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 a diorama effect and makes 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.
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.
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.
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.
As you can see the tilt-shift miniature effect is easy and fast. Modify the settings and experiment with other blur effects for more creative images.