How to make your own photobooth pictures

Updated May 01, 2018

Strips of photos from a photo booth have a distinctive look that is reminiscent of an earlier era. If you want to create a strip of pictures that looks like it came from a photo booth, use Adobe Photoshop or other photo editing software to re-create the look. You just need four regular photographs taken on a digital camera. For authenticity, take photos of the same subject in front of a plain background such as a curtain.

Open your four digital photographs in Adobe Photoshop or a similar photo editing software program. If you wish to change the colour of your photos to black and white or edit them in any other way, do so now.

Resize your photos so that they are each 1.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. To do this in Photoshop, click on "Image," then "Image Size." In the box that opens, change the width and height under "Document Size" then click "OK." You may have to crop the photos to make them fit these dimensions.

Add white borders around all your photos. To do this in Photoshop, click on "Image," then "Canvas Size." Under "New Size" check the box next to "Relative" then enter 0.125 inches for the width and height. Select white under "Canvas extension colour." This should add a 1/8-inch white border around your photo.

Open a new blank document that is 1.75 inches wide and 9 inches tall.

Use the "Move" tool (the tool that looks like a black arrow with a compass arrow to the bottom right of it) to drag each photo, one by one, into the new blank document. Move them around in the new document so that they are evenly spaced vertically. There should be narrow white bands dividing the four photos.

Print out this strip of four photos onto photo paper and cut out the strip using a paper trimmer or scissors.


If you want to use one of your photos for a passport or other official use, take a photo against a light-coloured background. Check the dimension and resolution requirements for the photo and make sure your photos match those requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop (or similar software)
  • 4 digital photographs
  • Photo printer
  • Photo paper
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
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A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.