Friday, February 25, 2011

Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial

Tilt Shift Photos create an optical illusion that make the images look like miniature models.

Good source images are from high point, cities, mountains etc.. you get the point.
So i show you in a few easy steps how you get from this to..

...this beauty.



Step 1

Choose a suitable source image and crop the part you think sticks out.









Step 2

Go into "Quick Mask Mode" by pressing Q.


 Step 3

Select the "Gradient Tool" by pressing G.
Step 4

Select the "Reflected Gradient"
Step 5

Draw a gradient in the region of the picture you want to be sharp.

Step 6

Exit the "Quick Mask Mode" by pressing Q.
The area you want to blur out should now be masked.







Step 7

Go to "Filter/Blur" and select "Lens Blur", play around with the settings to get a feel for it.








Step 8

To get a good artificial look go to "Image/Adjustments" and select "Hue/Saturation" or use CMD+U. A value around 20-50 is usually good.






and we are done.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, if you have requests or questions feel free to post em in the comments.

66 comments:

Gareth said...

Wow.. looks neat, will have to try that sometime!

Dj DeKu said...

Very nice guide.

Assange No.1 Fan said...

Ahahaha that's awesome dude, they really feel like models at end.

Gonna start up photoshop and try this!

Killy said...

Eh Man , that's awesome! Im trying it Right now!

Assange No.1 Fan said...

AH btw I saw an older post where you posted some wallpaper, could you please post the 6th wallpaper city.jpg not tilt shifted?

DC said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love this effect!

Baws said...

Cool tutorial! I am pretty new at this stuff, so this is helpful. Thanks!

Kingofthemelvins said...

Woah dude, that looks complicated as hell. Your directions are quite helpful though. Keep up the good work

xmeesx said...

Haha, looks cool!
Reminds me of miniature trains I had as a kid!

Dr. Goodsex said...

I love it. Put up some more tuts. I've been a ps fan for.. crap 10 years?

koal0r said...

Wanna get into PS some day, just to complicated. :3

Supporting..
http://koal0r.blogspot.com/

l33 v4n cl33f said...

cool effect,i still have a lot to learn

JH said...

Wow, this is really thorough. Will follow so i can learn more!

Christophe said...

I love love love this effect. Thanks for posting a how to!

Hmecey said...

Holy crap that is really really cool

sildude said...

I've always wondered how to achieve that effect in PS.

Salman A said...

Awesome tutorial! Thank you for posting!

Jorge said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Going to try this later.

Joseph White said...

Great! I saw this iphone app for tilt-shifting, but I guess it's better on ps right? Thanks!

mac-and-me said...

@JospehWhite
since its pretty simple to do it and can be automated to a big extend i think that a good iphone app can make nearly the same results then doing it yourself in photoshop, it depends on your skill level in ps in the end

MTensor said...

Interesting technique. I always wondered how small scale models could be made to look real. I guess this is how that works?
Thanks for the tut. Keep up the good work.

ebm93 said...

Great, I'll start using this. Thanks.

Nate said...

wonderful tutorial, thanks a ton

husar said...

nice post

+ followed:)

Choms1337 said...

yeah very nice tutorial :D

-DO- said...

yeah i'm learning how to use photoshop

Mr. Storyteller said...

nice tutorial, great tips

Chuck said...

Sweet, didn't know this one. Thanks :)

Con Queso said...

Oooh cool, A blog with photoshop tutorials? Awesome, I hope I can follow along with GIMP or Paint.net!

Come At Me Bro said...

Great tutorial!

UncommissionedArt said...

It seems like theres never an end to what can be done with photoshop.

The Moustache Man said...

very cool! impressive

Candlej- said...

you broke this down pretty nicely, thanks

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Something Concupiscible said...

Nice! Thanks for the step-by-step guide.

Toto said...

wow very very nice!
tried it and it worked! very cool! keep it up!

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Jeff said...

Awesome guide. I'll have to try this out as soon as I get out from the studio and outdoors.

tearinox said...

good stuff I love Photoshop! :)

bigvtec said...

you're tutorial is really easy but im just really bad at everything haha i messed it up somehow!?

NewYami said...

Haha, that's intense. You're way better than me at Photoshop!

Andy Khun said...

is it just me or does the end result look like those toy city things

Toby B said...

THanks for this ! I'll actually try this on one of my videos using AfterEffects (should be quite the same process)

A said...

Nice, I've tilt shift has always fascinated me, I've always wondered why it works it's creepy as hell...

Bubi said...

nice guide ,thanks for sharing

Josh said...

I'm already figuring out projects with this.

Charles said...

thats awesome

Hom Diddly said...

This effect looks really awesome. Great tutorial, thanks!

Smokingtons said...

I saw this in the Metro in the UK a couple of months ago, it's a beautiful technique, but this tutorial means that I'm actually gonna try it now! =O

hype_insane said...

Thats pretty cool- very helpful tutorial.I might use it sometime :)

Rondariel said...

Now a tutorial for doing it the other way around? ;)
No really good tutorial.

Frosty said...

That's pretty cool

level85nerd said...

Thats useful! thanks i always wanted to know how this works

ag said...

2nd_lawl said...

what version of PS is this?

obi said...

great tut thanks for sharing. might have to try this out on a wallpaper.

mac-and-me said...

@2nd_lawl its CS5

AnDubstep said...

Great tutorial, will definetly try this!

Polybius said...

Very useful, thanks!

MadmanCM said...

very nice tut

hapsyn said...

Good work !

Triper said...

Now i can do this :) thanks

Altenfrost said...

Good tutorial, thx for this :)
+following

-_vinyl_- said...

Awesome guide! thx

Steve said...

Nice guide! Bookmarked

Joe Somebody said...

Lens blur may give a more accurate effect.

Alejandro Tlaie Boria said...

Wow! gonna try dude !

very nice job ;)

Adventure Person said...

Thanks for posting this, I really like the end result!