary, add a colored bar or transparency as a demarcation line (appears as a circle).
  8. File> Export as ... (Export as PNG)
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