In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a miniature effect in Photoshop CS6 using Tilt-Shift blur filter. Miniature effect is also known as diorama effect and make pictures look like a miniature scale model. With Photoshop CS6 this effect is easier than ever to create. Tilt-shift blurring is another option in Photoshop, so let’s see how to use it.

Learn how to create miniature effect pictures in Photoshop

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS5 or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes
Resources: Old train by 96tommy

Step 1 > Open the Image

First, open the image you want to use. For better results use detailed images. This will separate the main object from the blurred part of the image. Also, make sure you duplicate the Background layer.

tilit-shift miniature effect in photoshop step 1

Step 2 > Tilt-Shift

Go to Filter > Blur > Tilt-Shift and in the new tab set the Blur around 15-20px. Play with the settings until you are happy with the result. Usually, the only useful setting I find is the Blur. Press OK to confirm the changes and return.

tilit shift mianiture effect step 2a

tilit shift mianiture effect step 2b

Step 3 > Saturation

One last step is to boost the colors. Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and change the Saturation to +20. Press OK to confirm the changes.

tilt shift miniature effect in photoshop step 3


As you can see the tilt-shift miniature effect is easy and fast. Play with settings and other blur options for more creative images.


tilit-shift miniature effect in photoshop - preview

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