Making a detailed scale model miniature is a painstaking process, but not if you have the right kind of photo and use tilitshiftmaker.com to help you fake one.
Its surprisingly easy to fool our mind into thinking it's looking at something very small when looking at a scene from above and with only a narrow band in focus.
It must throw out some part of our brain that deals with scale or depth and creates a convincing illusion of the real world rendered tiny.
The hard-core way to make these kind of images is with a specialized tilt-shift lens, or in post processing with an image editor.
Tiltshiftmaker.com takes the process online and makes it easy, fun and free.
First capture a scene where you’re looking down slightly and with a spread of foreground and background elements. Here’s my one that I took from the top of a parking garage.
Uploaded into tiltshiftmaker.com and processed with their simple tool it came out as something more intriguing.
The website lets you upload reasonably large files up to 5mb and 4096 pixels on the longest side or point it to a URL. And if you don't have your own image there are some samples to play with.
My only small beef is that the preview on the site that shows how the final image will look is very small. I assume given the processing going on in the background, keeping this preview small helps tiltshiftmaker.com perform better.
The time taken to process a final image is very quick and if you download it and think it needs adjusting, its very easy to go back to the website and make another version.
Overall a fun and super-easy web tool that is easy to recommend.