Making a Tripod Cap

Mirror Ball Tripod Cap

You can cover-up that nadir in your panorama without using complicated scripts, by following these easy steps. I'm using Photoshop to create a mirror ball nadir cap, but any image editor that supports layers can be used to produce this effect.

Step 1 - Duplicate Layer

Duplicate to new layer
Duplicate to new layer

Start with an equirectangular image, duplicate it to a new layer and make the layer active.

Step 2 - Place a Guide

Insert guide above tripod
Insert guide above tripod

Place a guide just above your tripod on the top layer

Step 3 - Select Area

Select area above guide
Select area above guide

Select the area above the guide with the marquee tool

Step 4 - Transform

Drag top to bottom
Drag top to bottom

Use the "Free Transform" tool to create your tripod cap by selecting the top-center marquee handle and dragging it all the way to the bottom of your image.

Apply, and you're done. If you place text just below the guide it will appear around the edge of your tripod cap.