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Getting the Hipstamatic Look

By Mike Rodriguez  ·  June 28th, 2010

Hipstamatic is one of the hottest iPhone apps out there, and it gives a very cool cross-processed, funky, ’70s look to your photos. Mike Rodriguez shows you how you can approximate the effect inside Elements quite easily.

You can find out more information about Hipstamatic on the Synthetic Camera site. The original Hipstamatic was a plastic camera built in the 1980s by two brothers from Wisconsin who sadly never got to see their dreams realized; their brother Richard has a lovely tribute site that talks about the history on

The frame Mike used is available for download as well. (File: frame.psd (1.1MB))

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11 Replies to Getting the Hipstamatic Look:

  1. Carol

    June 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Can you tell me why I can’t see the whole screen anymore? I never can see what is going on in the layers pallette. I really don’t like these new videos because of that.

    • Johnny

      June 28, 2010 at 10:46 am


      You can see them full-screen. Just click on “Try opening it in a new window” link. This will show you in full screen. Or, download the movie and watch it once downloaded.

    • Mike

      June 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

      Hi Carol-

      I recorded the video to include all the palettes (in fact, you should just about the entire application). It sounds like it’s a resolution issue with your monitor, and Johnny’s suggestion should work. Here’s a link showing a screenshot of what the video should look like:

      Hope that helps,

    • Janine

      July 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      If you are talking about not being able to see the whole video screen, try pressing the f11 button.

  2. Rick LePage

    June 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Viewing the video in a new window should make sure you get all of the screen. Some of the extra browser “stuff” can get in the way if the screen or window is too small to fit the video.


  3. Rosi

    July 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Well this is the first video that I’ve been able to view on this website. Previously, clicking the video image was a guarantee that my computer would crash.
    I’m pretty excited…maybe I just needed to view in a new window!!
    I love this technique and am anxious to try it.

  4. Sandra

    July 8, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Great technique! This is probably asking a bit much but it sure would be nice to get some written instructions with some of these techniques.

  5. Marianna

    January 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    When this video gets to “some vignetting on the side. . ” it starts all over again. This is not the only video I have this problem with. Can you help?

  6. Tony

    March 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Love this tutorial, easy and exciting at the same time!

  7. Shirley

    August 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Love the corresponding cheat sheet to the video. Thanks. :)


    August 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Love this tutorial but can’t figure out how to download the frame. . .

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