How To Create A Tilt Shift Lens Effect

Create a great finish to your images by using the tilt-shift effect. The effect allows you to focus attention on your subject while adding a blur effect to your background. The resulting image is pleasingly focused yet soft. Take advantage of the reality-shifting effects of PaintShop Pro and learn how to create a tilt-shift lens effects.

You can create a quick miniature effect (also known as a tilt-shift effect) so that the scene in a photo resembles a miniature model or toy. The illusion is created by adjusting the depth of field, usually across a specified horizon line, and increasing the saturation of the photo.

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select Selective Focus

Choose Effects > Photo Effects > Selective Focus. The Selective Focus dialog box appears. You can maximize the dialog box to increase the size of the Before and After panes of the preview area.

3. Pick a Selection Tool

In the Area of focus, click one of the following tools:

  • Planar Selection Tool — the default tool for setting a linear area of focus. It is effective at setting an area of focus along a road, bridge, or other linear element that isn’t along the edge of your photo.
  • Half Planar Selection Tool — lets you set a linear area of focus along the edge of a photo
  • Radial Selection Tool — lets you set a circular area of focus.

4. Adjust position

In the Before pane of the preview area, when your pointer displays the move cursor, drag the area of focus to the position you want.

5. Adjust the area of focus

Drag the rotation handle (the box at the end of the short line) to rotate the area of focus.

6. Set the edges for the area of focus

Drag a sizing handle (on the solid lines) to set the edges for the area of focus.

7. Fine-tune the results

Fine-tune the results by dragging any of the following sliders:

  • Blur amount — determines the amount of blur outside the area of focus
  • Feather edge — determines the softness of the transition between the area in focus and the blurred areas. You can also adjust feathering interactively by dragging a feathering handle (on the dotted lines) in the Before pane.
  • Saturation — determines the intensity of the colors in the photo. Increasing saturation can help simulate the vivid paint colors used for models and toys.

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