To create a tilt-shift effect in your images, you would need to have a tilt-shift lens, but you can recreate the effect right in Photoshop so you don’t have to spend more for a new lens. For those who don’t know what a tilt-shift effect looks like, it is where a regular photo that kind of resembles toys more than life-sized subjects. For instance, if you took a picture of a baseball stadium filled with people and you add in a tilt-shift effect, the photo will look like miniature scale model instead of the actual stadium.
Creating a Tilt-Shift Effect in Photoshop
Step 1 – Open up Photoshop and choose a photo of which you want to apply the tilt-shift effect with. Do note that this effect works well on only certain kinds of images so that you can create a conceivably miniature look of the entire photo. Wide angle shots with people, buildings, cars, and other similar items work well in this regard.
Step 2 – To apply the effect, first duplicate the Background Layer by pressing Ctrl + J (Command + J if you’re on a Mac) on your keyboard. Now head to Filter, then Blur Gallery, and then to Tilt-Shift. You will then be given a cursor with a drawing pin.
Step 3 – All you have to do with this drawing pin in Adobe Photoshop is to select the center of focus for the image. Doing this will blur out the areas that are not within the center of focus. You can also play with the options here such as give it more blur, reduce or increase the center of focus, or you can click and drag to a new center of focus.
Step 4 – Play around with the different settings so that you can get something that looks right. Tilt-shift photos tend to have more contrast on them to have a more “toy-like” look. After confirming your settings on the filter, next go to Layer, then New Adjustment Layer, and then Levels. With the Levels adjustment layer, click on the left arrow and move it slightly towards the right. This will give the photo a bit of added contrast.
Step 5 – Lastly, add another adjustment layer in your Photoshop file, but this time select Vibrance. Slide the Vibrance and Saturation sliders to the right to add more “pop” into your image. Once you’re satisfied with your image, you can now save it and share it into your favorite social media accounts.
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