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Top Tip – Tilt-Shift

Its a beautiful day here today, so nice in fact I’ve got my shorts on (apologies if you’re eating). No blog tomorrow, I’m off gallivanting once again. In Birmingham (the real one in the UK) tomorrow night watching the WWE. Should be fun.

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Top Tip – Easy Tilt-Shift Effect

The idea behind Tilt-shift is that the photo you have is made to look like a model. Now you could go and buy a new lens for this purpose, or you could do this…

For this tip I’ve gone to Stock.xchng and downloaded an image of the beautiful city of Edinburgh



Press Q to enter into Quick mask mode

grad_tool Choose the gradient tool reflected gradient reflec in the options bar. While you’re there make sure Reverse is un-checked.

Starting on the part of the image you want in focus, draw out the gradient.




Press Q To exit quick mask mode and go to the filter menu and choose, Filter-Blur-Lens Blur. For this image I stuck to the defaults but feel free to have a play around. Then Press OK.

Press Ctr(cmd)+D to deselect and we are almost there. It looks a bit model-like, but let’s increase the saturation a bit.

Press Ctr(Cmd)+U to get the Hue/Saturation panel and whack up the saturation slider.


And there you are. All done.




There are some really great examples available on Flicker too

Have a great Tuesday, and Wednesday.


About Eric Renno (435 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

2 Comments on Top Tip – Tilt-Shift

  1. Hi
    What version of Photoshop are you using?
    Do you know if Photoshop Elements 9 has the lens blur/tiltshift effect?

  2. Hi Adam,
    In the video I’m using CS5 but the Lens blur has been in Photoshop for some time. Elements has several blur features that will do a similar effect but not the Lens Blur feature.

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