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Image Editing Tutorial - Focal Plane Effects

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NOTE: For this tutorial I'm using Adobe Photoshop CS4, but the same technique will also work in earlier versions CS1, 2 or 3.

As anyone who's seen any of my camera reviews will know, I'm quite keen on model cars (and real ones too) but did you know that I also make model buildings? Here's a quick one I knocked together yesterday afternoon of a well-known London landmark. The actual model is just over two inches tall, and is made entirely from matchsticks and brown paper. It fits in nicely with the miniature model of London I've been working on for a few weeks now.



And if you believe I'm patient enough to make something like that, you obviously don't know me very well. Of course in reality that's just a photo of the real Houses of Parliament, taken from the top of the London Eye. I've made it look like a tiny model by imitating the effect of a very narrow focal plane, an effect common in miniature photography. Because we're used to seeing models photographed in this way, it fools our eye into thinking the building is tiny. Here's how it's doneā€¦

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