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The post with the most views on this site is and has been for quite some time how to add simulated tilt-shift using Photoshop. Since that was written quite some time ago and for Photoshop Elements I wanted to write an updated version using Photoshop CC. Also to simplify the effect even further.
To make it even more comparable I will be using the same source file for the effects.
Here is the source:
This is the effect we are going for:
So let’s jump right in.
Download the file or chose a file of your own and open it in Photoshop
I named the new layer ‘Blur’ to make it easier to distinguish from the other. It’s always good to always name layers as a rule of thumb.
Choose a value high enough to make the image soft but still possible to see what it looks like. For me a value of about 8 was good.
The layer mask can be added by the button marked by the arrow. Layer masks can always be used when you want to apply a change to part of an image.
You have now reproduced a simulated tilt-shift effect in your image.
What I did was to then adjust the color and saturation a bit to further simulate a small scale model instead of reality.