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Sky Lab & Circular Pic eff

1. Photo effect: app Sky Lab
2. Photo effect: app Circular

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1. Sky lab

2018.09.05 updated


Effects: Photo to photo:  Skies, Trees, clouds

app page comments
SkyLab is the one and only sky-replacement app. Imagine dropping stunning skies on your photos with this innovative new app.

- Drop beautiful skies on your photos
- Huge collection of skies
- Add clouds, trees, and birds too
- Save projects across all of your devices
- New Sky Packs coming soon!

This app is driven by my own love of beautiful skies and fascinating cloud formations. My goal is to capture those moments when you stop in your tracks and just stare at a gorgeous sunset, beautiful blue sky, or epic storm. Create these moments right on your iPhone with powerful yet simple editing tools.

SkyLab comes with a huge collection of curated skies from sunny, cloudy, stormy, and night shots. 
Want to add some clouds to your sky? SkyLab also includes Elements to add to your photos, such as clouds, trees, and the moon.

SkyLab works seamlessly with iCloud. Save and access your projects across devices and never lose your work again.

Create beautiful skies with SkyLab.

My comments

general photo use

very good effects

360 Users

recognise 2 x 1 aspect
video output resolution 5500 

Obvious warping issues off horizon
1. The sky backgrounds are brilliant - an enormous library BUT as they are designed for the sky which is off the horiz line it means we need warp effect ...  there are work arounds see below 

2. The elements to add in are very useful: sun, moon, trees, birds

3. interacts with about 4 other quality photographer apps from this author

Non 360 users

works on any size photo 

about 360 Spherical 
The fastest growing social media medium around 
many apps and devices are available and good news; cameras are getting cheaper daily, some cameras are dedicated devices and others are small attachments to connect to your smartphone 

I don't sell the equipment so google the reviews 

The info below shows the example of what you can do in video and photos 

TIP:  click the external links to watch in your smartphone to enjoy VR (Virtual reality) effect

go to the page link (top of this page - 360 apps) to see more including communities using 360 and get excited 

Best value:
get the FREE app host site of 360 Spherical TV VeeR and watch endless 360 pics and videos
and they have excellent blog

Please use this referral link to sign up for VeeR and the referral credit will be handed to my charity project FSCC Bangkok
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Road test

Sky lab   IOS  $3 +  several app purchases       website

2018.09.01    roadtest 

file aspect: 2 x 1
resolution output tested to 5000

whats hot
many sky scenes, sunny, cloudy, sunset, peril,
elements to add:  trees, clouds

Zoom feature is not strong for fine tune

requested re be increased to 6000 and work the zoom option


increase resolution
open the original in photo editor
using layers add the modified image that includes with sky lab effects
then erase from the layer all except the sky lab effect on the original pic
when you save it should show original res

my drone image was resolution 12000 but had to reduce to 8000 to use in 360 editor VeeR

added sky in sky lab and output was 4000
loaded original image in photo editor Enlight and added via layer the sky lab version
then washed out in layer all except the sky lab changes, final output was 8000
loaded into VeeR and added logo 

filter warning:  exposing the seam
refer to tricks in lab test page lab test page Alien section Warning Filters, includes removing seams and manage warping 

Managing Warping  - when the insert is well above or below horizon
refer to tricks in lab test page lab  test page Alien section Wrapping

specific notes for sky lab re warping:
I've have used the sky background several times, the warping is not so obvious when part of an entire skyline and as the centre top (called ??) I add a logo at the top which reduces the issue 


what I like 

1. so many effects 

2. editing options on the effects 

3. interacts with several other quality photo apps from this author 

what I dnt like 

1. no warping  - such is life 

2. no enough expansion of image to work on fine detail IN PARTICULAR 
when you want to mask our parts of the insert .. you can't see it enough 

I've reported this to the app author in the past 

App author: 2018.09.04 will be increasing resolution asap

The drone 360 images were captured using app Hangar (23 individual photos are snapped in a 3 min cycle) 
then uploaded to a free cloud stitching service. The result auto applies a blue panel with Hanger logo to the top of the photo (drones can't snap shots 30% above)

The 4 Hangar hosted shots are linked in tour page in section 360 drone in Khao Ngu Stone Park, resolution is massive

sample image below from a manual stitch, used desktop app Panorama studio (listed in photo stitch page)
then a fake sky with with mobile app sky lab.  
normally the image would have blue panel above 30% with hanger logo but i did not download from hangar I wanted to use a manual stitch to get more res  (hangar site res is massive 30,000+ but the download via fbk is only 5000)

Image flat: with faint sky up to 30% above horizon
Image flat: used app sky lab to add a sky background

the image is uploaded to several sites to demonstrate the 360 spherical effect 

example 2018.09.05 

1. drone 360 stitched in hangar cloud and download with Hangar logo

2. use app Sky Lab to apply background sky
loaded into sky lab sister app  LenseFX to add some planes

3. shifted the starting view to expose the seam

used free IOS app Entouch to heal seam and VeeR to add logos

Host sites

Site: Theta:  Powerful zoom in / out

why Theta site: many display controls,  

Zoom out to make a crystal ball, all display styles can be downloaded. 

click a thumbnail to watch in 360 
   - have fun morphing the images

These images appear in tour page Khao Ngu Rock Park (Plus ground 360) as well as the Virtual tour 
in the tour page all drone shots are listed and worthy viewing 

  • 360 spherical  Khao Ngoo Rock park is a national Park in Ratchaburi where you will find mountain climbing rocks,  lake and nature walk, SM hub BESH HASHTAGS #KhaoNgooRockpark  #ZoneRatchaburi   #butterfly3d #theta360
  • 360 spherical  Khao Ngoo Rock park is a national Park in Ratchaburi where you will find mountain climbing rocks,  lake and nature walk, SM hub BESH HASHTAGS #KhaoNgooRockpark  #ZoneRatchaburi   #butterfly3d #theta360
Image Kings park WA

  • 360 spherical drone  Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner SM hub BEST HASHTAGS  #KingsPark  #visitperthwa   #perthadventure  #watourism   #waachiever
Theta site lets you change the display styles - see options below images in Theta site or     
  channels: Bangkok   I   Perth WA

2. Circular

2018.09.05 updated

Effects: Photo to photo:  Little Planet (small world) Rabbit hole with variables and objects to insert

app page comments
Now supports 360 degree photos! - A new twist on photo editing. Turn your photos into amazing circular images with Circular+. Circular+ is a fun app with powerful new features never seen before in this type of app. You can easily zoom in and out of your circular image to get it just right. Once you're happy with your image, add professional effects such as lens flares and sky objects like the sun, moon, planets, and birds.

"My favorite iPhone app for this purpose is Circular+"
- Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

"I've tried them all and Circular is by far the best "tiny planet" app. You get more controls and fun effects like lens flares and moons. Having a blast with this app!"
- Customer Review

"I tried different Tiny planet apps, but this is really the best. Love that I can put different things inside the picture ... Thanks for the great work."
- Customer Review

This app does so much more than just turn your image into a tiny planet. It has all kinds of effects you can add and you have a lot of control over how it twists your image.
- Customer Review


Another really cool feature is a collection of "center" objects. These include spheres, planets, and geometric shapes to place at the center of your image circle. This turns your image into a mini world.

- Super fast and responsive editing
- Adjust image zoom, rotation, invert-mode, and repeats
- Professional effects: lens flares, sky objects, and centers. The lens flares are the same as the pro desktop app, LensFlare Studio
- Filters and Lens Textures
- Fun sample images to get your started


Circular   IOS  $3 +         website

2018.08.01    roadtest 
use for 360 images to create little planet view output to square canvas 


loads of controls, 
1st up for 360 users - find the 360 tick box on the far right to ensure full circle little planet effect

other controls lets you set zoom, rotation angle and more

whats hot
various elements (library of objects) that can be inserted into frame
multiple layers stacks to add objects from library 

rotate the 360 image to any angle and extract still photos 


There are quite a few apps that offer little planet and they are listed in the main 360 app page
some are free and included within branded camera apps such as Theta but like most extras they are limited as an add on

When you go to a DEDICATED app feature you usually get many enhancements as is the case with this app

so many EDIT controls ..... 

PLUS effects, edit effects, Masks, Layers, Filters

what I like

1. many controls for creativity  rotate the angle and height and zoom to output a conventional photo at high quality
this feature is also available within the old Theta app which is no longer avail in app store (so dnt delete it)
any app that offers mirror ball might be able to do this, manually re size to suit then output or screen capture in Port or Land mode

2. multiple layers to add objects 

3. interacts with several other quality photo apps of this author website

sample Little Planet taken from 360 image this page 
Image may contain: outdoor

from another drone 360 
Image may contain: outdoor

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app author:  Fbk:  BrainFeverMedia   I     FBK James Grote

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