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Tilt Shift Kuaii

Filed under: Art and Photography — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

I just learned how to edit photographs to make them look like models using Tilt Shift Photography. There are ways to do it with a really cool camera, but if you have taken an aerial photo with a normal camera, you can use Photoshop techniques to make it look like a Tilt Shift photo. There is a tutorial here:

The basic steps are:

  • Choose Quick Mask mode.
  • Using the Gradient Tool in Reflection mode, draw a vertical line from the center of the in-focus area to the point where the transition from in-focus to out-of-focus is completed.
  • Return to Standard Mode
  • Choose the Open Lens Blur Filter option.
  • Deselect
  • Open Hue/Saturation in the Adjustments menu and increase Saturation (+40).
  • Open Curves in the Adjustments menue and create an S shaped curve.

This is my first try. It looks better if you click on it to look at it full size:

Tilt Shift Kuaii 02-10-02 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

The original is here:

Kuaii, Hawaii 02-10-02 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Here is another one I did:

Tilt Shift Kuaii 02-10-02 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

It has been a while since I’ve found anything fun to do with my photos like this. It makes me want to hike the Wasatch Mountains so I can tilt shift my town.


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