Make photos look miniature

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I found a very cute application called TiltShift Maker that will make your photos look like miniature play-set versions of themselves.

It’s very simple and easy to use, you can upload any photo to your computer and you’ll get an instant preview of how it will look miniaturized.  You can adjust many aspects of the blurb and designate where the focal point of your image is.  After adjusting the settings click on the preview button to see what they’ll look like before getting your final photo.  You can get a  480×640 and 720×960 size of your miniaturized photo for free or pony up some cash to get larger sizes.  I plugged in a photo I took from the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego and here are the results:

That’s pretty gosh darn adorable if I do say so myself!

http://tiltshiftmaker.com/photo-editing.php

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Free Stock

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Free stock photography can great great for low-budget or…no-budget projects.  In a lot of cases you get what you pay for, but there’s some really nice shots hidden in there too.  Some resources that I like to use are:

http://sxc.hu/
http://www.dreamstime.com/
http://www.freestockphotos.biz/
http://www.rgbstock.com/
http://pixabay.com/

I contribute to stock exchange myself. Also, if you’re looking for textures you’ll have a much easier time finding some free resources.  There’s a lot of different texture websites out there, but my favorite so far is:

http://www.cgtextures.com/

A few more that have some restrictions:

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
You can only get very tiny photos here

 

No longer free u.u

http://www.stockfreeimages.com/
They only allow you to download one photo for free

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