Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes

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I discovered the Tilt Shift technique perusing the photography of Drew Wilson, an uber talented young photographer here in Sarasota. I asked him about the process and he was kind enough to share it with me.

Lil raft

Tilt shift lenses focus on a single part of the photo and shift (blur) the surrounding area to create an optical illusion of miniaturized scenery. Real tilt shift lenses are quite expensive, but a similar effect can be achieved by using Photoshop after you take the photo.

Tilt shift photographs create an optical illusion that makes scenes appear as if they are actually miniature models (like your uncle’s train set). The outer edges are blurred which tricks the eye into perceiving everything in the unblurred parts as miniature.  It’s a fun post processing trick – and it’s quite easy to reproduce.

UPDATE:  Many of you have asked if there is a plug in or Tilt Shift software that will do this.  The closest I’ve found so far is:  FocalPoint 2  You can try it out for free.

Here is my (and Drew’s) Photoshop tutorial for creating fake tilt shift photos.

  1. Taking the photo. An above ground shot is usually best for this type of technique. Cityscapes, crowds, streets, and similar things are perfect.
  2. Open the shot in Adobe Photoshop and click onto “quick mask mode”.
    Quick mask mode
  3. Select the gradient tool.
  4. Select the “cylindrical gradient reflected gradient”.
    reflected gradient
  5. Draw vertically upwards from where you want the point of focus to be up the screen to the top of the window, and release the mouse button. A red transparent line should appear.
    Masked tilt shift gradient
  6. Go back into “Standard Mask Mode”.
    Standard mask mode
  7. In Photoshop CS2 or CS3 go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur (Or if you have Photoshop 7.0 you can use Gaussian Blur). Then select the amount of blur you’d like. You can experiment with the radius value a bit to see what amount of blur looks best.
  8. (Optional) For a more “plastic” feel you can increase the saturation and contrast in the photo.

There you have it – you should have a nice “fake tilt shift” photo. You can experiment with lots of different photographs – some are a lot better than others for “miniaturization”.

And when you’re ready to step it up even more,  you can incorporate HDR Photography and Tilt Shift together for amazingly stunning fake miniature scenes in high contrast.  Using the above technique along with HDR software, such as top brand Photomatix (we have a 15% Off Coupon code),  you can achieve results like this:

Miniature House (Tilt Shift HDR)
photo credit: Brandon Godfrey

Below are a few more examples of the tilt shift technique for producing realistic looking miniature scenes. Feel free to link to your own tilt shift photos in the comments. Happy shrinking!

Tiny Gator Fans

My Lil Black G35

Miniature Siesta Key

Ferrari Enzo in Sarasota

Plastic ball

lil miami at nite

206 Responses to Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes

  1. Kirill says:
    Очень понравилось! Very nice..
  2. James says:
    Excellent, thanks for this, will be trying out tonight on some old photos.

    I love these tilt shift shots.

  3. Josh says:
    here’s one!
    i just made it. from the brighton station aerial. i dont take credit for the original photo. i take credit for the tilt-shift :)
  4. Braydon says:
    Hey there,
    I have photoshop 7 and I can’t seem to find where to adjust the radius value. I used Gaussian Blur to blur my image as you mentioned because when I go to Filter>Blur>Blur..the adjusting table doesn’t appear. Whats your advise? By the way..your pics are wesome!
  5. Markus says:
    Thanks, Braydon – you have to go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (not just regular Blur).
  6. […] Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes […]
  7. Mauri says:
    Nice, but you are forgetting how to correct the perspective. Actually that’s what really makes things look minuatures. For sure tilt lenses are used for a better contol of deep of field, but the real advantage is the ability to correct perspective as I said
  8. Markus says:
    @Mauri: What do you mean by “correct the perspective”?
  9. Ann says:
    These are eye candy, I just can’t stop looking at them. I tried this technique and found it much more difficult than I imagined it would be.
  10. Markus says:
    Thanks, Ann. I spent an entire afternoon going through my photo collection to find the right pictures for this. It IS pretty tricky.
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  12. DeXtmL says:
    i used to use such technique heavily to create swallow DOF effect. Never thought this can make things appear like miniatures. Great article. thx for sharing.


  13. yuanann says:
    this is amazing. thanks for sharing. I did mine here :-D
  14. tom says:
    wow nice images.
  15. Dave says:
    Tricky stuff! But I like the simplicity of how you have explained it. It just takes a little bit of trying and then you get the hang of it.
  16. Thanks for this, will be trying my photos


  17. wronx says:
    Super-wypas. Mega cool effect
  18. VST says:
    Nice one, but to make that kind of pictures you need to think about this before – you cant make it of every picture…
  19. TheAnand says:
    That is a really neat trick to do it! thanks for sharing. I always wondered how they get that blur plus clear look!!!
  20. Ficholas Norneris says:
    I see no Cylindrical Gradient tool in my Photoshop (CS3)
  21. Markus says:
    @21: It’s actually called “reflected gradient”. Click on Gradient in your toolset (G) and look up – on top left you will see different gradients – select refelected gradient.
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  23. Photoception says:
    Try using a VIEW CAMERA. Scheimpflug would be disappointed.
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  25. John says:
    How do you keep the subject totally in focus while blurring the background so much, everytime i try to do it the subject gets blurred also but not as much as the background?
  26. tomnat says:
    I have the same problem as John. I do everything as laid out in the tutorial but my subject does not stay in sharp focus. It blurs a little. Not as much as the rest of the picture, but it is definitely blurred. John, did you ever receive an answer to your problem. Does anyone have a suggestion?
  27. Markus says:
    @John & tomnat: It takes a bit of experimentation – you have to vary how much of the gradient to extend. I’ll try to post a video of the process soon so hopefully it will help.
  28. tomnat says:
    Thanks Markus! I do have a comment regarding my problem. I used a different computer to play with the tilt shift this morning and I did not have the problem of the subject blurring. I did the exact same thing as I was doing last night on my other computer, so I was wondering if there was just a box that needs to be checked or some setting that I am missing while using my other computer. At least I got it working on one of my computers. I would still be interested in seeing your video if you were still inclined to make it. Thanks for your help.
  29. [12] says:
    Very cool! Thanks!
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  32. Tom says:
    @John & tomnat: If your subject is blurring a little you can make a duplicate layer, blur the top one then use the eraser tool to reveal the unblurred subject in the layer underneath.
  33. tato says:
    awesome tutorial !!
  34. […] to a photo which creates the illusion that you’re looking at a miniature model, like the examples here. It seemed, though, that all the tutorials for creating such effects were done using Photoshop – a […]
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  36. Abhilash says:
    I too recently got into this. I use GIMP to play with the colours of the photos and then tiltshiftmaker.com to get the miniature effect.

    It really helps if your images are vivid to the point of looking like toy colours.

    Some of my examples are here: http://hitchedhiker.com/2009/02/13/tilt-shift-photography/

    And Here: http://hitchedhiker.com/2009/02/14/toronto-miniaturize/

    Hope you like em.

  37. Anonymous says:
    Great tutorial, Thanks :)
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  40. chris says:
    i dont get it… i clicked on “quick mask mode” on CS4 then everything is fine with the red color effect, went back to “standard mask mode”, the color desapears, then when i go to radial or lens blur, nothing happens :/ and i did everything you told.
  41. chris says:
    Also, i’ve used gradiants before, but my freaking photoshop won’t allow me to make a “cylindrical” effect or any other effect when i click on them except the ones i select in the “gradiant picker” wtf ? this is so annoying and frustrating. help?
  42. oshngrl says:
    I have accomplished this effect on accident with my 50mm f/1.8 lens.

  43. Dave says:
    This technique has been around for years… Well at least 4 :)
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  45. Patrick says:
    Hey everyone, may seem a dump question, but i cant seem to find the “cylindrical gradient”, all i can find is the linear and all these. Could anyone be kind enough to help me out? It’s for CS3 btw ;) Thanks!
  46. Markus says:
    Hey Patrick, sorry – it’s actually called “reflected gradient” – 4th from the left (I’ll update it in the post too).
  47. Patrick says:
    Thanks a lot! Figured it out now and I have to admit: Great work with that tutorial! Thank you very much, great results!
  48. […] How to Fake Miniature Scenes – a good little guide and some great discussion in the comments. […]
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  51. Rosario says:
    Chris, I’m having the same problem. For some reason it seems as if CS4 doesn’t allow gradients in the quick mask mode, or there is some other step required to turn a gradient into a mask.

    Can anyone help us figure this out?

  52. Emily says:
    I’m with Chris on this one. I did everything you said and am not a Photoshop-moron (completely), but it just looks like a regular photo still. I have CS3 on a Mac, if that makes any difference whatsoever (doubt it).
  53. Ben says:

    I think the original shot has a lot to do with it. Make sure your subject is very sharp and that you have a wide angle of the surroundings. Also, make sure the colours are very vivid. All of this help with the effect, before you apply it.

  54. Ben says:
    Here’s my attempt at one of these, not great work, but I think the context of the photo help the effect.


  55. Matt says:
    Another way to do this is to use a Black->White->Black Gradient and position it according to the focal point. This gives the image a much more natural tilt-shift appearance by gradually degrading into the focal point and grading away as it distances. Select the layer contents, delete them, and then apply a Gaussian blur while the previous contents are selected.

    Doesn’t sound clear, but it’s the way I’ve always fauxed my tilt-shifts.

  56. Ash Davies says:
    I’ve put together a video tutorial for creating tilt shift that some of you may be interested in
    you can find it at http://www.photoguides.net/photoshopping-tilt-shift-video
  57. viv says:
    wow that was fun. probably not the best pic to use but there’ll be more..

    thanks so much guys for this. Another excellent method of passing my insomniatic evenings :) here’s my first attempt:


  58. Matt says:
    Thanks for the tutorial. I have just done this lot in a hour. I found it was best to vary the type of gradient according to the area you want to blur and you can add areas by going back in and out of the quick mask function.
    My photos are here
  59. Joe says:
    Thanks for the tutorial guys. Here is my shot at it combining time lapse:

  60. Marcelo says:
    Very good….thanks for the tutorial
  61. Steve says:
    Cool tut, thanks.
    I think it’s worth mentioning that when you’re dragging the gradient line (Step 5), you should drag from the focal point to where you want the picture to be most out of focus, which isn’t necessarily going to be the top of the image.
    I did a couple of shots through working out a multi-layer process that although it gave me very precise control over the results was also very laborious. I’ll be sticking with this method in the future I think, although sometimes it might be worth going back to my old way.


    The old way:

  62. Carlos says:
    One of my first attempts:


    What do you think?

    Thanks in advance!

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  64. Mark says:
    I followed instructions and did not get a red haze after I made the vertical line upwards. Help!
  65. Scott says:
    This definitely looks like fun. Thanks for the tutorial. Now to break out the wide angle and get some shots!


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  68. Christian says:
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge about fake Tilt-Shift editing in PS.
    Here you can see my first attempt in using this technique:

    View on black

    Have a nice day

  69. Keenan says:
    Hey i don’t see where the reflected gradient tool is? the picture in the tutorial isnt working
  70. Han Cheng says:
    Great tilt shift effect using photoshop!
  71. teh car guy says:
    The Red car is not an Enzo Ferrari. It is a Honda NSX.
  72. Karl says:
    For some reason when I try this the area of focus (red) still gets blurred a bit along with the extreme blur on the edges. How do I get the center to remain in complete focus?


  73. Dan says:
    This guys work introduced me to the whole genre, and his time lapse of Sydney with great music really makes me homesick


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  75. John G. says:
    This is fantastic… I emailed countless photographers after seeing the (shrunken) look and nobody would let on how they did it. Now I know… Thanks so much
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  77. BigM75 says:
    nice pictures very cool
  78. Janet says:
    I keep having the problem with my CS3 that when I exit quick mask mode, my “marching ants” select the entire image (even though my gradient is clear in the quick mask mode)- not just the areas I want to blur.

    PS- I’m working on this for a project htt://projectartaday.blogspot.com

  79. JackGrover says:
    I just tried this with an aerial photo of my house and it turned out great. Bring up the color saturations, tweek the contrast then follow the instructions above. VERY nice!

    To Janet, I too was wondering why my “marching ants” first selected the whole image then they did not go away after I finally got it all working right. First I had to try the instructions above a couple of different times. I even closed everything and restarted Photoshop. That seemed to help. Then, once everything was going well, to get rid of the “ants” try this, click on the “Magic Wand” and then Right-Click on your image and then click “Deselect” on the menu that pops up. That should get rid of the Marching Ants but leave your work intact.

  80. Lorelei says:
    This is really the BEST tilt tut I came across, so well explained, thank you!
  81. JackGrover says:
    Thanks to you and to Drew Wilson! This is really a lot of fun.

    In this one I learned that some things, like telephone poles, should be in focus as long as they start in the focused zone.

    In this one I kept the entire building (far right) in focus and it works out much better.

    With this one I was exploring at what angle do you completely loose the miniature effect. This was close, but enhancing the colors helped keep it border-line.

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  84. ashley says:
    haha i swear all of this is impossible in adobe photoshop elements 8. i can’t find the mask modes or the right gradients or anything!
  85. kristen says:
    thank u very much for so clear and helpful leasson!!
  86. thorjr says:
    Janet, make sure that in your gradient picker (it’s the first box in the tools) that you have selected “foreground to background. I had the same problem and found that I hadn’t made the correct selection in the gradient picker.

    Hope that helps

  87. flaboy says:
    Great tutorial. Really cant afford a lens so this is right in my budget..haha.
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  89. Alex says:
    Thank you Thank you Thank you ! Good and easy!!!
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  91. Craig says:
    For those who get the subject blurred (or partially blurred) as well as the background, make sure the gradient opacity is set to 100% and the reverse box is not checked. foreground/background colours should be black/white.
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  94. Malc says:
    Here’s one of my first attempts. I used an old photo.


  95. What a cool technique – thanks for posting this! Love the examples!
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  99. Max says:
    That’s exactly what I was looking for, i’ve seen a lot of these on flickr recently and I love it! thanks for that great tuto :)
  100. Dee says:
    I seem to do everything right, but when I go to “lens blur” the photo turns completely white and I just can’t see what I’m doing. I’m sure there is something in my Photoshop CS4 that I’ve clicked and I just don’t have the skills to undo. Could anyone give me a clue to what’s happening? Thanks in advance
  101. DaveP says:
    I’ve selected the Reflected Gradient, with Foreground to background, Black to white, but when I draw the line for the gradient in Quick Mask. The red doesn’t appear? I’m on CS3 and for the life of me don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Any ideas?
  102. @Markus What Mauri was saying is basically what JackGrover explained. While he called it “correcting the perspective” I think it’s more accurately called “correcting FOR perspective”.

    Basically, look at the picture of the red car. The car, the street and the bushes are all in focus. But the tree is not in focus. This is where POST tilt shift fails. That tree is part of the same in focus DOF as the car and bushes, yet it’s made to be out of focus by user error.

    While in quick mask mode, you need to leave out any vertical subject that’s within the “in-focus” group.

    Same with that pic of the buildings at night. If the base of the building is in focus, the tops of the buildings should be too.

    It doesn’t matter so much with extremely distant shots like the island buildings.

  103. Peter Haken says:
    Great Tip, will try this myself, thanks for sharing
  104. Jim says:
    I do all the steps above but all I get is a red line… and no red shaded area. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong??
  105. Frederik says:
    Hi. Nice guide.
    Is there a way to modify the mask.
    In this case: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oregon_State_Beavers_Tilt-Shift_Miniature_Greg_Keene.jpg
    The field goal is in the same focuse level, but is blurred out. Is there a way to exclude this part?
  106. Pedro says:
    thanks so much, this tutorial finally got me creating these as I imagined them to be. Check out my attempt from the tallest building in the world
  107. URSULA says:

    Do you know if it is possible to do a fake miniature effect in video mode too? I saw this effect in the movie “The social network” and havent been able to get it out of my mind ever since! I want to know how to do it without buying expensive T-S lens.

  108. Great tutorial. Really cant afford a lens so this is right in my budget..haha.

    Here is my attempt.

  109. For those who get the subject blurred (or partially blurred) as well as the background, make sure the gradient opacity is set to 100% and the reverse box is not checked. foreground/background colours should be black/white.
  110. Tama says:
    Thanks for sharing, I tried with my photos but it’s not as easy as you explained it. :D
    Great job anyhow.
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  112. Kent Schimke says:

    Played with some off road shots my son took in Hollister, CA. I enjoyed the tutorial. I used CS and gaussian blur worked the easiest. Thanks!

  113. Chris R says:
    When I tried this my sbject was also blurred. I may not have used reflective gradient. But what I did to fix this was after doing the gradient, I changed the selection to inverse then did the Gaussian blur. This way my subject was in focus and the edges were blurred. Another thing I tried was doing all the steps listed, then I started over and added the gradient from center to left or right and applied the blur so I get the effect up and down but also left to right. Can see how this would be a cool way to get depth of field shots too. If I get something good looking, I’ll post a link to them.
  114. Randall says:
    See this site for a similar effect:


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    that car in the photo is NOT A FERRARI ENZO it is a HONDA NSX get it right!!
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  124. Erin says:
    Cool… It would be useful to see the original, un-edited photos next to the tilt-shift versions for comparison.
  125. Nice post,,,nice info Photography,,,I like photography
  126. I found that the blur tool and some saturation tweaking worked just as well as these techniques. Awesome article.
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  133. TiltShiftFoto says:
    Excellent tutorial, I’ve been trying to perfect the technique but still working on it. Some samples of my work can be found here http://www.tiltshiftfoto.com/tilt-shifted-lighthouse/
  134. hb says:
    thanks for posting this. as some people have already pointed out, all parts of an image at the same depth should be blurred equally, which is impossible to achieve for any interesting scenes with just a gradient mask alone.

    you can get much better results if u apply the gradient first on the ground. then any objects that protrude vertically out of the ground should take their depth from the ground level. use the eye dropper to sample the mask at the bottom and then a paint brush to fill the object.

    i use a soft brush for the edges when painting the mask for blurry objects. this allows the object to blur past its edges. if you dont do this you will get a weird unrealistic result when a foreground out of focus is occluding an in-focus part of the image.

    • hb says:
      ah no sorry, what i said is true for normal depth of field but not for tilt shift. it’s kind of hard to find clear information about how tilt shift is set up to create the minification effect. so its hard to say how well applying a single gradient blur is approximating it..?

      in any case maybe my post is useful for those who want to force some part of the image to be in or out of focus.

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  140. Bryce says:
    Thanks so much for this quick guide – it was extremely helpful. I didn’t even know I could do it this easily in photoshop!
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  143. Excellent tutorial and also great examples.
    Keep the great work my friend :)
  144. […] The majority of filters or features I’ve seen thus far offer a nostalgic yellowing or maybe tilt shift, if I recall correctly. I like the look, and I like what I’ve done with few photos I have […]
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  146. secondopiano says:
    Great tutorial, Thanks!
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  149. […] following the simple tutorials that can be found on the Internet. I have used the following ones: http://www.visualphotoguide.com/tilt-shift-photoshop-tutorial-how-to-make-fake-miniature-scenes/ […]
  150. João santos says:
    great work guys
    my first attempt didn work so well but i will keep on trying… :)


    what do you guys think?

  151. Rachael says:
    Dude my crappy point-and-shoot camera does this for me. :D
  152. […] a miniature in a cheap way, there are lots of simple Photoshop tutorials, you can start: here and here. If you happen to be a rich bastard then buy some tilt shift lenses as Real Tilt-Shift photography […]
  153. […] Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes Normally for a real landscape photograph to come out looking like a miniature scene the […]
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  156. […] 5. Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes. Create a stunning image with Tift Shift effect following this simple tutorial. […]
  157. […] Tilt Shift con Photoshop Con la técnica Tilt-Shift puedes conseguir que un escenario parezca reducido al tamaño de una miniatura, básicamente difuminando el borde del escenario. […]
  158. I’ve never liked this look, no matter how and in what context I see it. But I did love the overall quality and optics of my Canon 24 TS II, along with the way it allowed me to extend (not limit) depth of field. Of course the shift function was awesome too. I use the past tense because my beloved lens was stolen a couple years ago. Hope to be able to afford to repurchase one day. I do appreciate the tutorial though.
  159. […] 5. Tilt Shift Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make Fake Miniature Scenes. Create a stunning image with Tift Shift effect following this simple tutorial. […]
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  162. […] areas of the photo that shouldn’t be in focus. There’s a blur tool you can use, but a gradient mask is a lot easier, faster, and more natural. You can use either Gaussian or lens blur from your […]
  163. Austin says:
    I have to make the number 200
  164. John says:
    I never knew I could do all this using Photoshop. You have just made me realise that Photoshop is really infinite :)
  165. […] got the idea from this website. I really loved the images they had as examples. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take […]
  166. Badal Shah says:
    Thanks for sharing this tilt-shift effect. I tried this effect as you have explained. Got a nice output. And then I tried in another way and got an impressive effect.
    What I did was, I made a duplicate layer. Then applied lens blur on entire image. Then I used eraser tool and erased the portion on the duplicate layer that I wanted to highlight. Now only my object is highlighted rest all is blur.
  167. Makayla Charleston says:
    WOW, wonderful Photoshop tutorial. Really, it is a great post. I like it very much. Thanks a lot.
  168. […] it's no great mystery how such images are done.  I easily found a very nice webpage that describes in detail how to manipulate your own photographs using Photoshop.  The results of […]
  169. What can not be possible in photoshop man! Its really exciting to see the execution of photoshop tools to make such believable fake miniature scene.
  170. Nutan Gaonkar says:
    I have photshop tools but i have no idea..use of tools ..so excellent..
  171. Markus says:
    Looks good, Carlos, especially for your first attempt. Well done, sir.

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