Step 2: Getting Started

Open up your chosen image via Photoshop. In my case, I used CS4.
<p>This is really cool!</p>
<p>Awesome! Agreed with one of the commenters that new adjustment layers in general are better for preserving the original image but this was in general super helpful, thank you!</p>
<p>just what i was looking for. much appreciated. thanks</p>
<p>Lovely description and some great affects. The bridge shot is pretty cool. I'm definitely going to get back to my old photos and give this a go. I've been wondering about how to achieve this effect, thanks very much Analog-chick</p>
<p>Beautiful! Very easy and re-handlable instructions</p>
<p>super cool!!! -would love to feature this on my site</p>
Here are some examples that I've done recently.
Hey presto.
That is so awesome :D I've been trying to think of ways to edit some photos that I took whilst I was in France, and this is just brilliant. I really like the way this affects the trees.
That is very very cool
ayos to...salamat
This is very neat and a good use of Photoshop but why is the top and bottom of the photo always blurred.
Make an i phone ap of this!
Now here are a few mistakes that you made. This selection has to be a lot more complicated, for everything that rises vertically from a focused into a blurred area needs to be selected to and kept focused. In you picture there are those poles next to the rail tracks, they are a perfect example for the top of the pole is almost the same distance away as the bottom thus it has to be sharp for the whole length.
awesome... its crazy that such a relatively simple tweak can make the whole world look miniturized... amazing... there&acute;s gotta be some weird neurology that explains this phenomenon... thanks for sharing.
its called the &quot;Scheimpflug principle&quot;<br><br>you can read about it here:<br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheimpflug_principle
thanks for the link... seems pretty interesting but i&acute;m having a hard time making sense of it... definitely seems worth looking into further though..
Nice effect! I like how you demonstrated the Lens Blur filter, which tends to look more realistic than a simple Gaussian Blur. However, I noticed one major problem: You suggest selecting &quot;<em>Image &gt; Adjustments</em> &gt; Hue/Saturation&quot; and &quot;<em>Image &gt; Adjustments</em> &gt; Curves.&quot;<br> <br> Instead, it is always better to go to &quot;<em>Layer &gt; New Adjustment Layer</em> &gt; Hue/Saturation&quot; and &quot;<em>Layer &gt; New Adjustment Layer</em> &gt; Curves.&quot; This latter method creates adjustment layers which have exactly the same effect, but the advantage is they can be double-clicked in the Layers panel later and modified, without compounded loss to image quality, and they can be turned on and off any time.<br> <br> The only reason for expressing my concern is that there isn't any disadvantage to the Adjustment Layer method, and it indoctrinates new Photoshop users into using professional best-practices.
Not bad, it's a tad bit too blurry in my opinion but hey, nice instructable. Here's one I made a couple weeks ago. I keep my radius at about 15-20 depending on the picture. this one's at 17
i'll try MRT as my subject for tiltshift..<br><br>by the way, is this near shaw?
And here is solution for lazy one :)<br>http://tiltshiftmaker.com/
hey! thanx...
Be my guest :)
WOW.. I have all these boring pictures from Iraq/Kuwait. [Well the boring if you've been in the Army for a while.]<br><br>With this it might make some of the pics really interesting. Thanks.
I realy love your work!!! thanks for share!!!<br>
You've presented me with a new way of looking at photography. I have always tried to take photos of models such that they can be mistaken for the real thing. It can be awkward at an exhibition, because sometimes I'm trying &quot;to fit a hefty camera through a matchbox&quot;...<br><br>You're wanting to detach the camera from the photo, whereas I'm trying to burrow the camera into the photo. e.g., If the above photo were a model, I would be taking my photo in between the two trains, or at least looking THROUGH the railing.<br><br>I would easily agree that in BOTH cases, perspective is particularly important.
awesome, i saw something good today
Thank you! It's a wonderful trick!
This technique is fair, however there are some caveats which will take away from the effect:<br> - The point of the blur is so that things too close or too far from the point of focus would blur out. For example, in the 4th image, the people on the side of the rail are rather in focus even though the intent was to focus on the street [bikeway? walkway?] below. you could always get the blur tool out and just blur them out a smidgen and it will add to the picture.<br> - The vertical fade of the blur is good on the 2nd image, but on the 3rd image, since it's a bit of a wide angle lens, you'll want to blur the left and right sides a bit, too. Perhaps in this case, instead of the reflected gradient, you'd probably use 2 or 3 radial gradients side to side. Or do it by hand. :)<br><br>A good rule of thumb when wanting to achieve this effect is look at how 'far' the focal point is, and make sure everything closer or farther gets blurred, with more blur the farther back/closer up it is.<br><br>Author, you hit the nail on the head about the saturation! I just over HDR'd [which led to some oversaturation] an image I applied this effect to, and it made the image though I didn't know why. Now I know! :)
this.. is... ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaayzing<br><br>(not a reference to &quot;look at this amaaayyyyyzing crocodile&quot;)<br><br>Nice work!
Wow! Just, WOW! The photo totally got me. I actually thought it was a photograph of a miniature scene / diorama. That is SICK! I give you 5 stars and a huge thank you for sharing how you accomplished this.
Good job! Haven't seen Manila from that perspective before. Thanks for the great idea on a new pet project.
I've been doing this a long time because I as well have no tilt shift lens (yet), but it's nice to see an instructable on it now. This would have helped a long time ago :)
Even after I knew what was happening I had trouble believing the photo wasn't of a model train. Nicely done!
Thank you. This is an istructable that I will use more than any. The effects are very well done.
Thank you - I've always wondered about those AdultSwim pieces! Great instructions, if you know anything about Photoshop it is simple.<br>
I love this tutorial!! It is easy to do, and looks great.
hey, some of those are really cool :)
A great look, also you could try inverting the selected area after you have done the blur and play with Sharpen and Sharpen More to increase the contrast between the blurred and in focus areas.
wow man you a filipino? nc stuff you do
Ahahahaha this is brilliant! Very well done!
Nice instructables. Thanks to share it with us.

About This Instructable




Bio: I love internet reading. I think I have acquired more knowledge from the internet than I have and probably ever will from a standard institution ... More »
More by Analogue-Chick:Make Your Images Interesting with Galaxy Overlay Control Arduino Wirelessly with MATLAB Steampunk Bonsai 
Add instructable to: