As part of the new set of blur filters in Photoshop CS6 Beta, the tilt-shift effect is all done for you. Well, almost anyway…
This effect is found under Filter>Blur>Tilt-Shift (one of the three new filters). The effect also goes by the name of miniature.
The outermost lines (the dashed ones) control the blend of the blurry areas of the image with in-focus ones. The solid lines control the thickness of the ‘corridor’ of focus through the image. Carefully controlling these two will adapt a unqiue tilt-shift effect.
What’s especially handy is the ability to control the amount of blurring. This is done using the grey circular slider that’s found around the dot in the centre.
The Distortion adjustment is the icing on the cake, allowing the blurry areas to be stretched out, as if the image was shot with a low-quality lens.
If you’re yet to try out Photoshop CS6 Beta (we recommend you do while it’s free!), head to Adobe Labs.