Cre­ate a toy­town world with tilt-shift

Repli­cate the toy cam­era ef­fect and add a minia­ture look to your high-up scenes

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For this project, we’re go­ing to be cre­at­ing a tilt-shift ef­fect in just a few Pho­to­shop steps. The key to suc­cess lies in start­ing with the right im­age that means that the fi­nal edit has the max­i­mum ef­fect. This is be­cause tilt-shift lenses are gen­er­ally used for ar­chi­tec­ture, or for im­ages that show an ex­pan­sive view from a high van­tage point. When you’re flick­ing through po­ten­tial starter im­ages, try to imag­ine how that photo might look in minia­ture style. For this tu­to­rial, our main im­age shows the rooftops of Florence, was taken from a high view­point across the city. Per­fect!

Once you’ve got your frame se­lected, you might want to pre-edit it first in Cam­era Raw to make any changes be­fore you add the ad­di­tional tilt-shift ef­fect. For our im­age, we gave it a Grad­u­ated Fil­ter over the sky to make it look less washed out, and boosted the con­trast and sat­u­ra­tion over­all.

Once these tweaks have been made, open the im­age in Pho­to­shop and ap­ply that char­ac­ter­is­tic lens blur. It may take a few tries to get the out-of-fo­cus area ex­actly where you want it, so move it around the gra­di­ent un­til you’re happy with the ef­fect you’ve achieved.

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