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How to create a tilt-shift miniature effect in Gimp

We will recreate the so called tilt-shift effect and turn a normal photo into a photo that looks like a miniature, this time using Gimp.

 
  Author: mat | Version: 2.8.0 | 29th November 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a photo you want to turn into a miniature.

Photos from the perspective similar to mine are what you are looking for. You can also use a photo taken from above.

 
 
2.
 

Now right click the layer (the one with your image) and choose Add Layer Mask...

 
 
3.
 

... choose White (full opacity) and click Add.

 
 
4.
 

Now choose the Paintbrush Tool (P for a keyboard shortcut) ...

 
 
5.
 

... set the 2. Hardness 50 Brush and set the Size appropriate for your picture.

You can take a look at the picture in the next step to see what we are going to do.

 
 
6.
 

Press D to set the black foreground color.

No start selecting the parts of the picture that are going to be blurred.

It's usually the upper and bottom part of the image.

 
 
7.
 

Something like this.

I went around the umbrellas so they will pop out a bit at the end for a better result.

 
 
8.
 

Let's now make a selection from mask we just painted.

Right click the Layer Mask thumbnail next to the Layer thumbnail (see picture) ...

 
 
9.
 

... and choose Mask to Selection.

 
 
10.
 

Again right click the Layer Mask thumbnail next to the Layer thumbnail and choose Disable Layer Mask.

 
 
11.
 

Press Ctrl + I to inverse the selection.

You should end up with the selection similar to mine.

 
 
12.
 

Now click the Layer thumbnail (see picture).

 
 
13.
 

In the menu click Filters, Blur and choose Gaussian Blur...

In the Gaussian Blur settings window choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
14.
 

In the menu click Select and choose None (Ctrl + Shift + I for the keyboard shortcut) to get rid of the selection.

We are now pretty close to the end result, all we need to do know is boost up the colors and contrast a bit.

 
 
15.
 

In the menu click Colors and choose Curves...

By clicking and moving the line create a curve similar to mine.

Again take a look at the picture in the next step to see what you are going for.

Click OK.

 
 
16.
 

Like that. Let's now boost up the colors a bit more.

 
 
17.
 

In the menu click Colors and choose Hue-Saturation...

Boost up the Saturation a bit and click OK.

 
 
18.
 

Finished and I hope you like it.


 
 
 
   
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NikMan, 29th Nov 2012, 9:23 AM
Great tut. Thnx mat!
 
 
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mat, 29th Nov 2012, 1:21 PM
Glad you like it.
 
   
 
 
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