About Tilt Shift Photography
“Tilt-shift photography” refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital postprocessing; the name may derive from the tilt-shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.
“Tilt-shift” actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings.
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Step 1 – Select your photo
Miniature models are usually viewed from above so you must choose an image with an elevated viewpoint.
For this Tilt Shift photography photoshop tutorial, I am using an image of a train.You can use any photo but be aware,this technique is particularly effective on buildings, cars, trains and people.
1.More examples here.
2.More examples here.
Step 2 – Open your photo in Photoshop
Right click on your photo open with Adobe Photoshop.
Step 3 – Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J)
Duplicate the main layer by pressing CTRL + J
Step 4 – Select Gradient Tool (G)
Step 5 – Enter Quick Mask Mode (Q)
Step 7 – Apply Lens Blur Filter
Filter > Blur > Lens Blur
Step 8 – Apply Hue/Saturation Effect (CTRL + U)
Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation
Step 9 – Apply Smart Sharpen Filter
Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen
Step 10 – Finished
Here’s the finished image.
4 thoughts to “TILT SHIFT PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL : CREATE A FAKE MINIATURE SCENE IN 10 STEPS”
Great tutorial 🙂
Nice tutorial. good work 🙂
One of the more important aspects of tilt-shift photo manipulation is the original photograph. In all the examples above the tutorial notice that the photo is expressed in looking down on something to achieve the best results. The objective is to make the subject seem miniaturized. This is difficult when the original photo doesn’t lend itself well to a believable miniaturization of the subject. As by way of example, a photo of buildings taken from ground level. To make buildings seem part of a miniature scale, the original photo should be from above, as in the second example photo above. However, in that photo, the blur effect is far too hard edged. For that photo to gain a degree of realism, the focus are must be sharp with the surrounding area smoothly and gradually becoming less distinct. The only one to successfully get the focus area and blur close is the the bottom one with the taxi’s and bus. Sadly, the authors attempt misses the mark by a long shot. Simply consider the sharpness of the railroad tracks as they recede into the distance. To work, Tilt-Shift needs to appear as if shot with a macro lens. Good luck to everyone with a desire to accomplish this. it is not easy.
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