Fake a tilt-shift miniature in PhotoshopBy Thomas Fjordside
This technique has many been called many names. Fake model train, miniature city, “The legoland look” but I’m quite sure that the most common is faking tilt-shift. You can get lenses that can do tilt-shift, but for a hobby photographer like me, this isn’t really an option as they are expensive. I’m also sure that I wouldn’t be using it often so I can’t justify the cost of one. Now let’s get to it.
Here is what I did:
I opened my photo i Photoshop and duplicated the layer (ctrl-j).
Press Q to change into quickmask mode, get out your gradient tool and change the mode to reflected gradient. Press D and then X to get white and black in you palet with white in front.
Drag a line from where you want the image to be sharpest and out a bit.
Click out of quickmask mode and go to Select – Inverse. Now go to filter – blur – lens blur.
Here you really have to play with the number to make it work. I went with radius of 75 and brightness on 50.
After this it’s just playing with adding sharpness and other effect to the image to make it work for you.
I have found that this works best with images shot from above, but play with it. Tell me how it went 🙂Tweet