Online Photo Booth: Get the Photo Strip Look with PicMonkey

Ahhhhh nostalgia, the feeling that causes children of the ’90s to coo over Gak and Troll dolls. Fortunately, some of the things that make us long for days gone by are still objectively cool. Case in point: photo booth strips.

Ever since Anatol Josepho’s curtain-and-camera combo hit the NYC streets in 1925, people have been head over heels for these strips of pics (Andy Warhol included). Modern versions of the photo booth are often found at parties, and the photo strip look is gaining traction as a creative take on save the dates and birth announcements. Here, we’ll show you three ways to quickly capture this look in PicMonkey:

  1. Using a photo strip template

  2. Starting from scratch with a film strip graphic

  3. Employing the help of our wondrous one-click Pro effects

Using a photo strip template

Customize this template

  1. Browse our film strip templates and open one in PicMonkey.

  2. Swap out our photos with your own.

  3. Customize with textures and/or effects to capture a vintage look.

  4. Download as a PNG and print!

Start from scratch with a film strip graphic

1. Add a new graphic to your canvas

See more film strip graphics in PicMonkey

Open a blank canvas in PicMonkey. Select the Graphics tab from the left panel and search "film strip" or "picture frame." Add one to your canvas and resize as desired.

Tip: For an authentic photo booth look, snap your photos in front of a plain wall or sheet. If your background has waayyyy too much going on, try removing it.

2. Add photos to your design

Add photos to your design. Click Crop layer to adjust the size of each image to fit inside the film cells. Use the handles on the photo's bounding box to rotate to fit just right.

Tip: Put your photos "under" the film strip by moving their layers on the Layers panel (if it isn't automatically open, click the stacked squares icon on the right side of the bottom toolbar).

3. Add effects (and other good stuff) to your photo strip

Try out effects in PicMonkey

Check out Effects in the left panel. If it’s nostalgia-inducing effects you seek, try Black and White, Cross Process, Dusk, Daguerreotype, Sepia, Polaroid, and Time Machine. And don’t forget about all the virtual props in Graphics (especially the People Toppers group, where you’ll find mustaches, hats, sunglasses, and other wonderfully goofy graphics).

Unlike the photo booth strips of old, you don’t have to live with crazy stray hairs that crept into your photos. Use touch-up tools to help you fix flyaways, get rid of that pimple, or add a little eye brighten, if you wanna.

4. Download your design as a PNG for print

Download your file as a PNG for the best quality print. If sharing digitally, download as a JPG. If you'd rather just share your cool new design directly to social from PicMonkey, click Share on the top toolbar.

Tip: Depending on what you're planning to do with your design, you might've opted to make your canvas background transparent. If so, you must download your file as a PNG in order to maintain its transparency. Then grab yourself some transparent printing paper for the ultimate authentic look!

Bonus: Get the film strip look with Pro effects

Check out more Pro effects

PicMonkey Pro subscribers have access to the magic and wonders of our one-click Pro effects, like Film Frame. While this effect will only place a single photo strip frame around your image, it's still pretty neat, and does all of the work for you. Plus, you can always use this effect on multiple images, then "stitch" them together yourself using our Collage tool or a blank canvas.

To use Film Frame:

  1. Open your image in PicMonkey. If it's the only layer in your design, click the padlock on the Layers panel to separate the image from its background (delete the background layer for a transparent background).

  2. Click Pro effects in the Image Tools menu on the left.

  3. Choose "Film Frame," along with your desired style.

  4. Click Apply. You're all done!

Turn inspiration into action. Join now, and treat yourself to the PicMonkey creative toolkit.

This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.