Miniature effect in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to focus the viewer’s attention on individual elements in urban photographs, as well as learn how to create a miniature effect using filters and color correction.

Final result:

Step 1

Open a photo of Paris in Photoshop, taking from the archive.

Create Curves Correction Layer (New adjustment layer Curves):

Select a black dropper and click on the part of the photo that should become darker. Then select the white pipette and click on the light area.

The sky will become too light, but we will fix this later.

Create adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (New adjustment layer Hue / Saturation):


Step 2

We are finished with color and light correction, now let’s move on to creating a blur. First you need to unlock the background layer with a photo. Right click on it and select From the background (Layer From Background).

Add a layer to the photo mask (click on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette).

Using a mask, we define an area that should not be blurred. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) and adjust it as shown in the screenshot.

On the mask in black paint the bottom half of the photo.

Click on the layer thumbnail.

Step 3

Apply filter Blur at shallow depth of field (Filter> Blur> Blur at shallow depth of field / Filter> Blur> Lens Blur).

A source (Source): Layer Mask
The form (Shape): Hexagon (Hexagon) (6)

Right click on the mask and select Remove layer mask (Delete Layer Mask). Or just turn off the mask by selecting Turn off layer mask (Disable Layer Mask)

Step 4

Switch to the Curves adjustment layer mask.

Choose a large brush with soft edges and gray color paint the sky to return the clouds.

Step 5

At the end of the lesson we will cut off part of the photo. Choose a tool Cropping (Crop Tool) (C) and select the area to be left. In my case, I wanted to remove the head of the statue at the left edge and remove some of the clouds.

Final result:

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