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Hello, I'm back with tutorials, and for the first time it's about edition on Photoshop. The objective will be making a miniature looking picture (tilt-shift). I'd say the perfect photos for this effect are those taken from heights, like on top of a building or on top of a mountain or something similar. Nevertheless, you can experiment with other kids of pictures and then tell me or show me the results. I'm always interested on knowing more.

For this tutorial, I've chosen an archive photo from Paris, taken on top of the Arc de Triomphe, and showing La Défense in the background:

And after some basic edition on Lightroom 3.4 I get this:

I'll explain now how ot get the tilt-shift edition step by step:

1st - We open the picture on Photoshop, and we turn on the "fast mask" by clicking here:

2nd - With pencils at 2500 and strenght at 0%, we paint the area that we want to look unfocused to make the tilt-shift.

3rd - We turn off the fast mask mode, and  deselect and invert the selection:

4th - We click on lens blur:

5th - We set the right settings for the lens blur (the higher ratio, the more unfocused).

6th - We can play a bit with the curves to make the picture have some unreal effect.

And this is the final look:

Some other examples using this effect:

Hope you like it, if you try it, I'd like to see the results ;)
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HigherSeeking Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
This is great! Have you seen the 'tiny planet' photo effects as well? Those are really fun to make and I love the images people come up with. If you haven't just google, "tiny planet photography' then look at the images.

Here is one tutorial…
whiteDRAGON7whiteFOX Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i Adobe Photoshop CS6 > Yeah > Select Inverse
J-Bellemare Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
very well done.
i suppose you do know that "tilt-shift" is used in the professional world mostly to do the exact contrary
of what you do here; i.e. they use such lenses/backs to increase DOF in ways that would not be possible
with fixed plane lenses.
it's also used sometimes in analog photo enlargers in darkrooms.

i haven't looked at your Gallery yet, but will do it very soon. :-)
loreleft27 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool thanks
suay Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Photographer
thank you for tutorial. I'll try this on my landscape photographs.
neaphara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Thanks for this! Will try it out for sure!
nkxxkn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
süper tilt shift :) [link]
erene Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Very interesting. I will try it some time!
Thank you.
Mobtasmah-photo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Photographer
nice effect ..
i like it =)
thx ..^^
DarrenChapman Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been trying the effect myself [link]
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