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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Creating a miniature model effect in Photoshop

This week, Deke’s Techniques can make you feel larger than life—primarily by taking a photo of a regulation-sized city street and making it appear as though it were a miniature rendering of itself, complete with tiny cars and people. As you’ll see in this week’s free movie, Deke starts by applying a plastic effect through the strategic use of smart filters (Reduce Noise, Median, and Smart Sharpen), then he creates a faux depth-of-field effect with the Lens Blur filter, and finally he paints everything with Vibrance and Saturation to really play up the toy effect. The result is that the standard street scene you see here…

…turns into this rather delightful toy town:

I was so enchanted with this transformative yet relatively easy-to-apply technique, I decided to see what it looked like on a photo of one of my favorite cities. (Unable, or possibly just too lazy, to search through my own travel photos of Venice, I got this loaner from sara66 of the Fotolia Image Library.)

And with Deke’s technique (which I’ve now affectionately nicknamed ‘The Shrink Ray’) I was able to create this Pocket Venice, complete with authentic looking plastic water and tiny gondolier.

It’s not every day one gets to be a giant in their own mind (in Venice).

See you next Tuesday for more delights from Deke!

• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection • courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® • courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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