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Recently, I posted this question on twitter: “What does your photography mean to you?” Lynn Wiezycki responded: “It is a break from my hectic and stressful job.”

Well Lynn, I am sure you are not alone. So, here is a Photoshop effect (from my book, Rick Sammon’s Complete Guide to Digital Photography 2.0) that can actually help you (and millions of others) reduce stress levels . . . or least make you smile when you use this creative technique.

Open an image with a strong graphic element. Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates > Polar to Rectangular. Then go to Image > Rotate Canvass > Flip Vertically. Go back to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates, but now choose Rectangular to Polar.

That’s it. Want even more fun? Play around with Hue/Saturation.

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