Using Tilt-Shift Blur on a Portrait in Photoshop

On this Lynda video photographer Chris Orwig takes a look a the (relatively) new Tilt-Shift Blur filter on Photoshop CC  and how it could be used on a portrait image.

Tilt-Shift Blur in Photoshop CC allows you to tilt or shift the focus on an image so that you can have a slice of your image in focus and the rest of it blurry. Unlike regular tilt shift (with a lens) you can create any tilt shift that you like – ever something which is completely unrealistic and can never be created with a tilt shift lens (this is not necessarily a good thing but it does open new possibilities).

We have looked at Tilt Shift lenses and tilt shift in general several times in the past, including on a video tutorial by Photoshop expert Nicole Dalesio who looks at “Using Tilt-Shift Effects in Photoshop to Create Amazing Miniature Worlds“, lensrentals on how to use Tilt Shift lensesHow to Add a Tilt Shift Lens Blur to Aerial Photos Using Photoshop and even on a spectacular timelapse – The Lion City: Tilt Shift Timelapse Dream and more recently a video by photographer Jay P. Morgan – Using a Tilt-Shift Lens for Focus Control.

You can find many other Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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