Monday, February 20, 2012

Got Photo booth?

One of my favorite things is a photo booth. I know that I'm not alone in this. I've been seeing them all over from weddings to parties in the last few years. Have you ever seen Smilebooth? Since I cannot just go out and purchase an in-home photo booth, I was very excited when I came across this tutorial on Pinterest to use with Instagram images. It's super easy and addicting! I've made a dozen or more of these in the past month and used them as favors in thank you notes for the baby's birthday. 

Photo paper
Exacto knife
Cutting mat

Select the four images that you'd like to use and open them in Photo Shop. Create a new template that measures 1 1/2 inches by 6 inches and a resolution of 800. Since the Instagram images are already squares you don't have to alter their size, however if there are borders that don't match up or you just want a white frame then you can use the cropping tool to remove the border. If you are using another type of image, then you need to resize them to measure 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Insert the images into the template leaving a small space between each one. You can create guides to help you place the images exactly where you want them.

Next, I created a new template that measured 4x6 to match the size of the photo paper that I have. This way you can print more than one image per sheet. Then drag the photo strip onto the larger file. Either save each strip as a file of it's own or reuse the main file as a template. 

Then I made a second strip and repeated the process and printed the image. If your printer isn't the best, you can always save the image as a jpeg and upload it to a processing site and have it printed elsewhere. Once you have the images ready, it's time to cut them into strips.

*Hopefully this all makes sense, but if it doesn't just ask! Have fun with this!

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