Amr emphasizes the symmetry of the composition by making the image a square. He chooses Image > Image Size, deselects Constrain Aspect Ratio, and sets the Width and Height values to 4000 each.
Amr then distorts the image to create the circular shape. To do so, he uses the tools in the Distort filter (Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates) and selects Rectangular to Polar.
To blend the seam at the center, Amr reaches for the Healing Brush. He defines the source area next to the seam (Alt+click in Windows; Option+click in macOS), then drags over it.
Tip: The Clone tool, Patch tool, and Smudge tool can also be helpful for cleanup.
To add a story to the illustration, Amr uses the Pen tool to trace the silhouette of a figure in another image. He uses Transform > Scale to resize the figure, then places it into the illustration.
Lastly, Amr adjusts the contrast and color balance to add more drama to the scene. To see more of his work, including other “Round Things” compositions, view his projects on Behance.
About Amr Elshamy:
Amr Elshamy’s dreams are vivid and filled with stories of monsters, magical worlds, lions walking in the streets, evil robots, and flying whales. He takes notes about his dreams for inspiration, and keeps his camera and props close. Then, he uses Photoshop to bring his dreams to life.
When Amr bought a boxed version of Photoshop 12 years ago, he wasn’t exactly sure what the product did. A photographer friend showed him the basics and from then on, it was all trial and error. Amr struggled with pressure from others to put aside his art and pursue traditional work. But he never completely let go and now, as a self-taught photographer, visual artist, and filmmaker, Amr gets to fulfill his passion and immerse himself in the life of an artist.