How to Edit a Photo to Look Like it Was Taken With a Wide-Angle Lens

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How to Edit a Photo to Look Like it Was Taken With a Wide-Angle Lens
Use a graphics program to simulate a wide-angle shot. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Photography has for more than a century been a popular pastime, but with the invention of the digital camera, it has become easier than ever to take quality photos. Another handy aspect of digital cameras is that there are a number of programs on the market that allow you to alter them to produce almost any effect you could want. One example of this would be if you would like to convert a standard photo to make it look like it was taken with a wide-angle lens.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

  1. 1

    Load the image you want to work with onto your computer.

  2. 2

    Open Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue that appears, locate the file that you want to edit.

  3. 3

    Select "Filter" from the menu and choose "Distort." From the options, choose "Spherize." In the dialogue that appears, set the "Amount" to 100 and the "Mode" to "Normal." Click "OK." Repeat this set three or four times.

  4. 4

    Select the "Crop" tool from the menu and use it to crop the image into a rectangle. Save your work.

    GIMP

  1. 1

    Load the image you want to work with onto your computer.

  2. 2

    Open GIMP. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." In the dialogue that appears, locate the file that you want to edit.

  3. 3

    Select "Filter" from the menu and choose "Distorts." From the options, choose "IWarp." In the dialogue that appears, click on "Shrink" and make the radius large enough to distort the entire image. Drag with the mouse in the middle of the preview. Stop when you like the result and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Select the "Crop" tool from the menu and use it to crop the image into a rectangle. Save your work.

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