Creating The “Tilt Shift” Look in Lightroom

Mornin’ everybody — glad to see you here today. 🙂

Normally, we’d go to Photoshop and use its Blur Gallery “Tilt Shift” filter to create the “tiny town” look made famous by Tilt Shift lenses — where you photograph a scene from a high angle, (maybe on a rooftop or from a hotel window), and then applying this effect makes the scene look like a tiny toy model. Anyway, here’s a way you can do the whole thing in Lightroom.

Cool that you can do the whole thing right within Lightroom.

OK, ready for a cool Photoshop technique?
I did a step-by-step tutorial over on my daily blog on how to create a drop shadow effect that was inspired by “The Gallery at KelbyOne” winner Mark Wegner’s portfolio. When we showed Mark’s work, one of my readers asked how to create a similar shadow effect, and that’s what I did today over on the blog.

Hope you find at least one of those helpful.

Stop by back tomorrow — it’s very possible that I’ll have something unusually super cool to show you (OK, it’s more than possible). 🙂



P.S. We’re around 60-days from the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando (we’re not doing Vegas this year – just Orlando) so come out and spend three days with us learning and laughing, and making new friends. Click right here to watch the official trailer (betcha it makes you wanna come to Orlando with us!). 

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  9. I don’t really see the effect working here. I have seen tilt shift photos and they do make things look small. Compared to the original image, things don’t look any smaller or miniature. It just looks like the top and bottom are blurry but I don’t really get the tilt shift effect I have seen in other images. I think there is something missing, or maybe this was a bad photo to demo the effect with?

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