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01/24/2008 07:06:04 PM · #1
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'How to Create Miniature Scenes using Photoshop'
by Phil

View this tutorial here.
01/24/2008 08:18:48 PM · #2
Good job, Phil! I'll have to try that method out soon. :)
01/24/2008 08:28:53 PM · #3
Very cute. That would have been good for the Childhood Without Children challenge.
02/06/2008 11:41:47 PM · #4
I really like this technique, though I'd like to point out you can perform it with far older versions of Photoshop (and I'm sure other editors) -- I use PS 5.0 myself.

Instead of using the "Reflected Gradient" setting, I make two separate graduated masks for the upper and lower portions. That way I can apply different blurring values to the different sections; also, I just use the regular Gaussian Blur filter.

This technique works well for photos taken from high angles, like these two taken from an airplane:

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I also used a version of this technique for this recent entry: ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/800/120/632176.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/800/120/632176.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
02/07/2008 12:01:00 AM · #5
Funny timing on this.
I just did one for the first time a couple days ago:
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02/08/2008 11:05:54 PM · #6
Here's another recent one I found -- a variation on a challenge entry:

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02/08/2008 11:14:13 PM · #7
So interesting! Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to try it... eventually.... :-)
02/08/2008 11:18:01 PM · #8
I found something on line over a year ago. It did the exact same as your tutorial except it increased the highlights in Curves to almost blowout some of the highlights.

I did this one. It was really difficult because not only did I have to use the gradient to make the mask, but I had to go over the stoplight pole as well.

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Original

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Miniature
02/08/2008 11:27:51 PM · #9
Originally posted by TonyT:

It was really difficult because not only did I have to use the gradient to make the mask, but I had to go over the stoplight pole as well.' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/55837/120/481612.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/55837/120/481612.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
Miniature

Yeah, tricky -- nice job!
02/08/2008 11:42:49 PM · #10
Originally posted by TonyT:

I found something on line over a year ago. It did the exact same as your tutorial except it increased the highlights in Curves to almost blowout some of the highlights.

I did this one. It was really difficult because not only did I have to use the gradient to make the mask, but I had to go over the stoplight pole as well.

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Original

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Miniature


Hey! You did it right. I rarely see one of these where they pay attention to the "focal plane" in the editing, and it always annoys me. You did an awesome job here though.
11/22/2008 11:16:51 PM · #11
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Here's one I made earlier...
11/25/2008 09:11:43 AM · #12
VERY COOL!!!!! THANKS!

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Message edited by author 2008-11-25 09:15:05.
05/10/2009 01:40:40 PM · #13
wow great images! im starting to get into this type of editing technique and was just wondering is it was aloud in advanced eding rule set for challenges?
05/10/2009 02:11:53 PM · #14
I don't often get a chance to get up above scenes like that. I'd love to though. I really enjoy these when done decently.
05/22/2009 02:10:13 PM · #15
This is indeed a cool trick. Seems so much fun. I'll try that one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers!

Captain Kimo
07/07/2009 01:41:53 AM · #16
One more point to mention on this is that it works best if the light is strong and the shadows crisp. Like it would be from a desk lamp. An overcast sky lowers the illusion a bit.
07/18/2010 12:08:46 PM · #17
Something else to think about is the angle that you take your shot. If you take it at eye lvl the effect not as good so you need to take your shot from a higher lvl so you are looking down onto your subject.
07/18/2010 12:15:31 PM · #18
wow this is sooooo cool!
07/18/2010 12:41:17 PM · #19
Awesome Phil! I've been yearning to do this ever since I first saw the Tilt Shift challenge a while ago here. So happy to see that it doesn't require a Lensbaby!!!!!
07/13/2020 07:58:36 PM · #20
Originally posted by amitsingh:

i agree with you

Thank you Phil, for this tutorial. Great job.
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