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How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop

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How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop
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but be cautious that it doesn't look too fake. Once you're satisfied. 2 of 9 16-Nov-13 4:02 PM . click Save Image and then Done to exit Camera Raw. To do this. SEE ALSO: 10 Terrific Tilt-Shift iPhone Photos Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to create tilt-shift miniature fakes with just a few effects in Photoshop. Remember. The first step is to increase the clarity of the photo so your photo will have crisp edges. Choosing the right photo will ensure that your final image has maximum effect by starting off on the right BY DENISE LU / SEP 24. You can give it a hefty increase in clarity. real-life objects look miniature can create beautiful art. even before its Photoshop transformation. Then. The photo doesn't necessarily have to be an aerial shot. Pick an appropriate picture. Tilt-shift photography is a great example of how making large. From here. but you can also fake the effect in post-production via Photoshop. select your file and then select Camera Raw in the Format drop-down menu. open up the Open menu in Photoshop. contrast. This is possibly the most important step. You should be able to envision how your photo might be manipulated to look like a miniature model. Tilt-shift photography tends to work best for photos that have a wide view and are taken from higher ground. you can play around with adjustments until you're satisfied with your photo. increase the brightness. 2013 There's something about tiny things that is just inherently fascinating. but it should be something that is composed of many small parts that make up a whole. Tilt-shift is a kind of photography that manipulates focus and depth-of-field to yield photos that have selective focus. the idea is to make it look more toy-like to look like a miniature model. Edit photo using Camera Raw (optional). For this tutorial.How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop http://mashable. 1. often mimicking a miniature model. you can pre-edit your photo in Photoshop Camera Raw to prep it before adding additional effects. The effect can be achieved with special tilt-shift lenses. An optional step. vibrance and saturation of your photo as needed. we're using a shot of Barcelona taken from the hill of El Carmel: 2.

we've outlined in red the line we drew. Note how it starts with the in-focus and closer white house and ends where the buildings are less distinct and out of focus. rather than farther. Since our photo already has a fair number of colors and looks close enough to a miniature model. Switch to Quick Mask mode. Draw your gradient. In the photo below. which looks like a rectangle with a gradient across it. You can do this by either hitting the Q key on your keyboard or clicking on the Quick Mask mode button at the bottom of your tool box menu. 3 of 9 16-Nov-13 4:02 PM . Using the Gradient tool. This will basically "mask" your selected areas from whatever effects you apply next. For best 3. we'll forgo the Camera Raw step. 4. Open up your photo in Photoshop and switch to Quick Mask mode. Make a reflected gradient. Select the Gradient tool. You want to start the line in an area that you want to be in focus. perpendicular line. your in-focus area should be something closer to you. and then end the line in an area that you want to be out of focus.How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop http://mashable. draw a vertical. You can also just hit G on your keyboard. 5. This is a tricky step.

you should see a series of marching ants selecting the area that you don't want to be in focus. After you draw your line. Exit Quick Mask mode. make sure you have the fourth choice selected. the Quick Mask mode puts a "mask" over the effects you're about to add next. This will make a gradient that has a mirror-effect. undo and repeat the last step until you've picked the perfect area to be in focus. there should be a red bar over the area that will be in focus. or simply hit the Q button on your keyboard again. Click on the Quick Mask mode button again to return to Standard Mode. In your options bar. If you aren't satisfied with your selection. 4 of 9 16-Nov-13 4:02 PM . Remember. so play around with the gradient until you're satisfied. which is the Reflected Gradient. It usually takes a few tries to get this exactly the way you want it. Now.How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop http://mashable. and we want to put a lens blur on the selected area.

Once you're satisfied with the 7. 5 of 9 16-Nov-13 4:02 PM .How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop http://mashable. go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur to put a lens blur effect on the area you've selected. and here you can preview your effect before applying it. You can adjust how blurry you want the background to be. 8. Apply a lens blur. Deselect your image. click OK to accept and exit the lens blur window. A new window will open. Get rid of the marching ants by deselecting your selected parts under Select > Deselect. but just be careful to not make it look too fake by making a sudden jump from in-focus to out of focus. Once you're satisfied with your selection.

Now it's time to make the photo look more model-like by adjusting the color and contrast of the photo. go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Again. Adjust the color. Adjust the contrast. 6 of 9 16-Nov-13 4:02 PM . To adjust saturation.How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop http://mashable. Slowly increase the saturation of the photo until it looks more toy-like. 9. but not too much that it looks fake and unbelievable. the idea is to lay on the effect in an amount that tricks the eye. Go to Image > Adjustments > Curves. Adjust the contrast of the photo by accessing the Curves panel. Click OK when you're satisfied with the effect.

Denise Lu TOPICS: APPS AND SOFTWARE. PHOTOSHOP. ART. Finished! This is the final product of a miniature Barcelona. Play around with curves until you have a desired Making a slight S-curve will increase the contrast of your photo to make it look even more toy-like. DEV & DESIGN. Play around with the steps above and show us some of your own creations in the comments below.How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop http://mashable. TECH 7 of 9 16-Nov-13 4:02 PM . PHOTOGRAPHY. CONTRIBUTOR. then click OK to accept the effect and exit the panel. Images: Mashable. 11.

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