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After Effects Video Tutorial: Tilt-Shift Effect

Mikey Borup

In this video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a realistic tilt-shift effect in Adobe After Effects.

Adobe After Effects

In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a realistic tilt-shift effect in After Effects. Instead of buying a really expensive tilt-shift lens, you can get the sought after “miniature” look solely in post production.

The technique is surprisingly simple. The video covers:

  • What shots work best for time-lapse
  • Simulating a timelapse/stop motion look
  • Creating luma mattes

Tilt-shift footage is not very difficult to create or produce but the secret to perfecting the effect is knowing when to use it and when to not use it.

Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view. 

1 Create a new composition and drag your stock footage into the new composition button.

2 Go to layer>Time>Time Stretch set the stretch to 25.

3 Trim your comp and precompose the footage.

4 Add the Posterize Time effect to make it feel more like a time-lapse.

5 Create a new black solid and add a light sweep. Add a Fast Blur and make a gradient using both effects.

6 Precompose the black solid layer and name it “matte”. Then move it under the footage layer.

7 Add a Camera Lens Blur effect to your footage layer and set the layer to “Matte”.

8 Add a feathered black shape using the pen tool in the background of the Matte Layer to enhance the depth of field.

9 Add in some text right above the cars.

10 Add a light to the text.

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, or if you have any quick tips for creating tilt-shift in After Effects, please comment below!