How to Fake a Tilt-Shift Miniature Photograph in GIMP
Tilt-Shift Photography is a great technique to experiment with and if you don’t want to spend your money on a new lens then it is possible to replicate the effect, and in this tutorial I’ll show you how to achieve this effect!
1. Choosing the Photo!
- The first and hardest step is selecting the right photograph to use with this technique, the optimum photo is one that was shot high up above the subject and a substantial distance away, otherwise the effect of it being miniature cannot be emphasised well.
- I’ve chosen this one from Amboise, France – photographed high up above the streets from the Chateau:
2. Duplicate + Focus Blur
- Duplicate the ‘Background‘ layer:
- Blur the copied layer ‘Background Copy‘ go, Filters –> Blur –> Focus Blur:
- Change the ‘Diffusion Model and Radius’ setting to ~10.00, as shown:
- Note: It may require a small amount of tweaking to get a desired blur.
- Also, if you do not have Focus Blur you should use Gaussian Blur or download the plugin here!
3. Add Layer Mask + Rectangle Select
- Add a New Layer Mask, *Right Click* > Add Layer Mask, (on ‘Background Copy’):
- Select White (simple hit enter):
- Using the Rectangle Select Tool select the area of focus, with settings: Feather Edges Radius: 100:
- Fill selection with the Paint Bucket: Black, or go Colors –> Invert:
4. Refining the Blurring (Optional)
- You might like to further refine the edges of the blurring, by grabbing the Paint Brush: White, Circle Fuzzy
- On the Layer Mask touch up the areas that are of non-interest:
6. Saturate for a ‘Plastic’ look of a Model
- Firstly, apply the Layer Mask, *Right Click* > Apply Layer Mask, and *Right Click* > Merge Visible Layers:
- Go, Colors –> Hue/Saturation: Increase saturation until happy with the look!
That’s It! Here is the Before/After:
You might like to try the selective focus in a vertical orientation:
If you get stuck anywhere just comment below!
For inspiration please checkout these photographs!
You can find a video here from Charlie Harvey:
If you’d like to use these photographs please Contact Me!
Please comment below if you have any questions and I’ll answer them ASAP!
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