Quick Tutorial Shows You How to Create a Tilt-Shift Effect in Photoshop

Tilt-shift images can be made one of two ways: one is to capture them in-camera using a tilt-shift lens, and the other is to create the effect in post-production by using a clever blurring technique.

One isn’t necessarily better than the other — each has its own time and place — but more often than not, creating the effect in post-production is the most convenient (read: cheapest) method.


To help run through the basics of creating a tilt-shift scene in post-production, Nicole Dalesio, of Craftsy, shows off a quick and efficient method using Photoshop’s built-in blur tools. Dalesio runs through two different images, one of an urban landscape and one of a train station, to show how the effect can affect the aesthetic quality of the final image.

At six minutes long, the tutorial is short enough to be watched over a lunch break, so press play and enjoy the tutorial while you devour that chicken sandwich that’s been calling your name all morning.

  • Helk

    Aesthetically there may be little difference- that depends on the person viewing it. In reality the effect is more realistic if done in camera because the sense of depth and distance is retained in the out-of-focus areas whereas it’s harder to achieve with Photoshop especially in photos with a large depth of field, because the effect is on pixels regardless of the actual distance from the camera ie the out-of-focus effect would be the same for objects that are not equidistant from the camera if they were in the same radius of the blur as rendered by software.
    Nit-picky, I know

  • Alan Klughammer

    I agree, a true scheimpflug effect is very difficult to do in post. If only I could afford a good tilt-shift lens…


    And on top of the sentiment itself, who can resist such a strange but cool word? : Scheimpflug

  • Leo Cavallini

    This place looks like Luz station in São Paulo, is it?

  • Felipe Matarucco

    Yes, sir!!

  • Leo Cavallini

    Foi o Sr. Francisco Morato à esquerda que me disse hehe, essa estação é demais pra fotografar…