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Here's how to make a photo within itself. It's easy to get started. This is what you'll need:
-Camera
-Picture Frame
-Image-Editing Software(Photoshop, GIMP )


This tutorial is mirrored on my blog.

Step 1: Shoot Frame

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Take a shot of your subject holding the picture frame.
 
2Linkman2 years ago
this guy using Photoshop Elements
JamesRPatrick (author)  2Linkman2 years ago
Yup.
Light_Lab3 years ago
This is known as the Droste effect after a Dutch CoCoa brand that had this effect on the label. Actually you can get a free plugin for Gimp called MathMap that has code for doing Droste that allows you to do this effect very easily with great control. (There is a free one for Photo Shop CS4 too). The plugins also allow you to do spiral forms like Escher used.
You can find lots on this if you search for "Gimp Droste" for example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshsommers/378056770/
clibanarius3 years ago
Okay, here's my effort, aided by my kids. This is day 2 of my 30 day instructables personal challenge
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JamesRPatrick (author)  clibanarius3 years ago
That's really good! I like how it looks like a mirror.
Thanks! I'm having it printed, hopefully tomorrow, then I'll put it in that actual frame and hang it there. I'll post a picture of the setup when it's completed.
JamesRPatrick (author)  clibanarius3 years ago
That's awesome. Way to take it to the next level!
OK, I printed and hung the actual picture in place tonight; here are the kids admiring their modeling/acting skills before going to bed. No, really, this is not just another virtual level!

This was quite a fun project!
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JamesRPatrick (author)  clibanarius3 years ago
Haha I'm considering doing this myself.
That's pretty cool Alan!
AT4 years ago
Simple, easy, fun, great results..... Nice instructable!
Fiestoforo4 years ago
This is my try with an old illustration I had. I also used Gimp. Thanks for the tutorial! F.
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cool!!
JamesRPatrick (author)  Fiestoforo4 years ago
Looks like you got the hang of it! Good job cutting around the hands, by the way.
love4pds4 years ago
Is there a way to do this with a portrait, for instance? I can't think of how that would work?
Thanks,
CJ
JamesRPatrick (author)  love4pds4 years ago
There is! Take this example of Stephen Colbert. Now, he had this painted for himself, but you could emulate it by scanning a portrait with a picture frame somewhere on the canvas. Just replace whatever's in the frame.
coltsrock14 years ago
i love these things
JamesRPatrick (author)  coltsrock14 years ago
Thanks! You should make your own!