This will show you how to modify a photograph to look like a miniature model.

You will need Gimp
and any aerial photograph.

if you're running windows, you'll also need a focus blur plugin
Gimp for linux has focus blur built in.

Step 1: Selecting a picture.

This step is very important. The method i will show you may not work well on some images, in fact, it may not work well on many images. Aerial photographs seem to work best. Remember, you're faking a miniature model, and they're kind of hard to photograph, the easiest way to photograph a model is from just above it. The image i chose for this is an aerial photograph of the vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy space center. I highly recommend you use this image for your first try. (right click and hit 'save image as')
Here's mine.
Hi, where abouts do I put the focus blur plugin I downloaded for it to work?
rtfm! depending on your gimp version (rather, the os you use) there should be a &quot;plugins&quot; folder somewhere you can just drop it in, assuming it doesn't need to be compiled. if you're on linux it may be under /usr/share/gimp or in your home folder somewhere. in windows it'll be under program files somewhere.<br />
Adult Swim has used this technique I think for some of their commercials.
Joss Whedon's new show, Dollhouse uses this in their opening title sequence. (my new favorite show!)
Very nice. This makes me want to go out and buy an airplane and a tablet. Anyway, this is my attempt at this.
<a href="http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F8T/9BFX/FSFOJNW5/F8T9BFXFSFOJNW5.LARGE.jpg">http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/F8T/9BFX/FSFOJNW5/F8T9BFXFSFOJNW5.LARGE.jpg</a><br/><br/>That's a better size.<br/>
I would like to try this, but I'm on a windows machine and it looks like you can't install gimp plugins on windows, does anybody know how i should tackle this?
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://registry.gimp.org/node/8236">Here's the windows version</a> it should work the same way, just slower. (i haven't tested it)<br/>
that, doesn't work :-(, it just makes gimp throw an error at me
what kind of error? are you using the binaries and right version of gimp? I'm sure there's a gimp forum somewhere that can help. give me a day or two and I'll make alternate instructions for the disab... er.. windows users :) There are other ways to do this, they just don't look as nice. (with my experience)
yeah sorry about that, I've got the new version of gimp now, works great is there any chance you know if there is an pre-compiled win32 version of gimp-gap for 2.6?
I looked (briefly) and didn't find anything. I sugguest installing the mobile version of gimp 2.4 to a folder somewhere and run that. it shouldn't affect the current gimp on your computer. Or you can download a livecd of ubuntu (use 8.04) and run the linux version of gimp from the cd.
thats neat.....
Very nice! <br/>Model work now always reminds me of a scene in James Bond - Dr. No where a model boat is used in a shot, it's a little obvious =]<br/>
Nice job joe, I've a few photoshop 'ibles on the way myself since it's all I've been doing for the last three days (tech coursework, repairing my images etc. for pro quality...)

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