Simulating a tilt-shift lens in Photoshop

Here’s the video tutorial on how to simulate a tilt-shift lens in photoshop and make the subject(s) look like miniatures.

And here are the notes if you want to have a printed reference.


  • Start by finding your file in Lightroom
  • Crop and frame to your liking
  • Clip the whites and blacks to taste
  • Bring the Clarity way up
  • Bring the Vibrance way up
  • Bring the Saturation way up
    • We’re looking for a picture with extreme contrasts and saturation.  Almost comical.
  • Make any other minor adjustments and export the file
  • Open in Photoshop


  • Duplicate the background layer
  • Hit “Q” to go into quick select mode
  • Select the Gradient tool
  • Select a Reflected Gradient (4th from the left at the top of the screen)
  • Place the cursor at the center of the area that has to be in focus
  • Click, drag and release at the point where things should start to blur
  • Hit “Q” again to exit quick select mode (make sure you see the marching ants)
  • Go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur
  • Just play with the Radius slider to taste
  • Press OK and you’re done!
  • You can add a Vibrance adjustment layer if you like to make the colours even more punchy
  • Export your file and save.

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