Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tutorial: Instagram photostrips

Now, tell me, who doesn't like Instagram?

This awesome smartphone app will make your pictures look a little older, more beautiful or just a dash more fabulous. I saw a tutorial on Pinterest where a girl made photostrips out of her most-treasured Instagram pictures because - after all - you put a lot of really beautiful pictures on there and you never get to see them anywhere else. You probably don't have a folder on your computer that says "Instagram", do you? Anyway, I don't!
 They are only "view-able" on an online platform. And thàt's a pity.

So why not make your instagram snapshots a little more tangible with a cute, polaroid-like touch? 

Here's how you make your own photostrips:

If you don't have Photoshop, it will be a little more difficult to make but you have a free knock-off version of Photoshop called Gimp which will probably do more or less the same for you.

1. Pick your favorite instagram photos and save them to your computer. If you don't have them in your phone's Instagram-folder anymore, just go to the app and click on the three dots below every picture and push "e-mail"
==> If you do this that way, you will only have a very small image in your e-mail, but it's the perfect size for photostrips. Keep in mind, if you want to use your instagram pictures for any other purpose; take a screenshot from the website.
2.  Open Adobe Photoshop and make a template like this:
==> Click File --> New --> width: 4,5 cm (make sure you click cm) height: 18 cm

3. Then click File again ==> Open ==> select the folder with your instagrampictures.
Pick one at a time, it will open in a new frame. Then just select your picture - which is shown in the second photo below- and press cmd+C (or alt+c) and cmd+V (or alt+v) (this is just copy-pasting) in the frame with your white template. 

4. Click Edit ==> Transform ==> Scale and just scale your pictures into a nice position in a column. 
Make sure they are all about an equal size and the margin in between is about equally high.  Now just place four pictures in the white template. I chose to 'theme' my photostrips and they look really nice. If you are ready with one, just save as a .jpg photo, delete the layers in your right toolbar and do it again with your next pictures. This will make sure the size of your strips is about the same.

5. Place vertically in a word document (just how you would print anything else) and try to take three on one page. Then just print and cut. My darling cousin did the cutting part for me because she was visiting and she is WAY better at such things so thank you, Saartje <3
She did it with a small, sharp knife like this one:

This is how my photostrips came out:
Love it or love it ?

All of my photostrips on my board








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