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Fitting a photo into a locket.

Updated on August 30, 2017

A PC, A flatbed scanner, A printer and Photoshop.

The requirements for this little project to be carried out successfully are that you have some basic computer knowledge and that you have a scanner and a colour printer that will print 6x4 inch photo's. You have Photoshop elements or any of the Photoshop CS range installed, or any other layer based photo editing software and of which you must have a basic knowledge of how to use!

The best tip to mention before attempting such a fiddly project is to wear spectacles if needed and to be in good light!

Prise out the locket inserts gently with a pin. We need to use the clear acetate inserts for our project.
Prise out the locket inserts gently with a pin. We need to use the clear acetate inserts for our project. | Source
Put aside all the locket parts for safe keeping.
Put aside all the locket parts for safe keeping. | Source
Place clear acetate locket inserts onto scanner bed.
Place clear acetate locket inserts onto scanner bed. | Source
Place 6x4 photo paper over the clear acetate inserts.
Place 6x4 photo paper over the clear acetate inserts. | Source
Import the image to PC
Import the image to PC | Source
Save image to PC
Save image to PC | Source
Crop image to 6x4 and save.
Crop image to 6x4 and save. | Source
Open saved image with Photoshop
Open saved image with Photoshop | Source
Carefully use the background eraser to create an overlay mask.
Carefully use the background eraser to create an overlay mask. | Source
The original image of Sam and Cal.
The original image of Sam and Cal. | Source
The original image of baby Evie's 4D scan.
The original image of baby Evie's 4D scan. | Source
Place the images underneath the overlay
Place the images underneath the overlay | Source
Final positioning of images
Final positioning of images | Source
Print onto 6x4 photo paper.
Print onto 6x4 photo paper. | Source
Ready to cut out
Ready to cut out | Source
All finished, such fiddly work.
All finished, such fiddly work. | Source
The same method was used for my wife's locket
The same method was used for my wife's locket | Source


First of all gently prise out the locket inserts with a pin. Be careful not lose any of the clear acetate inserts as they turn almost invisible when dropped.



We need to use the clear acetate inserts for our project. Make sure all the other parts are safely stored away for the time being.



Place the clear acetate locket inserts onto the scanner bed.






Place 6x4 photo paper over the clear acetate inserts. Most scanners scan from underneath!








Import the scanned image to PC.








Save the scanned image to PC.




Crop and save the image to 6x4. The cropping at 6x4 should be a perfect match to the scanned 6x4 photo paper.



Open the same image in Photoshop or a similar editor that uses layers.




Using the background erasure feature carefully remove the background to reveal the profile of the clear acetate inserts.







This is the original image used of Sam and Cal.








This is the original image used of baby Evie's 4D scan.





Place the images underneath the overlay or background layer.




Using the free transform feature in Photoshop enlarge and position image in frame.




Print the whole image onto 6x4 photo paper.






The minuscule images are now ready to cut out. A steady hand is required.





The completed project. The locket is smaller than a five pence coin and is difficult to see with the naked eye. It looks lovely if viewed with a magnifying glass.



I used a similar method for my wife's locket and she loves it. She has a photo of her with her granddaughter and there is room for Evie when she decides to enter this world.




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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Useful and Interesting!! Good Tutorial that will definitely help someone looking to do this!!!

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