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Faking a Tilt Shift Photo

Posted by Gutem on Sunday, November 15th, 2009


Hi, everybody. I’m going to show you how to make a Fake Tilt Shift effect in Photoshop. I have used Photoshop CS4 for this tutorial. This photoshop tutorial is quite simple.

I came from the photography scenary and discovered the Tilt Shift Lenses about two year ago. Tilt Shift lenses focus on a single part of the photo and shift (blur) the surrounding area to create an optical illusion of miniaturized scenery. Real Tilt Shift lenses are quite expensive, but a similar effect can be achieved by using Photoshop.

Here is what we are going to do:

We’ll use this one:

An above ground shot is usually best for this type of technique. Cityscapes, crowds, streets, and similar things are perfect.

Open the shot in Adobe Photoshop and click onto “Quick Mask Mode” or press the “Q” key.
Select the gradient tool.
Select the “reflected gradient”.
Draw vertically upwards from where you want the point of focus to be up the screen to the top of the window, and release the mouse button. A red transparent line should appear.
Go back into “Standard Mask Mode” pressing “Q” key.

In Photoshop CS go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur (Or if you have Photoshop 7.0 you can use Gaussian Blur). Then select the amount of blur you’d like. You’re free to experiment.
(Optional) For a more “plastic” feel you can increase the saturation and contrast in the photo.
There you have it – you should have a nice “fake tilt shift” photo. You can experiment with lots of different photographs – some are a lot better than others for “miniaturization”.

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16 Responses to “Faking a Tilt Shift Photo”

  1. rumealee Says:

    thank you and more poser

  2. Byanca Says:

    i see no point for this. sorry, but that was lame.

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  4. Jojo Says:

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  7. James Benjamin Says:

    Wow, amazing.
    I was wondering if I can achieve same result with Photoshop 7. Please let me know.

  8. Diana Eftaiha Says:

    Wow that was interesting. ive also seen simulating a tilt/shift lens to use during exposure. im not sure i like titl/shift photography though it looks weird to me with everything really small. nevertheless very interesting tutorial. thanks for sharing =)

  9. TJ McDowell Says:

    It seems like the ones of the houses worked really well. I’m guessing even with a real tilt-shift lens, certain scenes will look more miniaturized than others. Great tutorial.

  10. SloDive Says:

    Hey. Great post as always. Keep it up.

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  12. DVD Photo Slideshow Says:

    I love to use this technique to draw attention to what I want the viewer of my photos to pay attention to. I use this on any photo that’s overly “busy.” Your tequnique is quick and easy using standard photoshop, and I’ll probably start doing it your way a bit more.

    I tend to use the Alien Skin Bokah filter to get this effect, but the plugin is a bit expensive, so it might not be worth it unless you’re a professional.

  13. Toby Montyn Says:

    Thanks so much for this, was really simple and easy to remember.

  14. ilmu photoshop CS Says:

    it’s very nice tuts . I like it, Thanks for sharing!

  15. Rana Adnan Says:

    i find it very well.Very to drive,so simple.

  16. Fined Says:

    Nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing

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