How to create Amazing circles

Kamome has made an excellent technique for making amazing circles. This is a more detailed description:

Make a square selection

1. Open an image in Photoshop (screenshots are from Photoshop CS2 on Mac). Higher resolution and size will give better results. I have used a picture I took myself some time ago. If you want to use the same picture for this How to, you can find it here.

2. You need to make a selection that is squared. Use the selection tool, and set the aspect ratio to fixed:

Amazing Circles step 2

3. Enter the same number in both fields. 1 and 1 works.

Amazing Circles step 3

4. Make a selection.

Amazing Circles step 4

Apply the filter

5. Apply the filter Polar Coordinates:

Amazing Circles step 5

6. In this step, use the bottom radio button, marked “Polar to Rectangular”:

Amazing Circles step 6Rotate and apply filter again

8. Rotate the selection 180 degrees. There are a few different ways to do this. One of them is to use the Edit menu, then Transform and Rotate 180 degrees.

Amazing Circles step 8 Distort > Polar Coordinates… again.

This time, choose the upper radio button, labeled “Rectangular to Polar”:

Amazing Circles step 9Crop and save

10. Crop your picture to get rid of the stuff surrounding your new Amazing circle:

Amazing Circles step 10group for Amazing circles. Please join!

You might want to have a look at all the other posts I have about Flickr!

Update 1: 100 members

Now 100 members on the Flickr group. Read about it here.

Update 2: 400 members

As of December 25, 2005, the Flickr group has over 400 members, and appproaching 3 500 amazing circles. Wow!

Update 3: Digged


Update 4: Amazing circles with GIMP

Flatfield at Flickr has posted instructions how to make Amazing Circles with GIMP.

Update 5:

If you’re lazy 😉 just use the new automatic Amazing circles tool at

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