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Miniature city tilt-shift effect

In this step-by-step tutorial we are going to create a tilt-shift effect on a picture of a city, so it will end up looking like a miniature.

 
  Author: mat | Version: CS5 | 17th December 2011 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a picture of a city.

I'm going to minituarize the city of San Diego.

The picture should be taken from a similar perspective as mine for better results.



 
 
2.
 

In the menu click  Layer, New Adjustment Layer and choose Curves...

Click OK.

In the Cruves settings window make the same adjustment as I did and click OK (see picture).

 
 
3.
 

In the menu click  LayerNew Adjustment Layer and choose Hue/Saturation...

Click OK.

In the Hue/Saturation settings window make the same adjustment as I did and click OK (see picture).

 
 
4.
 

Double click the Background layer (see picture) and click OK.

 
 
5.
 

Click Add layer mask button.

 
 
6.
 

Choose the Brush Tool (B for a keyboard shortcut).

 
 
7.
 

Right click the picture and choose the same settings as I did.

The size of the brush depends on how big your picture is.

Press Esc when done.


 
 
8.
 

The foreground color should be set to black, if it's white press X to change it to black.

Now start painting the area of your picture you want it to be in focus (see picture).

 
 
9.
 

Now select the city Layer thumbnail.

 
 
10.
 

In the menu click Filter, Blur and choose Lens Blur...

In the Lens Blur settings window choose the same settings as i did ...

Don't close the window yet.

 
 
11.
 

... continue choosing the same settings as I did ...

Don't close the window yet.

 
 
12.
 

... and choose the remaining settings the same way I did and click OK.

 
 
13.
 

Now right click the Layer Mask picture of the city layer and choose Disable Layer Mask (see picture).

 
 
14.
 

And that should be all

Close up of my picture.

 
 
15.
 

And the whole miniature of San Diego.

 
 
 
   
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