Photo Booth Picture Effects

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Photo Booth Picture Effects
Photo Booth uses a Mac computer camera to take snapshots and video. (hi tech keyboard 3 image by Mograph from

Apple's Photo Booth comes included in the Macintosh operating system and allows users to take serious, artistic or humorous pictures using the computer's built in iSight camera or an external digital video camera. In addition to taking standard photos, Photo Booth offers a variety of filters, effects and backdrops. Later versions of Photo Booth also have video capabilities and a quick-shot feature that takes four photos in rapid succession.

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Image Filters

Photo Booth's first two sets of effects, image filters and distortion, are part of all Photo Booth versions. The first set of image filters transforms an image's style and colouring in a variety of ways. The effects are normal, sepia, black and white, glow, comic book, colour pencil, thermal camera, x-ray and pop art.

Distortion Effects

The second set of effects distorts an image in different ways, often for humorous purposes. These effects are bulge, dent, twirl, squeeze, mirror, tunnel, fish eye and stretch. On certain effects, the user can alter the scope and placement of the distortion.


Later versions of Photo Booth, beginning with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, include additional effects using green screen technology. The subject steps out of the frame, allowing Photo Booth to detect the background, and upon return, the subject is projected in front of a chosen backdrop or movie clip. Photo Booth image backdrops include clouds, colour dots and earthrise. Its video clip backdrops are the Eiffel Tower, a roller coaster, a sunset and Yosemite. In addition, users may upload their own photos to use as a backdrop. The green screen technology works best when the user stands in front of a simple background of a bright colour, like with a real green screen.

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