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Got a photo you just adore and want a unique way to show it off?
Behold! Photo Pop-Outs!
Gather up a bit of foam core, a bit of tape, a knife, and 20 minutes and we’ll show you how to give your photos an eye-popping 3D effect — no special glasses required!
But wait, there’s more! We’ll even show you how to make a nifty tabletop stand when you’re done.
Pop on over to our tutorial to find out how…
A note on selecting your photo: Good choices for photo pop-outs are photos where you’ve got a clear subject (person(s) or thing(s)) that you’d like to separate from the background. Photos where the pop-out is anchored to the bottom of the frame look best.
Step 1: Back Your Photos with Foam Core
Cut your foam core to the same size as your photos, erring on the side of making it too large. Follow the instructions on your photo mount spray to attach your photos to your foam core pieces. (Double-sided tape works, too. You’ll want to apply it generously.)
Once the foam core is attached to your photos and the adhesive has dried, use your ruler and X-Acto knife to trim away any excess foam core.
If all went well, you now have two photo/foam core slabs. Set one aside to use as your photo base later and work with the other slab to create your pop-out.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Pop-Out
Step 3: Clean Up Your Pop-Out
Step 4: Make A Simple Photo Stand
Cut out a piece of foam core that’s 2 inches longer than your photo, and about 2/3s the width. This piece will become our photo stand.
Using a ruler or your photo as a guide, cut a rectangular strip out of the photo stand. This strip should be as long as your photo, and as wide as your foam core is thick. For best results, angle your cut toward the front of your photo stand so when you stick your photo into the stand, it’ll lean back a bit.
Clean up any loose foam core and stick your base photo in your stand.
Step 5: Put it All Together!
Because your pop-out will sit on top of the photo stand, it’ll be lined up slightly above the corresponding subject in the base photo. This helps hide the base photo subject and enhances the pop-out effect.
What to Do Next
A few ideas for taking your photo pop-outs to the next level:
Photo Credit: Youngna Park
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