How to create a tilt-shift effect using Photoshop.






It’s actually really simple. First of all, you don’t need a special lens. Woo hoo! Second of all, you’ll need a photo editing program such as Photoshop. I’ll give you the basic tips with some images and even if you don’t have Photoshop, but have another editing program, you’ll still probably manage to do this.

Of course, this effect works BEST if taken from an aerial perspective, or from a tall building looking down, with lots of buildings, and lots of people. I unfortunately have shown you none of these things as I used this house photo as my example. Whoopsies.



Select two sections using the Rectangular Marquee tool, holding down shift to select the second section along with the first.


Select the Feather option.


Change the Radius to 20 pixels.


Under Filter, and Blur, select Lens Blur.


Mimic the Lens Blur options as I have shown above. Check the Preview box, select More Accurate, Change Radius to 20, Brightness 11, and Threshold 255.


This is optional. To give the miniature effect that extra ‘fakeness’, increase the Saturation 40+.



And there you have it.

8 Thoughts on “How to create a tilt-shift effect using Photoshop.

  1. How Ive envied those tilt shift lens! Its fantastic to see this tutorial. Thanks so much! Love it!

  2. You’re welcome. Now, go try it on every photo you can find :)

  3. candy this is very helpful.. tell me more about photo shop :)

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I can’t wait to try it out when i get home. Thanks for breaking down the process for photoshop beginners ;)

  5. Wow, I just started to learn how to use photoshop. I’m not the greatest photographer nor do I have one of those nice cameras with special lens’. You tip has given me reason to keep my cannon powershot and experiment with your lens effect.

    This is a great tip, thank you.

  6. Nora – I’ll be sure to post some photoshop stuff every now and then :)

    Laura – You’re welcome :)

    Culinary Addict – Have fun with your camera! And all the cool things you can do with it! I’ll really have to post some other tips soon…

  7. OMG, Sandi she is a little slice of dncliiouseess! These are such great images!! Love the rustic feel with the major frills, beads & dazzling POPS of color. Amazing post production, as always. I’m sure her mommy is gonna LOVE these!

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