Tilt Shift Miniatures

Aug 1, 2006 by Jared Smith

A while back, I stumbled upon a neat Photoshop technique for making normal photos look like miniatures toy sets. The process, called tilt shift, involves blurring part of the image to trick the brain into thinking that the photo has a very small depth of field. And with such a small depth of field in focus, the mind thinks that the photo must be of a very small object. Here’s a few of my photos that I’ve modified with this technique.

Mini New York
This an edit of a photo taken across the street from Ground Zero in New York.

Mini New York Street

Mini Manhatton

Mini Bridge

Mini Cemetary
This one is of a small cemetary in Switzerland.

Mini Train
The original is here.

  1. 4 Responses to “Tilt Shift Miniatures”

  2. These shots look fantastic. I have to try this.

    By Georgie on Aug 6, 2006

  3. Wow! These look great! I just tried some myself, but need some more practise on applying the masking properly – in conjunction with the focal point.

    By Adrian on Nov 17, 2006

  4. there is an artist in Berlin who does the opposite . Builds his own cameras with a pin hole type aperture which takes photos with low depth of field producing pictures of real streets and people which look like models .

    By daithi on May 28, 2007

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