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Create a Model Size City: Tilt Shift Miniature Photoshop Tutorial

By October 14, 2008 8 Comments

Tilt-shift miniature faking is a process in which a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated so that it looks like a photograph of a miniature scale model. By distorting the focus of the photo, the artist simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is (Wikipedia) and it is particularity suited to cityscapes.

TUAW have broken form their normal Mac based news to put up a fantastic tutorial talking you through the few simple steps to create your own model city view from almost any imagery.

If you have five minutes to spare head over to the TUAW tutorial

It is also worth looking at the additional Fake Model Photography tutorial by Christopher Phin. The concept is the same but the technique is actually slightly refined and much easier to pick up.

We will be featuring some examples over the coming weeks using GigaPan image capture techniques (more on that soon), if you have a model cityscape let us know..

You can see the title image of Sydney by Becky E in its full glory via Flickr.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.