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Create a snapshot effect in less than 5 minutes!

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
September 9, 2014

If you have fond memories of good, old-fashioned snapshots, create them in Photoshop!

Despite how far technology has advanced since the days of disposable cameras, it’s still really easy to turn your pictures into snapshots with this tutorial! And the best thing is, it’s an effect achievable in three simple steps…

1. Scale the image

Double-click the Background Layer and go to Edit>Transform>Scale. Hold down the Shift key and resize via one of the corner handles. Hit enter and duplicate this layer.

2. Fill and scale the border layer

Ctrl/Cmd-click the lower layer and go to Edit>Fill, choosing White. Return to Edit>Transform>Scale and Shift-drag a corner handle to size the border. Position the border by dragging within the Bounding Box. Hit Enter to commit the transformation.

3. Add a shadow and a base

Go to Layer>Layer Style, choosing Drop Shadow. Adjust the Distance and Size of the shadow and hit OK. Pasting a texture shot on the layer below can really finish off the effect convincingly.