Here’s another fun tutorials from Maggie’s pink Mickey Mouse birthday party! It’s been kind of nice to break up the information a bit so the individual tutorials don’t get lost in one epically long blog post. So up today is how to make giant photo booth strips! This idea is actually one that I came across when I was researching ideas for Maggie’s party.
The team at Beijos Events had some professionally printed for a Disneyland birthday party, and I thought they were so cute. (The most info I could find was that they ordered them somewhere online.) And I thought they’d be a perfect candidate for a DIY project, because you can make them for just a couple of bucks (mine were literally $2.33 at my local printer). It’s a simple Photoshop project, and I’ve got a template for you to get started below!
How to Make Giant Photo Booth Strips
Now don’t get scared when I say Photoshop! It’s super simple and I’ll walk you through it. (Please note that this tutorial is for Mac users! PC users may have a few different key commands within Photoshop.) Start by taking or gathering a bunch of images that you’d like to include in your photo strips. The file has three strips with four images each, so you’ll need twelve photos. Gather the digital files on your computer.
Next, download our Photo Booth Strip Photoshop Template. Open it in Photoshop. You’ll see that each rectangle for an individual image is its own layer in the file. Use the cursor (push V on your keyboard to navigate to cursor mode) to point at the top left rectangle, which is yellow. With this layer selected, drag and drop your first image over the top of the rectangle.
Then, look over to the right in your layer list. Be sure that the layer of the image is directly above the layer titled Strip 1-1. Hover your mouse over the layer of your image and hold down the Alt key on your keyboard. The cursor should change to look like a square with an arrow pointing downwards. Click your mouse, keeping it in the same place. Your photo should now insert itself into the yellow square, creating a mask.
Next, hit Command+T to transform your image. To resize and preserve the original scale, hold down Shift on your keyboard while you click one corner of the photo with your mouse and move the mouse to make it larger or smaller. Make it larger or smaller and rotate it as you desire to fit within the rectangle mask. Once you like the size, hit return.
Now just repeat that for the other rectangles! Hit V on your keyboard, select the next rectangle (Strip 1-2), and drag and drop your next photo. Continue in the same manner until all of your images are filled.
Once all of your images have been inserted and your photo strips are complete, save your file as a .jpg or .pdf and take it on a flash drive to a print shop. (We printed using the self-serve oversize machine at a FedEx print center. You’ll want to print this on oversize paper (sometimes called architect prints). The final size should be two feet by three feet. Once printed, use scissors to cut out the individual photo strips and hang them on your wall! We just used little removable Glue Dots to hang ours up.
I just love love love these! I’m actually having a hard time getting rid of them, maybe I’ll store them for a few years and bring them back out at Maggie’s graduation party. 😉 What do you think? Are you brave enough to try this little Photoshop project? xoxo