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Make Your Photos Look Like Mini Models in Photoshop

Is this a picture of a miniaturized London street? Nope, it's the real deal, just made to look like a tiny version of itself! The effect is called Tilt-Shift and it's totally awesome. You can make virtually any picture look like a scaled down version of the real thing with a few easy adjustments in Photoshop. Assuredly, once you bust out your own completed works, there will be plenty of praise from pals who are amazed with your digital skillz. Yes, that's skills with a z, 'cause you're just that good.

Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial to get you on your way. One quick tip though — make sure your photos of choice are taken from a higher angle, as miniature scale models are usually shot from above. I've already done several of my own landscape shots, so be warned, it's kind of addicting!


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BalooB BalooB 8 years
This is so so cool! I love it!
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 8 years
This is pretty cool!
whammo whammo 8 years
Pretty cool. I love photo shop, but I often need tutorials to figure things out.
MollyElizabeth MollyElizabeth 9 years
Very neat.
aylee aylee 9 years
That's awesome! On my way to find a good photo...
loveyoulots loveyoulots 9 years
I want to try it. It reminds me of legos. I had to take a long look to make sure I wasn't flippin out. Love this.
MaIIaya MaIIaya 9 years
utachick02 utachick02 9 years
Great pic!!!
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
ooo! i'll have to see if photoshop elements can do that!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
At one point Photoshop Elements did quite a few things that Photoshop did at only $89.95. Not sure if it still that way.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
Def very cool! I tried it out and worked great!
nicoletita nicoletita 9 years
here are another 2 tuts, i couldnt resist =)
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Oh for whatever reason Sugar didn't post my comment yet -- you can just do a google search for "Title Shift Tutorial" and there are a bunch!! basically it's just making a mask in quick-mask mode; guassian blur the selection; increase contrast.
nicoletita nicoletita 9 years
ohh, i really wanted to give this a try, seems like ill have to wait a bit then..
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Here is another tutorial that does not have the bandwidth exceeded: This one doesn't mention that you should increase the contrast (Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast - or - Adjustments > Curves) to help give everything a more uniform color too.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Oh bummer. :( I'll bookmark and check back again. Really cool effect! Thanks Geek!
tglynn tglynn 9 years
"Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" D: oh noes! I wanted to do this!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 9 years
aww i really wanted to try this out bc i love photoshop but the site's bandwidth has exceeded. boo!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Very cool. I was just looking at some examples of these images on Flickr. Thanks for posting this.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 9 years
Really good suggestion! Thanks..
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
nv27: Adobe Photoshop is a Mac and Windows photo editing program. It retails about $600 - there is a student version for $2-300 I think. It is basically THE program to own if you are a graphic/web designer. It was actually designed for Macs first and many people will say the Mac version is better for negligible reasons.
nv27 nv27 9 years
Do they have something like that for Apple? I dont think my laptop has photoshop. : ( I feel left out.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
dude, that is extremely cool!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
totally nifty
soapbox soapbox 9 years
So cool, I'm gonna try this out asap!
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