Tilt-Shift Images – A.K.A. Mr. Rogers Style

I have to start out with a confession, and let me be loud and clear. I am in no way, shape, or form, any kind of designer. I am not artistic. I can’t draw a straight line. My wife will quickly tell you that I have a 50/50 chance of picking out matching clothes. All of these things are fair assessments, and I accept them. With that out of the way, I want to share something with you design-wise that I think you will like.

The “tilt-shift image effect” is a technique that makes images look like model photographs. Think about looking at a model train display with little trees and houses. That’s what the tilt-shift effect does. I’m sure all you talented Photoshop users out there could achieve this effect in no time at all; however, for the graphically challenged folks out there (read: ME), I have found a site where you can pull this off without the benefit of Photoshop layers.

Before I show you the site and an example photograph, I will disclose why I think I like this effect.  The tilt-shift reminds me of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.  Yes, the “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” Mr Rogers.  Remember when the show would come on, how the camera would follow the trolley through the neighborhood on the way to Mr. Rogers pad?  That’s the image I remember. A time of cardigans, sneakers, and feelings.  How can you not smile when you think of the iconic characters from that show?  Mr. McFeely, King Friday, Queen Saturday, Prince Tuesday, Daniel Striped Tiger, Lady Elaine Fairchild, X the Owl, Donkey Hodie, and Henrietta Pussycat.  And remember their “hood?” 

Mr. Rogers

Now that you’re full of Mr. Rogers memories, I’m sure you’re ready to tilt-shift away.  To use the tilt-shift technology, visit tiltshiftmaker.com.  You can upload up to an 8MB image.  Once uploaded, you adjust the effect and download a fully tilt-shifted version.  I took the picture below from the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse this summer on vacation.


Now, here is that same picture Mr. Rogers-style.

I hope you enjoy the site, the picture, and the memories. 

It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive. 
It’s such a happy feeling, you’re growing inside. 
And when you wake up ready to say,
I think I’ll make a snappy new day.

Thanks, Mr. Rogers…for everything.

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