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Turn something BIG, small! miniaturize it using Photoshop.
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Welcome to another tutorial brought to you by photoshoptalent.com. In this tutorial, we are going to take something big and make it look small. What I mean by that is we are going to take this picture of a cityscape and make it look as if it is a miniature model. Now to do that, we are going to start of in quick mask mode. Now to get in to quick mask mode, all you have to do is press the letter “Q” on your keyboard. You will know that you are in quick mask mode, because at the top, your image, you will see the word quick mask.
The next thing that we are going to do, we are going to go over to the very left side of your screen, where the colors are. and, we are going to make sure black is in the foreground and white is in the background, if it is not press the letter “D” that should change it into black and white, if it does not click on the color and change it manually.
The next thing that we are going to do is we are going to select our gradient tool, which is this tool right over here. If by any chance; it is on the paint bucket tool, hold down your mouse button and click on gradient tool; that will select it as the gradient tool.
Next one, I want make sure our gradient is going from foreground to background, so go up to the top and click on this downwards arrow right here and make sure the first button is selected.
Next, we have a bunch of options to the right. We have linear gradient, radial, angle, reflected, and diamond. We are going to make sure it is on reflected. Once that is selected, we are ready to go. What you want to do now is select a focal point of your image. In this image, I am going to select this main bridge or highway right over here, the overpass. So, I am going to hold down the shift key and placing my mouse right above this overpass, I am going to drag my mouse while holding down the shift key to approximately the bottom of the skyline. Once I have it in place, I am going to let go and you will see a red gradient. The red gradient shows up when you are in quick mask mode.
Now, we are going to press “Q” again to exit quick mask mode. You will notice we have a bunch of what is called marching ants. If you can see here, that is basically your selection. So, we have the top part of the image selected and we have the bottom part of the image selected.
Now, what we are going to do, we are going to go up to filter, blur, and choose lens blur. Now, once the new dialogue box comes up, it maybe different in Photoshop CS one, two, and three. It may look a little bit different, but the options are mainly the same. Over on the side here, if I remember correctly this are basically the default settings. Set the radius to 15, threshold to 245 make sure distribution is at uniform, and I think that is pretty much about it. So, once you have that lens blur, click OK and it will apply the blur to your image.
Now, we want to make sure we deselect our selection. So, we are going to go up to the top and click select, deselect, or if you are on a PC hold down “CTRL” and press “D” on a Mac it is “command D”. So, now we have our image, which is focusing on our focal point, which in this case is the overpass, but things do not seem right. So, what we are going to do we are going to hold down “command” or “CTRL” and press “U,” which will bring up our hue and saturation window. Another way to do that, a longer way, you can go up to image, adjustments, and then hue and saturation. Once that is up, take the saturation and pump it up to let say 25. That will give your image a nice playful look and that is about it.
It looks a lot smaller than it did before. It is focusing on one part, which makes it seem smaller than it actually is. To compare it with the original, this is the original, and this is the new. So, there is a difference and you can do this basically with any image that shows a wide variety of objects whether it will be close up or far away.
Use your imagination and again be sure to check out photoshoptalent.com, there is a link in the description for more tutorials, contest, and information. I will see you soon.