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Kristan Jan Q. Franco is rooted from General Santos City, and is a 20-year old student of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. With the course Information Technology, he is into web designing, graphic designs, ads, and photography. Having been introduced into digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop and CSS coding, he began designing variety of graphics in his high school days. When he stepped into college, his interests expanded. With a cheap digicam and a Single Lens Reflex camera, he was engaged into photography and sees it as a hobby. Read more about KFranco »

Tilt-shift (Miniature) Photo Effect Using Photoshop

Posted by Kristan Monday, January 11, 2010

kristanfranco.blogspot.comRecently, I posted my 15 Brilliant Tilt-shift photos, and just in case you don't have any idea on what a tilt-shift photo is, this is a shooting technique in photography that makes a scene looks like miniature.

Without using a real tilt-shift lens, you could turn a simple photo into a tilt-shift photo by using Photoshop. Photoshop is the most conventional tool.

In this basic tutorial, you can now make your photos look like miniature. With a knowledge on quick masking, filters, and saturating, your photo will now look like a real miniature!

To start of this tutorial, choose a suitable photo for this effect. Buildings are the best examples for this photo effect. I found this photo from Google.


1ST STEP: Quick Mask Mode and Gradient

Enter quick mask mode by clicking the icon just below the foreground and background colors, or simply hit "Q" in your keyboard.

After setting your workplace in Quick mask mode, hit "G" in your keyboard to select the fill tool, be sure to use the gradient fill. Just like in the screenshot, drag a straight vertical line to fill the photo with the sample gradient. Since we are in Quick Mask mode, the gradient will be a quite transparent red.


2ND STEP: Standard Mode

Now, we have created a gradient into the photo. We we'll do now is to exit the quick mask mode, by hitting "Q" again. After exiting the quick mask mode, you'll notice that the gradient you created is now transformed into a marquee, or simply what we called in Photoshop "the marching ants"


3RD STEP: Filter

To start applying the miniature effect, go to Filter>Blur>Lens Blur. Set the values.


4TH STEP: Saturation

To make the miniature effect look more realistic, set the saturation to 40, to pop out its the colors.




There you go, a tilt-shift photo effect processed in Photoshop!

Here is an other photo I use in applying this photo effect tutorial:


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