Azkaban Prison Mugshots




Introduction: Azkaban Prison Mugshots

Here you will learn how to make some awesome looking Azkaban mugshots. If you like this instructable, remember to give me your vote!

At a Harry Potter party last year, I took photos of my guests and turned them into some nice Azkaban mugshots. I've included the number plates and the template needed to make these mugshots as a download with this instructable. You will need a copy of photoshop - you can download Photoshop CS2 free and legally here with no restrictions. All you need to do is create an adobe account (also free). Follow the link, click on "English" and scroll to the bottom for the file titled "PhSp_CS2_english." Download and install it and you should be good to go. Don't worry, you don't need to have any experience with Photoshop. I will show you step by step what you need to do. Feel free to ask me any questions you have in the comments.

Things You Will Need

  1. A smart phone or digital camera
  2. Photoshop
  3. A printer and card stock paper.
  4. Scissors or an X-Acto knife and cutting mat.
  5. My downloadable templates (available below - or above on mobile).

Once you have all these supplies together, continue to step one.

You'll also need to download my free templates available below. I am not referring to the instructables PDF (which requires a paid subscription). You want to download the .zip file.

Step 1: Make the Azkaban Number Plates & Take the Photos

Print the azkaban-number-plates.jpg file.

The file is included with the download. Print it out on card stock paper and cut out the two number plates.

Take your friend's photos.

Have your friends hold one of the number plates in front of a wall or door that is a solid color that contrasts with their clothes (this makes it easier to remove the background later) and take their photos.

Step 2: Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop

Things to keep in mind about Photoshop:

  1. There is a panel to the right that displays the file's layers. Think of these as a stack of transparent sheets of paper. You can draw on the top layer and it will be overlaid on the bottom layers. You can click and drag each layer to change the order, but for this you won't have to worry too much about that.
  2. There is a panel to the left that displays all of the tools Photoshop has to offer. We will only be working with two of these tools, so don't feel overwhelmed.

If you are ever confused or lost during this part of the instructable, reference the screenshots.

Open azkaban_mugshot.psd and your photo in Photoshop.

Open the azkaban_mugshot file in Photoshop and have a look at the layers panel on the right. You should see three layers. The bottom layer titled "background," the next layer up should be "Fog," and the top layer should be a folder (group) of layers called "filters." Now open one of the photos you took in the previous step.

When you have a photo you have taken and the mugshot template file I've provided open side by side, select the move tool (top-left icon in the tools panel on the left - see screenshots). Make sure photo you took is selected and click and hold anywhere on the photo. Now drag and drop it over to the mugshot template I provided. That should have added your photo as a layer to the mugshot template. If the layer you just added is not between the "background" and "fog" layers, click and drag it into that position in the layers panel.

With the move tool still selected and your new photo layer selected, click and drag anywhere on the photo to center it.

TIP: if your photo isn't the right size, you can re-size it by pressing Ctrl+T (PC) or Cmd+T (MAC). That should make a border appear around your photo with little boxes in the corners. Hover over one of the corner boxes, hold Shift+Alt, click and drag to resize.

Remove the background from your photo.

Now you will want to select the Polygonal Lasso Tool. To do this, hover and click on the second icon from the top left in the tools panel (the one that looks like a little lasso). if you over over it, a sub menu should appear where you can select "Polygonal Lasso Tool." See the screenshots for reference.

Now you will want to zoom in to 100% or more. To do this, press Ctr (or Cmd on Mac) and the + button until you're zoomed in quite a bit. See screenshot.

Now that you're zoomed in and have the Polygonal Lasso Tool selected, it's time to remove the background from your photo.

TIP: You can use the scroll bars to scroll around on your photo OR you can hold the space bar. This should turn your cursor into a hand. Continue to hold the space bar while you click and drag around your zoomed in image to scroll around.

Starting from the bottom left of your photo (because that's where I started), with the Polygonal Lasso Tool selected, click where the edge of your friend's body starts. Now if you move your cursor up there should be a line connecting where you just clicked and where your cursor is. Move your cursor to another point along your friend's outline and click again, tracing your friend's body (see screenshot). Continue to do this until your friend is completely traced, clicking to make as many points as necessary. The more click points, the better. Keep in mind, once you've traced your friend completely, you will need to click again where you started in order to "close" your selection.

Got it? Good. You're almost done.

Now you can zoom out by pressing Ctr (Cmd on Mac) and the - key. Do this until you have a full view of your photo again.

In the top menu bar, choose "Select -> Inverse." This will inverse the selection you just made. Now either hold Ctr (Cmd on Mac) and press X, or choose "Edit -> Cut." This should completely cut the background out from around your friend, leaving the "Background" layer behind them.

Save your photo.

Now all you have to do is save it. Choose "File -> Save As" and in the "Save as type" drop down, select JPEG (*.JPG, *.JPEG, *.JPE). Browse to wherever you want to save your photo, give it whatever name you want to, and click "Save."

Step 3: You're Done!

You're all done!

Now you can upload your photo to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also upload it here in the comments and let me have a look!

Be sure to link back here if you share it anywhere and vote for this instructable!

If you had any trouble, don't hesitate to leave a comment or send me a message. I'm happy to help in any way I can.

Thanks, and enjoy!



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    If you're going use them in a group, you should probably give everyone a different prisoner number.
    I was thinking if you used them to make custom coffee cups, the would be "mug" shots!