701 BYOL: Improving VR Images with Photoshop

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Thursday, July 27


There are more and more tools entering the marketplace that allow you to quickly create 360-degree virtual reality images. However, the final results aren’t always what you’d like: The stitching of VR images in these tools, unfortunately, is not always perfect. Also, there are often inconsistencies both above and below the VR image. These flaws can take away from the immersiveness of the experience you’re creating and even get in the way of learning.

In this session, you’ll discover how to use Photoshop to fix some of the common problems that can happen in the VR images you capture. You’ll learn how to fix the top and bottom of the image to make it look more professional. You’ll also get tips on how to add content within the image to enhance the VR experience. Finally, you’ll learn tricks that can help you capture better VR images in the first place, which will then require less post-production work to fix.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to fix skewed objects in your VR images
  • How to improve flaws found at the top and bottom of your VR images
  • How to add content within a VR image to enhance the view
  • How to shoot better VR images

Novice to intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Adobe Photoshop; Google Cardboard viewer and app.

Technology required:
Laptop running Adobe Photoshop CC or newer; Google Cardboard viewer (to see results); Google Cardboard app (on phone or tablet).

Phil Cowcill

Senior eLearning Specialist

Canadian Department of National Defence

Phil Cowcill is a senior eLearning specialist with the Canadian Department of National Defence, where he works with the Air Force in the Air Worthiness division. Phil started his multimedia development in 1983. In 1985, his team developed Canada’s first Level III interactive videodisc. In 1995, he was hired to set up, coordinate, and teach an interactive multimedia postgraduate program. In 2011, Phil coordinated and taught in Canada’s first postgraduate mobile application development program. Phil also travels and speaks at a variety of educational and multimedia conferences all over North America.

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