This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to apply GIMP’s Polar Coordinates Filter. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Distorts then choose Polar Coordinates. And from the subsequent Polar Coordinates dialogue box, enter the following settings, or experiment, and then click OK.
If you prefer, you can remove the sphere from its background using the Fuzzy Select Tool.
Congratulations, your Polar Coordinates Conversion is complete, and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As. GIMP 2.8 - File then Export.
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