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 take a look at how to use PicMonkey’s online photo editor and collage tools like an online photo booth (no booth required).
How to make a photo strip with PicMonkey:
- Open your photos in Collage.
- Choose the Ducks in a Row layout and rotate it vertically. Hover over an edge and skinny it up a bit.
- Flex your creativity muscles with photo effects and graphics.
Want a little more info? You got it, pardner. Here’s a step-by-step look at the photo booth strip creation process.
Open your photos in Collage
Hover over Collage and choose where your photos are located. You can open your pics from your computer, Hub, Flickr, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Facebook. They’ll open in Collage, and autofill in the default layout.
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.
Choose your photo strip layout
You’ll find a whole mess of fantastic layouts in Collage, waiting for you in the Layouts tab. Ducks in a Row offers four layouts with cells all—you guessed it—in a row. Pick one with enough cells for all your pics, then use the Rotate clockwise arrow in the bottom toolbar to make your collage vertical. If you need another cell, drag your pic over a collage border until you see a thin blue bar appear, then plunk it right down. To see layout options and cell additions in action, check out our intro to Collage video tutorial.
Since photo strips are usually kinda slim, skinny it up by clicking any edge of your collage. When your cursor turns into a double-sided arrow, you’re ready to drag the edge over. If you want your photo strip to be a specific dimension, click the padlock in the bottom toolbar and enter your dimensions (in pixels). We’ve rounded up some inch-to-pixel info and put it into a handy chart in case you need some help. For a classic look, choose a four-cell collage layout and set the dimensions to 600 x 1800.
Drag your pics over to your collage to place or rearrange them, and call it done. OR fire up that creativity engine in your skull and get ready to play with effects, graphics, and touch up tools.
Tip: If you’re lovin’ your photo strip and might want to make a few more, save your creation to Hub and swap in new pics whenever you feel like it.
Add effects (and other good stuff) to your photo strip
There are two paths to photo effects in PicMonkey’s photo collage maker:
- Edit individual photos in Collage. Did you know you can access a list of our most popular photo effects right in Collage? Hover over the photo you want to edit and click the pencil icon that appears. The Edit Image palette will pop up. Click the Effects button, and ta-da! Photo effects at your fingertips. You’ll also find an Open image in Editor button, which you can click to send individual pics into the Editor, fancify, then bring them right back to Collage.
- Add effects in the Editor. When you’re done collaging, click the Send to Editor button in the top toolbar to send your masterpiece to the Editor in its entirety, instead of editing individual images. Just make sure you’re happy with your collage before you ship it to the Editor, ’cause you can’t go back.
If it’s nostalgia-inducing effects you seek, check out Black and White, Cross Process, Dusk, Daguerreotype, Sepia, Polaroid, and Time Machine. And don’t forget about all the virtual props in the Graphics tab (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. The Touch Up tab has an arsenal of tools to help you fix flyaways, get rid of that pimple, or add a little eye brighten, if you wanna.
Print your photo strip
When you’re finished with your photo strip, print it on photo paper for more of an authentic feel. You can also make sure it’s safely stored away by saving it to your favorite cyber place (like your computer or Hub).
If you wanna print multiple photo strips, hover over Design on the homepage and set up a blank canvas with the same dimensions as your paper. You can also click Blank and choose one of our preset canvases. (For an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, use a canvas with the dimensions 2550 x 3300). Add your photo strips as graphics using the Add your own button at the top of the Graphics tab. Once you’ve placed them all on your blank canvas, you’re ready to print your sheet of photo strips.
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