The phrase "tilt-shift" describes a photographic technique that is
used to create special effects when taking a photo.
A type of camera lens that can be moved (shifted) and pointed at different angles (tilted)
This can have the effect of changing the focus of the picture in unusual
Lens with shift mechanism
Tilt-shift style miniature photos are simply photos of real life scenes that
are made to look like miniature scale models.
This is done using either a special camera lens (one with tilt capability), or with
software, instead of a special lens. These photos are sometimes
called "fake" miniatures, because they are pictures of
Lens with both tilt and shift mechanism
Additionally, the simulated depth-of-field method in software and TiltShiftMaker can be called "fake
tilt-shift", as the resulting photos were not taken with a real tilt/shift lens.
For more information, see the Wikipedia article Tilt-shift photography
TiltShiftMaker lets you easily transform your existing digital photos
into cool miniature style pictures. Usually you would have to do
this by following tutorials in image editing software. Now you can do it
in a few easy steps - all online without any charge.
Note: TiltShiftMaker is not intended to replace the flexible image
blur and layering functionality present in dedicated photo packages, however we
are continually adding functionality to the site and with our newest version 1.3, we are confident that
it's possible to get results that match or surpass much more expensive software.
At the very least, it should give you an easy way to try out the tilt-shift effect for
your photos. See our pages with suggestions on choosing a photo
for more details.