Fix It In Photoshop | How To Add A Cool Tilt-Shift Lens Effect To Your Images

David Coultham

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This article is an extract from the Fix It In Photoshop book, which is available as an eBook, paperback and in hardback. Please check out my store for more details. Here is how to add a cool tilt-shift lens effect to your images using Adobe Photoshop!

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STEP 1: Make sure you have the image you want to edit is selected in the Layers Tab of the Panels. Then right-click on the Layer and select ‘Convert To Smart Object’. You can also go via the Application Bar and ‘Layer >Smart Objects > Convert To Smart Object’. This ensures that any changes done in are non-destructive.

STEP 2: Then head up to the Application Bar, and select ‘Filters > Blur Gallery > Tilt-Shift’. A pop-up panel appears, and Photoshop places boundary lines horizontally onto your image.

The area in the middle of the boundary indicates sharpness, and the edges indicate that the image is gradually blurring from the center line to the outer lines. You can adjust the position of the lines to suit your image by hovering over the lines, and a grab handle appears. You can also change how much blur effect is applied from the pop-up panel, as well as add a distortion effect if you wish. Once you are happy with the effect, simply click OK at the top of the window to commit the change.

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