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Tilt-Shift Miniature Effect Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a miniature effect in Photoshop CS6 using a Tilt-Shift blur filter. The miniature effect is also known as a diorama effect and makes pictures look like miniature scale models. 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.

Tutorial Details

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop
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 an easy and fast task. Modify the settings and experiment with other blur effects for more creative images.


tilit-shift miniature effect in photoshop - preview


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