March 18, 2006

Faking tilt-shift with Photoshop

Heh–a little trend seems to have grown up around giving aerial photos the appearance of miniature models, first by using tilt-shift lenses & now via Photoshop.
Photographer Olivo Barbieri’s work drew some attention a few months back, inspiring folks without tilt-shift lenses (or helicopters, for that matter) to find other ways to produce similar effects. Writer Christopher Phin whipped up a simple Photoshop tutorial, and now there’s a Flickr photo group devoted to tilt-shift fakery (here’s a good set) [Via]. A similar technique has been applied to a movie, and Boing Boing provides more good examples here.

Posted by John Nack at 11:47 AM on March 18, 2006


  • Christopher Phin — 10:00 AM on March 19, 2006

    I hadn’t seen that movie before and it looks superb; thanks for pointing it out. I love it when folk start riffing on a technique; I was delighted to see it being applied to games stills too. The Internet’s a work of genius…

  • Leon Homan — 12:09 PM on February 18, 2009

    Excellent information. Thanks a lot. before the trend really gains momentum, I’m going to fool a couple of friends… :-)

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