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Miniaturisation

Postby potatojunkie » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:09 pm

Tilt shift miniatures were a bit of a fad a while back. The idea is to make real scenes look like miniatures using potatoshop, viz:

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Essentially, you're faking really shallow depth of field and then bumping up the saturation/lightness/curves to make things look more artificial and plasticy. Works best on overhead shots of distant subjects, and it helps to have a strong light source.

The quick and easy way to fake the DOF is to apply a quick mask, draw a reflected gradient out from the centre of where you want your sharp point of focus to be, and run the Lens Blur filter over the top.

A much better but far more time consuming way is to open an Alpha Channel and create a depth mask. Mine was quite rough-and-ready (the whole building shouldn't be in focus, f'rinstance):

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Everything you want in sharp focus should be white. Then start looking for planes of focus. A tall building, say, shouldn't be significantly blurrier at the top than it is at the bottom. It's best to draw a reflected gradient for the flat ground, and then use that as a reference when working out how in-focus an object should be. When you're done drawing the alpha channel, apply a slight gaussian blur just to soften it a little, then run Lens Blur on your image, and select Alpha 1 (or whatever you named your alpha channel) on the 'depth mask' dropdown.

Once you've gotten your DOF sorted to your satisfaction, it's just a matter of playing with saturation sliders and colour curves until you're happy with it.

There are some far better examples (and a bunch of groups for them) on Flickr.

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Postby Fossil » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:33 pm

crackers potato 8)
Must give this a go

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Postby The Voyageur » Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:09 pm

Thats amazing potatojunkie.

With enough work, we could have a virtual toy-glasgow.
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Postby Fossil » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:16 pm

Some wee toy people from yesterday
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Postby Josef » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:27 pm

Five more and we'll have an HG Subbuteo team.

Nice one, Foss :) .
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Postby scaryman2u » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:48 pm

The Uncompromisingly huge version was surreal PJ excellent stuff
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Postby John » Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:09 pm

Modern Fossil wrote:Some wee toy people from yesterday
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I could just put you all in my pocket and take you home to keep.
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Postby McShad » Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:00 pm

JohnR wrote:
Modern Fossil wrote:Some wee toy people from yesterday
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I could just put you all in my pocket and take you home to keep.


You don't wanna know what I'd do to the inside of your pocket.... just think what that tripod could do
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Postby scaryman2u » Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:08 pm

Modern Fossil wrote:Some wee toy people from yesterday
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Ha ha, that reminds me of the wee family who lived under the floorboards in the film The Borrowers ::):
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Postby Fossil » Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:13 pm

Its addictive ::):
Original from McShad. 3rd from the bottom
http://www.hiddenglasgow.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5319&start=150

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Postby MacotheIsles » Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:46 pm

Here's one of my car made to look like a model...

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Postby gordon » Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:50 pm

Must admit, i love the carpet effect you've applied to the grass....even down to it folding up at the edges!

A true masterpiece! :wink:
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Postby Monument » Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:46 pm

Modern Fossil wrote:Its addictive ::):
Original from McShad. 3rd from the bottom
http://www.hiddenglasgow.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5319&start=150

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Could you crop that for me? I will use it as my avatar. Monument in situ :D
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Postby Fossil » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:59 pm

Wreck
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Postby engineer » Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:43 pm

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