Tilt Shift (Step by Step)

Introduction: Tilt Shift (Step by Step)

Step 1: What Is Tilt Shift?

There are some inherently fascinating things in photography; one of them has to be tilt Shift. Tilt Shift is taking a photo and making it look miniature, basically toy- ish. Miniature faking is a great way to spice up an otherwise dull shot. This effect is sometimes referred to as a "tilt-shift effect" because of how the finished product resembles a photograph taken with a tilt-shift lens.Tilt-shift is a kind of photography that manipulates focus and depth-of-field to yield photos that have selective focus, often mimicking a miniature model.

Step 2: What You Need?

- Camera (to take the photo)


Step 3: (Selecting a Photo)

Selecting a picture is a very important part of the tilt shift effect. Make sure while taking your photo; your in focus, that there is depth of field. And that your subject is in focus.

Step 4: Photoshop

Now, open your photo on Photoshop, and make any adjustments that you would like to see in your photo. For example Contrast, Brightness and etc..

After that switch to Quick Mask mode. You can do this by either hitting the Q key on your keyword. Or selecting the Quick Mask mode button on the bottom left of your tool box menu. This will "mask" your selected areas from whatever effects you apply to the area later. .

Step 5: Editing the Photo

Now that you have selected the Quick Mask tool, go ahead and select the gradient tool. You can do this by hitting the G key.

Make sure it is in the Reflected Gradient.

Step 6: The Reflected Gradient

Now, draw a vertical line, perpendicular. Start the line in an area that you want to be ini focus, and then end the line in an area that you want to be out of focus. OR

Select the paint brush tool and paint over areas you want to be in focus.

There will be a lot of trial and error in this step, on your liking. It took me atleast 5 times to draw the perfect line. To get the perfect reflected gradient. After you have drawn your line; a red blurry area will come. When that happens exit the Quick Mask Tool.

Step 7: The Selected Area

Now, you will have most of your photo selected. That means the area that are selected those areas will be out of focus. So if you aren't happy with the selection go ahead and redo the steps. When you are happy with the selected area; Lens Blur the area. For that go to filter; Blur; Lens Blur. A new window will appear. And you can adjust things to your liking. How much you want to photo to be out of focus, all that stuff.

Step 8: The Last Step

After the Lens Blur, Deselect the picture; for that press CTRL + D.

DONE! Not quite. At least for me I like to go one step higher to get the toyish look. Go to Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.

And Scroll the bars to your liking , just don't make it to yellow.



Step 9: The Final Photo

Here is a photo I did, on my own !


Lu, D. (2013, September 23). How to Create Tilt-Shift in Photoshop. Retrieved March 2, 2015, from http://mashable.com/2013/09/24/photoshop-tilt-shi...

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    4 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Wow, much easier with a large format camera than digital. ;) I miss film. Great explanation though!


    5 years ago

    I'd been wondering about this effect. Thanks for the clear explanation.


    5 years ago

    I love this effect.
    more and more cameras have it built in nowadays to make a live tilt-shift photo