Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial

making miniature

When choosing a photograph for the tilt-shift effect, bear in mind that you want to give the impression of a miniature model. Miniature models are usually viewed from above so try and choose a photo with an elevated viewpoint. Buildings, roads, traffic and railways are excellent choices but make sure there is a reasonable wide angle of view.

Step 1: Photo Selection

Open the image in Photoshop and enter Quick Mask Mode by pressing Q on the keyboard, or select the Quick Mask icon as shown in the Tool Palette below:

Step 2. Enter Quick Mask Mode

Choose the Gradient Tool by pressing G on the keyboard, or select the Gradient Tool icon. Be sure to choose the Reflected Gradient option (the fourth icon along before the Mode drop-down).

Step 3. Choose Gradient Tool
Step 4. Draw A Line
Step 5. View Mask Area
Step 6. Return To Standard Mode
Step 7. Open Lens Blur Interface
Step 8. Review Effect And Tweak Settings
Step 9. Exit Lens Blur Interface
Step 10. Remove Selection Boundary
Step 11. Open Saturation Adjustment Interface
Step 12. Boost Saturation
Step 15. Finished
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