Who doesn’t love a personalised phone case? Getting to see squares of your little face/ food/ scenery/ your friends faces on the back of your phone not only lets you know that you’re picking the right phone from the table but also gives you that little bit more originality when it comes to phone cases. Problem is they can be expensive, and with the amount of photos that we take on our phones the cases can be costly to keep up to date.
It doesn’t take that long either; just a printer, some photographs,a clear phone case, a photo editing package (don’t worry if you don’t have one- if you’re at Uni you could use the up to date editing packages on your university network- or download gimp here if you fancy doing it at home) and a lil bit of patience are all you need to get really professional looking cases that you can change easily and not worry about waiting 2-4 weeks for an order to arrive in the post.
First up clear cases, I found mine on eBay for about £1 but they’re easily found on Amazon or try the local phone accessory shops in your local town or on a market. The hard style case is better so make sure the case is plastic and not silicone if you’re ordering online.
The only other thing you will need is a case template, these can be found with a quick google, I found the iPhone 4/5 and Galaxy templates here just incase you too have any of these phones.
So with that being said-lets get started!
Open up the template and all your photo’s in your chosen editing program, my weapon of choice is Photoshop CS3 (I know old…). All I did was set the template to be the background and all my photos as a layer each. Once I’d resized them to how I wanted I ensured I’d covered the entire case template with photo’s so I couldn’t see any of the background layer. I then went on to group all my photo layers together, leaving the background separate.
I then, on the background layer only selected all the area that wasn’t inside the template for the case (I used the magic wand selection tool to do this, but do this any way you’d rather). Keeping this selection in tact I erased all of the photo layer that was in the selected area. So I was left with the exact shape of my case, but with my lovely (wink) pictures on it instead. To see any of these images bigger just click on them and the full size will load.
Print this baby out. I decided to use a matte inkjet paper but any paper quality is fine because it is going to be inside the case so wont rip or tear while it’s tightly sandwiched in-between your phone and it’s clear case. Once printed I gave it a couple of minutes to dry out (I printed using “plain paper-best” on my HP printer, I’d recommend not printing in photo paper quality).
Nows the time patience comes in. Cut this out carefully paying extra attention to the camera hole. The template I used had a slightly larger hole than the case- so you might have to tweak things if they aren’t to your liking. Just go slowly and carefully and then you’ll be left with a perfect sized graphic to pop inside that case of yours. If you have one a craft knife and cutting board might make this step a little easier.
And there we have it! You’re all done. Now pop your phone into that case and wear it with pride (for a week until your photo’s become out of date and you want to change up your case)
These would make amazing gifts/ stocking fillers for your friends and family and it lets them know that you did that summin’-summin’ a little more personal for them- so what are you waiting for eh?