Make a Mini Village or Town in Photoshop.





Introduction: Make a Mini Village or Town in Photoshop.

this instructible will show you how to give a photo of a town a handmade look.

Step 1: First Things First!

of a town, city, football stadium, or anything you want to miniturise
i used this picture i found on the net!

i love the net.

Step 2: Quick Mask!

enter quick mask mode by clicking on this symbol!
(the black rectangle with the white circle)

Step 3: Gradient

set up your gradient like this

Step 4: Apply a Gradient

aply a gradient over the part of the photo you want the focus point to be.
for me this was the central tower

Step 5: Quick Mask

exit quickmask mode and you should be left with a selection something like this..

Step 6: Blur

apply a lens blur filter and use the default settings

you should get something like the second picture
if it dosent you may want to redo your gradient.

Step 7: Hue/ Saturation

fiddle with the hue and saturation to make it look a little more handpainted

Step 8: And Your Done!

isnt it suprising how little it looks!



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     Nice Instructable! ;D
    And nice effect too! I tried to "minimize" two different shots of the city where I live, but I think the first one is the best:

    Plastico Bologna.jpgPlastico Bologna 2.jpg

    In Step 1 you say:
    "of a town, city, football stadium, or anything you want to miniturise
    i used this picture i found on the net!

    i love the net.'

    Are you going to give credit to the person(s) who took this photograph? Or are you going to do what you did in your other Instructable, and use someone elses photo without giving credit and/or asking their permission?

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    Yeah leave him alone

    maybe i did ask theyre permission.... dont be so quick to criticise

    Amazing! what version of photoshop do you have? I have CS3 ver 10.0

    Great instruct. It really gives a great jumping off point for making some awesome effects. I never would've thought of this, myself.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. Constructive criticism, not derisive attacks.

    If you notice the top of the tower is blurred even though it has a depth very close to that of the clock face. It should be clear. If you want it to look real you have to pay attention to actual depth of field.

    I find it disheartening to know that there are people out there, such as yourself, who would prefer to name call rather than agree that the original owner of the photograph deserves credit for his work (merely as an act of kindness would be enough). Apparently you would prefer to assume all work is within the public domain, unless proven otherwise? Without taking into account conventions such as the Berne Convention, which states that copyright of original work is automatic at the point of it's creation. Perhaps one day you will understand how irritating it is to find someone using your creations without permission, or even credit. But I doubt it. So carry on endorsing plagiarism.

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    Pocket is right you know, something like this doesnt REALLY need credit, its better if you do though. But if you do something like this with something bigger, itll be worse. Just a warning, because this is small but it might grow up.

    cool, i saw this on photojojo a while ago.

    If you want to be a little more elaborate, you can try select by hand the parts of the image are at roughly the same distance from the camera - that's essentially what this trick is based on: the fact that a "macro" image tends to have a very limited depth of focus. For example, the cars on the road to the left of the tower would be much farther away from the camera than the tower itself. So for the road, the focal plane - the part that should be sharpest - should be much closer towards the bottom of the image. But for a quick hack, just picking a horizontal rectangle already gives great results!

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    Exactly. For many shots, the horizontal band works well enough, but a little extra work with the masking will give a more believable effect.

    Wow, that is a cool effect. +