I have a confession…. I love the look of miniature models, but hate using a tilt-shift lens. Thankfully I’m good friends with Photoshop and can fake it.
1.choosing the right photo is important… you want an image taken from an elevated viewpoint since the is how we view miniature models.
2. Once your image is open, press Q for the Quick Mask Mode (or select Quick mask mode icon on the Tool Palette).
3.Choose the Gradient Tool, and make sure to choose the reflective gradient (it is the one that looks like an oreo cookie).
4.Drag your cursor from the the area you want to be the center of your “in focus” area out to the area where you want to transition to “out of focus”.
5.Press Q to exit Quick Mode Mask and you should see a top and bottom section of your image selected.
6.Filter > Blur > Lens Blur
7.Here you need to tweak the settings a bit. Play with them, and see what you like. Then exit.
8.Open up Curves.
9.Save and share with your friends.
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