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Make Your Own Camera Case
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If you don’t have one of our snazzy Electric Pocket camera cases, chances are your digi-baby spends its life swaddled in black nylon and TKK zippers.

Not the most nurturing or colorful of environments for your little one, is it?

But don’t despair! If you’re feeling crafty, our friends at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own camera pouch from scratch. Well, from scraps. And they take you through it step-by-step, so even those of us who fear the needle can give it a go.

Make Your Own Camera Cozy

p.s. If you’re the sort that’s gonna be up early this morning (we’re gonna try), we recommend skipping the denim and using space-age reflective mylar instead.


   
   
Find Out What Your Kids Will Look Like, It’s Just an Upload Away with MorphThing
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Late night host Conan O’Brien has been combining celeb snaps to produce hypothetical images of their offspring for years.

Finally finally finally, we can do it with our own photos right at home — pictures of you and Dr McDreamy, you and your girl, or you and whoever!

Follow the image suggestions, upload a couple photos, and let your imagination run wild.

Advance warning: It doesn’t work with robots. We tried.

Combine two People with MorphThing


   
   
Take Portraits on Your Hands and Knees — a Photo Project
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They say you can learn a lot about a person by looking at their hands, but what about their feet?

Ellen Ugelstad’s The Shoe Project is a decidedly unusual series of portraits. Focusing first on her subjects’ feet, then comparing them with their face and shoulders, she’s found new perspective on the oft-tired portrait.

It turns out feet are surprisingly expressive. Who knew?

Page through her gallery of children, fashionistas, and grandparent feet for inspiration, then get down low and give this a try next weekend!

Ellen Ugelstad’s The Shoe Project


   
   
11 Super Awesome Photoshop Movie Effects

photoshop photos for movie effectsTall glasses of lemonade, your legs sticking to the seat of your car, the days stretching languorously into the evening. What’s not to love about summer?

Oh, right. The stifling heat.

But that just brings us to another of summer’s joys: The cool comfort of the cinema.

In honor of some of our favorite summer blockbusters (Harry Potter and Transformers), we bring you our 10 11 most-favorite movie-effect tutorials. From Scarface to Sin City to Pirates of the Carribean to 300, we’ve got 11 great ways to go Hollywood on your photos. Read on!

p.s. Help us out, Digg this tutorial!

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Upload your Photo and Try a New Hairstyle or Grow a Mustache, Virtually
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Whether you prefer the presidential $400 cut, the corner barber shop, or something in between, chances are you’ve spent too many braincycles on those tendrils of dead skin cells emerging from your body.

Lest your next ’bout of hairy experimentation go awry, we offer two alternatives that will let you safely test your hairstyles before committing to them.

For the ladies (and men with ladyfriends), there’s Makeover Studio. Upload a photo, define your hairtype, and browse a library of hairstyles and colors to see how your favorite doo would look on you.

For dudes (and bearded ladies) in need of a stylin’ ‘stache, there’s the Mustache Maker. You know the drill: upload your pic, choose a mustache, and trim, groom, and wax your way to cowboy perfection. You can even make it sing when you’re done.

With an average growth rate of 0.44 mm a day, badly cut hair can be a long-lasting mistake.

Makeover Studio [via PJ friend Rachel Clarke]

Mustache Maker [via Photojojo Uncut]

p.s. Maybe you’d prefer a beard?

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Quick Tip: Use a PEZ Dispenser to Get Kids to Smile

pez dispensor smile hackIf we’ve learned anything from Hollywood’s recent penchant for pairing muscle-bound leading lads with toddlers, it’s that taking care of tykes ain’t easy.

But if you think changing diapers is the hard part, just try getting one to smile on demand.

We’ve already shown you how to get adults to smile, so here’s a quick tip for the little humans in your life.

1) Acquire PEZ dispenser. 2) Carefully cut away at the bottom with an exacto until it’ll slide into your camera’s hot shoe. 3) Train camera at unsuspecting child. 4) Capture a rare moment of unexpected joy.

Mix and match dispensers for variety, and take a gander at the how-to pics by Federico Sartorio for the details. [via reader sarah lee]

Tell us your favorite way to get kids to smile!

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4 Step DIY Wine Glass Photo Frames!

photo wine glassesWhat could be better than gazing longingly into a glass of white wine?

How about gazing into that same glass and seeing someone gazing right back at you? :)

That might sound a tad creepy now, but take a closer look at our awesome photo wine glass photo frames and pretty soon you’ll be scowling, growling, and grinning… whatever it takes to make the perfect cup-bottom portrait.

Wine glass photo frames are a cinch to make, but the amusement is endless. Read our tutorial to find out how!

p.s. Help spread the word: Digg this tutorial!

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Coloring Pages from Your Photos in 3 Easy Steps

So we were walking around Toys R Us the other day, something we do pretty frequently, and we discovered Crayola Color Wonder. It’s this new coloring book-like thing with markers that only work on special Crayola paper… paper that doesn’t let you color outside the lines.

That made us a little sad, especially coming from Crayola.

Coloring books are one of the great joys of childhood, and we think every child should have the opportunity to scribble outside the lines, on the lines, or even on the walls (just once.)

Luckily, you can still buy regular old-fashioned coloring books. Heck, you can even make your own! In fact, Photojojo friend Karina Benson has a great tutorial that shows you how to do just that in three simple steps!

Coloring Pages from Your Photos [via Lifehacker & Parenthacks]

p.s. Check more by Karina on Photojojo: Photo Toys and Photo Gifts for Dad.

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Upload a Photo to Create a Simpsons Character with Simpsonize Me

In the world of flashy big-budget blockbuster viral marketing ploys, there are winners and there are losers. (We had high hopes for the Conan O’Brien-style “If they made it” babymaker game for Knocked Up. Alas, it disappointed.)

The new site promoting next week’s silver-screen Simpsons debut? A winner.

Upload a frontal portrait, push some buttons and pull some levers, and facial-recognition software goes to work. Soon enough, your fleshy visage is converted into a flat, yellow, cartoon version of yourself!

Note: The site’s quite busy. We needed to visit several times to get it to work.

Still, it’s the easiest way to find your way to Springfield. Unless you already live there.

The Simpsonizer

p.s. Visit the forums today for a fun secret giveaway. (We’re not gonna give you any hints… Ok, maybe just one… Mooooooooooo…)

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Smooshtacts — iPhone Contact Photo Awesomeness

Stuck in an iphone photoSo you’ve got one o’ dem shiny new iPhones and you’ve been pinching and flicking and browsing and occasionally even making phone calls all week.

What next?

How about some killer custom contact photos? We adore these trapped-inside-the-iPhone style contact pics we found via our pal Brad Smith.

If you’ve got a Jesus phone, grab a friend, gently prod them face-first into the nearest scanner (or glass door) and get going! (And if you have a friend with an iPhone, be sure to forward this along.)

The technique yields amazing smooshed contact photos (“smooshtacts!”) for an iPhone, but it also makes a great background pic for any other mobile phone.

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