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Film Strip


Terry Fox Film Strip:

‘Reflection’ Filmstrip:

Samuel L. Jackson:

Technology Filmstrip:

Steps To Success:

  • Make a new layer in Photoshop by going to File>New and change the dimensions to width: 800 pixels and height: 600 pixels, then hit OK.
  • Now invert the color of the canvas to black by pressing ‘Ctrl + I’ on the keyboard and duplicate the layer by pressing ‘Ctrl + J’ on the keyboard. In addition, with that duplicated layer selected press the invert command again (‘Ctrl + I’) to change the layer to white.
  • Next, make sure that “white” layer is still selected  and press ‘Ctrl + T’ on the keyboard to enable the free transform feature. Then using the mouse and HOLDING the ‘Alt’ key on the keyboard grab the top-middle handle and bring it down to about 75% of its original height. Also, be sure to do the same with the middle handles of the layer, except you are moving them towards the center until they are about 90% of its original width.
  • After that, with that “white” layer still selected press ‘Ctrl + E’ to merge it with the Background layer.
  • Once that is done go to the ‘Select’ tab>All, then go to the ‘Edit’ tab>Copy.
  • Now open up a new file by going to File>New and you may adjust the size however you want.
  • Now go to the ‘Edit’ tab>Paste, then adjust the size to an optimal size to fit more “strips” by pressing ‘Ctrl + T’ on the keyboard thus enabling the free transform feature (do this to any other film strips and connect them nicely side by side)
  • When the are nicely and evenly lined up, click the top “strip” layer in the layers list on the right, then hold the Shift key and click the last “strip” layer in the list. After that go to the ‘Layer’ tab>Merge layers to make the separate strips into one big filmstrip.
  • Now grab the eraser tool on the right and on the top where it reads “Brush:” click on the little arrow beside the black dot and number (Brush shape and size image). Doing so should open up a list of different types of brushes:
  • From there, click on the arrow pointing to the right underneath “Opacity:” to bring up a list of new brushes and you want to click on Sqaure brushes and click OK.
  • Select the biggest square brush (number 24) and after that press the ‘]’ bracket key on the keyboard to increase the size to about 35.
  • Now click on the “cup with paint brushes” emblem near the brush size option to open up the brush spacing window.
  • Then on where it reads “Spacing” change the percent to 300%.
  • After that, go to your filmstrip and left-click on the top-left corner of the strip while HOLDING the ‘Shift’ key on the keyboard, then using the mouse, move the cursor all the way to the top-right corner of the filmstrip while STILL HOLDING the ‘Shift’ key. Let go of the mouse button once that is done and do the same for the bottom portion as well and you should end up with something like this:
  • Now grab the ‘Magic Wand Tool’ and while holding the ‘Shift’ key on the keyboard left-click the white squares the pictures are going to go into. Then once they are selected just hit the ‘Delete’ key on the keyboard.
  • It is now time to put pictures into your film rebate holes. Simply copy and paste those pictures into the film strip and adjust their size using the ‘Ctrl + T’ command to fit the film rebate holes. NOTE: Expand the picture a little bit bigger than your rebate hole (you’ll see why later).
  • After that, in the layers list, drag all those pictures’ layers below the film strip layer and merge them with the filmstrip by clicking the filmstrip layer, holding the ‘Shift’ key, clicking the last “picture” layer in the list then going to the ‘Layer’ tab>Merge layers.
  • Next, go to the ‘Edit’ tab>Transform>Warp and under the warp options choose Flag:
  • Then go to the ‘Edit tab once again>Transform>Perspective and grab the top-right handle by holding and clicking the left mouse button on it and dragging it down just a bit to make it seem as though it is coming out from a certain point. As for the other side, grab the top-left corner and drag it upwards.
  • Finally, it is now time to add a shadow using the eraser tool with 300 pixel size and while HOLDING the ‘Shift” key click and hold the left-mouse button and drag it past your picture.
  • Now just change  the perspective just like the film strip (go to ‘Edit’>Transform>Perspective and grab the top-right handle and drag it down just a –grab the top-left corner and drag it upwards) and align it accordingly and you should have something like this:


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