Droneception - Full Tutorial

In this article we will show how to make a Droneception composition.



We will show you how to make this great technique – Droneception, with your drone. It is not hard to do it but there are some specific details you must carefully prepare.

Droneception - the steps

Start with drone shooting

You have to shoot 5-6 photos of the object – with the position of the camera showed in the illustration. Each one with elevation and horizontal movement increment. Eventually, you want to arrive right above the target point and face the camera directly down and that’s it. That step is easy.


After that, we start with Photoshop work.
Create a New file using the following settings: for example 25 inch width and 25 inch height. Now go and open the first image and drag it all the way down to the bottom, then open the second image and roughly align it over the first – just right above it. To make the alignment easier reduce the front layer passage to make a motions parent when it comes to alignment. Zoom in and look for a straight line where intersect with the first image and that’s where the first and second image will connect together. Now the alignment looks good. Let’s proceed to the primary warp by hitting command T or ctrl T for Windows. Then hold down Shift to make the top narrower and then align them. Again to the first image. We know this step can be quite challenging but just to make sure the spot where the line intersects are still aligned.


Next Step - Secondary Warp

Next step can be called Secondary warp. By clicking that button. This step is crucial because it gives you the curvy look in the overall result. Without going through the step you won’t be able to achieve the curve transition like that but a bunch of segmented images that don’t look as curvy and photorealistic at all. You see how beautiful the curve is. Make sure you do a secondary work after finished with warping. Now we are going to erase the part that we don’t need by using layer masks use brush and color black to erase and white – to unerase. In Photoshop it is important to always use non-destructive method to add an image. It means that we can erase the image to their mass by using a Black brush and unerase any part that we messed up using White brush without altering any of the original images. Sometimes it’s better to use Federer brush. That doesn’t have any hard edges to make the connection more seamless. That’s pretty much it connecting the first and second image. After that, we just need to repeat what we have just done to connect the rest of the images. Now we processing the third image using the same step fast-forwarding, then the fourth image. There is no different way to connect each image. It’s all up to your creativity and all you have to do is to focus on aligning the rows and the line as seamless as possible. It’s not difficult but only takes time and a lot of patience. For this one Droneception final result – it can take about 3-4 hours to finish all details. Now we have already stitched all the images together. We just want to show you all the pieces that we have in the end to make the final reconstruction as you can see. We had to split each layer down in the middle and line them side-by-side in order to achieve the curved results.

You may have some parts brighter or with not enough contrast – you can correct them with adding an adjustment layer to make the overall color and brightness and contrast consistent all across.

Droneception - Final Result


You can watch video explanation here 

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