This tutorial will allow you to use ’tilt shift’ effect to make your photos look like miniature models!
You will need to take a photograph where you are looking down on the subject, just as if you were looking down on a model village. You can also grab one off Google images if you have a phobia of heights – but don’t go publishing anything without permission.
Here’s a video tutorial – our transcript can be found below. We’ll teach you lots more tools and techniques like this on our Photoshop course.
- To start off with you will need a new layer and make a copy of the original image.
- You will then need to put a blank layer mask on that, from that you need to decide which part of the image you want to turn into a miniature model.
- Once you have decided, you need to use the gradient tool, and choose the reflective gradient.
- You will need to make sure you have black as the foreground colour and you have set the gradient to foreground- to-transparent option.
- Then drag the gradient over the part of the image that you want to turn into a miniature model.
- Next, make sure you’re working on the picture and not the mask- Go to Filter – Blur – Lens Blur (or Gaussian Blur if you don’t have Lens Blur).
- Make sure the source is set to Layer Mask.
- Play with the Radius depending on how you want the image to look.
- Use the Paint Brush on the Layer Mask to add or remove various parts of focus on the image.
- Finally you want to, working on the original Background Layer, bring the Saturation up and Sharpen the image slightly.
Image by Leandro returns on Flickr