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« on: August 28, 2014 06:09:49 PM »

It's totally not 'shopped, you can tell because of the pixels and lack of any subtlety at all!  This is old school cut-and-paste photoshopping!



I was scrambling for a project to fill the "photo" prompt for the Summer Nerd Games, because my original idea took too long and my Plan B was a hilarious failure.  And then, inspiration struck while cleaning out a shelf at work!  I found a slide viewer (I didn't think we had slides, but I eventually unearthed a dozen random ones) and while telling a co-worker about the fun way you can "fake" a transparent slide image with simple packing tape (I honestly can't remember where I heard about that, somewhere on the internet!), a light bulb went on!  My Little Visitors could bring home slides of themselves in exotic locations!

Sure, I could have photoshopped them into the picture first, but where's the fun in that?  After a bit of trial and error, this is what worked for me.

Step one - cut out your foreground image, closely around the subject.  Please note that as I recall, this only works with magazine photos or laser printer photos, no ink jets.



Step two - position the foreground image on the packing tape.



Step three - place your background image on the tape.



Step four - burnish, burnish, burnish!  Really rub, and make sure you get the tape tight around the cut-out foreground image.



Step five - flip tape over and wet the paper.



Step six - Rub!  Gently, adding more water as needed.  Careful when it peels off around the cut-out.



Step seven - rinse and dry!  You can't dry it with a cloth or towel, because it will still be slightly tacky.  Either air dry or, if you're impatient, a hairdryer.



Step eight - I added another piece of tape to the back side (because it was still slightly sticky) and popped them into cutout cardboard "slide holders" (you could also use the real thing).  And voila!  Vacation slides!

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014 06:36:29 PM »

These are fabulously fun! Grin

I have tons of those slide thingies from botched up pictures of real places...would be nice to slip in a few "fakes"...ha ha

Thanks for the tutorial...I think having your little visitor photo bomb the pics is just so funny!
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014 07:04:45 PM »

That's so cool!   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014 07:22:54 PM »

That's pretty awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014 06:06:22 AM »

I love this. I'd never heard of this technique before so thank you for showing us how.  It opens up a lot of fun possibilities.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2014 06:41:00 AM »

Thanks everyone! It was a great deal of fun, I will almost certainly make more! This might become (like the photocopying behinds) a staple of my Little Visitor swaps!

Always, I think you need to sneak them in!  And be very nonchalant... "Oh, yes, here we are at (insert famous landmark), oh, and there we were fighting off (mythical beast), ooooh, that diner had the most amazing (insert dish)..."  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2014 08:13:24 AM »

I love these!! What a fun idea.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2014 04:16:35 PM »

Cool technique! I've never heard of this one before!
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2014 03:26:50 PM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014 07:50:47 PM »

this is so amazing. I can't actually see myself doing it, but maybe that makes it even more crazy awesome.
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