Saturday, January 24, 2009
How to Tilt Shift Miniature Effect in Photoshop
The photo is not a mini-diorama or scaled down mockup of buildings. It's a real shot I took on my first boarding on a plane. I used the "tilt shifting effect" to blur some areas and mimic a fake miniature setting. The technique is not new but is very simple to do using Adobe Photoshop.
Here are the steps I did:
1. Select a photo that will fully simulate the miniature effect: landscapes, buildings, village, trees, park, cars etc., work best. An aerial shot yields good results.
2. Work on exaggerating the contrast and saturation of colors. Then adjust dark and light balance.
3. Now, using the selection tool (cross with ants when selected), select the entire upper and lower part of the photo. Use a feather of at least 30px. Be careful not to select necessary elements to bring in the effect.
4. Lastly, use the blur effect under filters, and use gaussian blur. Adjust accordingly to achieve the miniature effect.
5. Ok, that was easy. Here are more photos I did: