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1. Create a new document, 700x500 pixels.

2. Open your base! Double click on the background layer to turn it into an unlocked layer.
I'm going to use a picture I took on vacation in New Mexico :)

3. Use the "Elliptical Marquee Tool" and select the part of your picture that you want to use for the effect

4. Select>>Inverse. Now delete the selection.

5. Now drag your picture to the blank document you created. Re-size/position it so it looks about like this:

6. Filer>>Liquify. Now you'll bulge your picture.
Here's the settings I used:
Go around the edges of the picture, and then in the center. Maybe a time or two.
Here's my result:

Take that and drag it to your document. Make sure it's the top layer.
You may need to resize your photo just a little bit if there's empty space between it and the lens.

8. Here's the last step! Add these settings in Blending Options to your photo layer.

And now you're done! I hope you like your results! :D
Here's my finished product:

Tutorial Comments

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i love this tutorial:D

By jennasusanXD on May 3, 2010 8:30 pm

finally! someone posted this tutorial. thanks a bunch!

By impurities on Dec 30, 2009 8:34 pm

Ohh, I don't use gimp, lol

By brunette925 on Sep 11, 2009 10:22 pm

You can do this on gimp too and it looks exactly the same :D

By DuhMehStuhKayShun on Sep 7, 2009 11:54 am

Very interesting effect, and very original. Thanks for sharing! :D ~ZeroGrafics

By ZeroGrafics on Aug 2, 2009 9:45 pm

Thanks >D

By AngehPangeh on Jul 31, 2009 10:39 pm

a little sloppy, but the result is nice :]
btw, copying and pasting the lens picture didn't work, i had to save it first.
dunno why :/

By foundry on Jul 28, 2009 8:29 pm

The final result is wicked.(:

By aliiicimo on Jul 28, 2009 11:31 am

This tutorial was very well done. Thanks for posting this!

By YDG on Jul 28, 2009 12:41 am

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Author brunette925 View profile
Submitted on Jul 27, 2009
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Approved on Jul 28, 2009