Something to play with over the weekend.

At first glance, you might think, “What insane miniaturist does this kind of detail work?” I’m sure there are people who do, but this is a tilt-shift photo of an actual pool on a Princess cruise ship. It’s a fake miniature.

Tilt-shift fake miniatures have a few groups on Flickr. Basically, you blur everything but a select area of the photo, boost the contrast, and jigger the color to make the little people look like painted models. It helps to take the original photo from up high, and composition is a big part of it. These folks have a tutorial. People who are good at it come up with stuff like this.

But now someone has set up an easy way to get reasonable results. Go to, upload your photo, tweak two variables, and download the result. That’s how I created the pool photo above. Have fun!


2 Responses to “Something to play with over the weekend.”

  1. LiJuun Says:

    I haven’t done one in ages, but I have had loads of fun transforming my vacation photos from around the world into little minis! A friend taught me how to do it using Photoshop. It’s pretty tricky and took some practice, but I now have a whole folder full of mini castles and tourist attractions. Way addictive. And now they’ve got an easy way to do it? HOLD ME BACK. Who knows how many hours I could lose to that thing. 🙂

  2. Esri Rose Says:

    You were really on top of this trend! I’m definitely going to keep this technique in mind when I take photos on my next trip.

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