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Create Your Own 'Peculiar' Photo with Your Phone

Create Your Own 'Peculiar' Photo with Your Phone


The vintage photographs used in Ransom Riggs’ best-selling book were the launching point for the story, the book and the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Just in time for Halloween, here’s how to craft your own eerie, and quite peculiar, photos of your own kids. Best of all, this project can be done entirely on your smartphone.

You’ll Need:

A smartphone

An old-time outfit for your child

A free photo editor app such as PicMonkey,  Canva, Snapseed,  or Enlight .

An app like Green Screen Studio by PocketBits ($4.99 – iPhone only) or for android, try 
 Background Eraser 


1. Dress your child up and have them pose with a somewhat dour expression. Then take a few full-length, vertical photos of them with your phone.

2. Go to a nearby park or woods and take a photo of a couple of trees, making sure to keep a generous amount of space at the bottom below the tree trunks in your frame.

3. Open up your choice of photo editor apps. Change the images from color to black and white.

4. Open Green Screen or another similar app, listed above, and upload your two black-and-white photos, with the photo of your child as the top image. Use the erase tool and carefully clear the foreground image and the woods will begin to appear. You can change the size of the eraser by clicking the paintbrush tool. If you make a mistake, click the undo arrow and you’ll be taken back a step. When you’re done. Save your image.

5. Open the black-and-white mash-up in PicMonkey (or other photo-editing app). Click on the Effects tool and then select the paint brush, then B&W and create a lighter area below the feet.

6. For the finishing touch, click on the Draw tool, select black and make the opacity about 50%. Then create a small oval shadow under the feet to create the illusion of floating.

7. Save and you’re done! You’ve got your own creepy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children that’s suitable for framing!

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