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Fake model photography

posted by carlos24, Jan 31, 2008 10:35 PM — 22 comments

Here is somthing that you could start of with... (high res click here)

And this is what you will hopefully end up with... (high res click here)

This is quite an effective technique as it enables you to do many different types of photos/graphics. So here is how you do it.

Firstly you will need PhotoShop (PS) to do this, you can always download free trail versions by clicking here . Once you have downloaded it or opened up your own version, you will need to find a suitable image. You can download the high res one of the one i used by clicking here .

Once you have opened it up in PS, press the Q key. Doing this will change to quick mask tool. Once that is done press G to choose gradient tool. Make sure that you have 'reflected gradient', or the button that looks like a cylinder shape selected.

After doing that click and hold the mouse button, Choose where you want the focal point of the photo to be which is normally about halfway between top and bottom of the image.

After you have got somthing like that, press Q to get out of quick mask. Then go to filters --> blur --> lens blur. You will then get a box appear. You can tamper around with the settings to your liking, but as a starter you can use these...

Make sure you click invert. Specular highlight brightness will brighten brighter parts of an image. After you have done this, you will need to mess around with the curves of the image to add the 'fakeness' or feeling of an artificial landscape. To access the curves click on Image --> Adjustments --> Curves. Once you have clicked on that, a window like this will appear.

I suggest that you use the same output - input numbers as I have used. This takes a bit of messing arround to get it to the right numbers depending on what image / graphic you are using.

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1. posted by schoorl200, Jan 21, 2010 7:58 AM

links are out so I can only rate this tutorial as absolutely worthless

2. posted by admin, Feb 1, 2008 6:41 PM

This is a great tutorial! Tilt/shift lenses aren't too cheap... :)

3. posted by corders, Feb 1, 2008 11:23 PM

great! thanks!

4. posted by renqin, Feb 12, 2008 8:05 AM

well down!!

5. posted by elcioc, Feb 23, 2008 8:45 PM

GREAT TUTORIAL - Thanks for this :)

6. posted by Emmama, Mar 20, 2008 2:50 PM

Interesting result for not much work. I'm going to have a dig round for some suitable images and have a play!

Thanks for the tutorial.

7. posted by oscardolla, Mar 30, 2008 10:06 AM tutorial!


8. posted by vaske555, Apr 7, 2008 1:30 PM

Links are dead :(

9. posted by SpearOne, Apr 7, 2008 5:43 PM

Yeah links are dead! And the pictures aren't showing!

10. posted by carlos24, Apr 8, 2008 1:00 AM

sorry about the links, my web server is down since i am changing site. it should be up and running tomorrow. again sorry for that...

11. posted by carlos24, Apr 13, 2008 12:28 AM

links should all be working now. sorry for anyone who was reading it that wasnt able to see the links. come check it out...

12. posted by effigy27, May 4, 2008 4:49 AM

no pictures? not to complain but this seems to be a community of visual people who rely on images to comprehend.

13. posted by carlos24, May 5, 2008 12:45 AM

no pictures???? what do you mean

14. posted by t-u, May 22, 2008 6:28 PM

15. posted by anirabbani, Jun 1, 2008 1:23 AM

yep. no pictures. all crosses. and im not going blind. im sure of that.

16. posted by carlos24, Jul 2, 2008 11:25 PM

make sure you click on the bar shaped button: graphy/gradient.jpg

then once you do that click in the middle and drag upwards. also if you hold ctrl or shift or whatever a mac ps uses, it will go dirrectly upwards

17. posted by keithtoy, Jun 28, 2008 3:11 PM

I can't get it. In one of the steps you mention:

"click and hold the mouse button, Choose where you want the focal point of the photo to be which is normally about halfway between top and bottom of the image."

After you click and hold what do I do? Drag horizontally or vertically? The full span of the photo or just a portion of it? I can't seem to get mine to look like the third photo in the gradient step.

Sorry, but I'm kinda new at this.

18. posted by funkytaco, Jul 8, 2008 4:22 AM

This is emulating "tilt shift" photography, as mentioned by the admin.

19. posted by Ramblation, Sep 8, 2008 10:50 AM

Just a quick tip, for those that have earlier versions of Photoshop without the Lense Blur filter, use Gaussian Blur instead.

20. posted by phardcastl, Oct 15, 2008 7:03 PM

Links are bad...

21. posted by carlos24, Oct 15, 2008 10:26 PM

links will be fixed by tomorrow

22. posted by dirtypaper, Nov 1, 2008 5:23 AM

Strange effect. it really looks like a Maquette!

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