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The Tilt-Shift blur effect

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Video: The Tilt-Shift blur effect

And tilt shift lenses have been around for quite a while used primarily for architectural photography. But recently, they've started to get increasing use for an interesting creative effect, that sort of produces a miniaturization of the scene that you photograph. Generally speaking, this effect works best when you have a relatively large overview scene to work with. This is a good example here. We've got a beach scene viewed from above with a pier going off in the distance. And so, with this image, I'll create a Tilt Shift Blur effect that really makes this scene seem like a miniature model rather than a real-life scene.

The Tilt-Shift blur effect

And tilt shift lenses have been around for quite a while used primarily for architectural photography. But recently, they've started to get increasing use for an interesting creative effect, that sort of produces a miniaturization of the scene that you photograph. Generally speaking, this effect works best when you have a relatively large overview scene to work with. This is a good example here. We've got a beach scene viewed from above with a pier going off in the distance. And so, with this image, I'll create a Tilt Shift Blur effect that really makes this scene seem like a miniature model rather than a real-life scene.

I'll go ahead and create a copy of the Background Image layer first, by dragging that layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then I'll go to the Filter menu an choose Blur, followed by Tilt Shift. That will bring up the Tilt Shift Blur controls on the Blur tools panel over on the right hand side, and you'll see that we also have controls overlaid on the image itself. I can re-position the blur as needed by dragging that bulls-eye in the center of the blur, and I want the effect to be centered on the area of greatest interest within the photo.

I can also rotate that angle. So, here, for example, the shoreline comes across at a little bit of an angle. If I'd like to rotate that angle, I can click on either of the dots, above and below that central bulls eye, and then just drag left to right, in order to rotate the effect. I can also adjust the overall size of the area that will appear in focus. So, I can drag the horizontal solid bars up or down as I desire, in order to decide which area will remain in focus. And then I can also adjust the degree of transition in between the area that remains in focus and the rest of the image, that is controlled by the dashed lines.

And I can drag those independent of each other up or down as needed within the image. And of course, I can also adjust the degree of rotation. That can be controlled on the circle that surrounds the bullseye. The more white you see on that circle, the greater the blur effect, and you can simply click and drag on that circle in order to determine the strength of the blur. I'll go ahead and apply a moderately strong blur, something like that perhaps. I can also adjust the distortion, if I want a little bit of distortion in those blurred areas. Either positive positive or negative depending on the direction that I want it to go, and I can also specify that I want that distortion to be symmetrical within the image.

If you have especially bright areas within the photo you can also control the boca effect, but in this case I don't really have those sorts of areas in the image. That's not going to have a significant impact. You can press the letter H on the keyboard at any time to hide the controls from the image, and as you can see especially here hiding those controls from view. We really do have a bit of a miniaturization effect. The people on the beach no longer seem to be real people but rather look like small little models in a diorama. I'll go ahead and release the letter H on the keyboard.

I can continue fine tuning the effect as I'd like, adjusting the degree of blur, the area that will remain in focus or the transition of that blur effect within the image. I'll also generally turn off the high quality option on the Options bar. And note that we do have an option to save this mask to channels, so if I wanted to create an adjustment that only affects the area that's in focus, I can save that mask as a channel. It essentially then, becomes a save selection, so that I can load that selection and use it as the basis of a targeted adjustment. But in this case, I don't really feel the need to save that mask, so I'll leave that check box turned off and I'll click OK in order to finalize the effect in the image.

The process will take just a moment here and then you see, we have that final Miniaturization Effect, thanks to the new Tilt Blur Filter in Photoshop.

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Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Adding a single filter
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Filter Gallery
      4m 51s
    3. Using Smart Filters
      4m 2s
    4. A flexible filter workflow
      4m 9s
  3. 36m 0s
    1. Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity
      2m 13s
    2. Creating a black-and-white interpretation of an image
      3m 12s
    3. Adding a monochromatic tint effect
      2m 27s
    4. Using a gradient map preset
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a gradient map preset
      7m 48s
    6. Adding a vignette
      3m 17s
    7. Adding film grain
      5m 25s
    8. Oversharpening
      3m 17s
    9. HDR tone mapping
      5m 39s
  4. 37m 47s
    1. Creating a filtered edge effect
      4m 6s
    2. Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur
      3m 4s
    3. Iris Blur with a twist
      4m 32s
    4. The Tilt-Shift blur effect
      3m 52s
    5. Creating an oil paint effect
      4m 36s
    6. Adding selective motion blur
      4m 36s
    7. Adding lens flare
      5m 21s
    8. Adding a lighting effect
      5m 6s
    9. Adding an ethereal glow
      2m 34s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Applying a wild curve
      3m 1s
    2. Playing with blend modes
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
      2m 41s
    4. Creating a sketch effect
      5m 26s
    5. Crystallizing pixels
      3m 6s
    6. Getting extreme with Mezzotint
      3m 42s
    7. The Solarize filter
      2m 25s
  6. 38m 38s
    1. Smearing with Liquify
      7m 0s
    2. Going fish-eye with Polar Coordinates
      3m 38s
    3. Using the Spherize and Pinch filters
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Ripple, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag filters
      5m 45s
    5. Getting blocky with Mosaic
      2m 44s
    6. Creating huge pixels with Pointilize
      3m 0s
    7. Creating tiles
      3m 42s
    8. Creating blocks with Extrude
      4m 29s
    9. Mapping the image with Trace Contour
      2m 44s
    10. Creating a stylized wind-blown effect
      2m 18s

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