Note: You will need Photoshop CS6 for this.
Selective focusing has become very popular in the photo industry, people seem to love depth of field.
Adobe added three new features which let you select focus points in Photoshop CS6 which makes creating fake depths of field a lot easier. Tilt-shift was one of them.
I love tilt shift photography and have created some posts curating the best examples of tilt-shift photography, check them out:
20 Stunning Tilt Shift Photos
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Amazing Tilt-Shift Photography With A Samsung Galaxy S2
How To Create Tilt Shift Pictures in Photoshop
1. First you'll need a suitable image. The best images are those which are from a high point of view. I got any old picture from wallbase.
2. Open up Photoshop CS6 and load your picture.
3. Then go to "filter", "blur" and choose "tilt shift".
4. You should then be shown a kind of template which will enable you to select where you want to apply the effect. You can widen it, rotate it and increase/decrease the blur to your liking.
5. Once your happy with your blur you can then tweak the image. I usually increase brightness, contrast, vibrancy and saturation to increase the "miniature" effect.
After that you should be done, it's literally as simple as that. Now you'll be able to add fake tilt-shift effects to any of your pictures.