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Laser Background Portraits Meme


Laser Background Portraits are photographs in which the subject is posed in front of a background featuring criss crossed glowing lines. The background is often mocked online for its cheesy aesthetic, which was commonly used in American school yearbook photos during the 1980s.


During the 1980s, many public schools in the United States partnered with the photography company Lifetouch to shoot yearbook portrait photographs. A popular background uses in photo shoots during this time featured a criss cross grid featuring glowing neon lines, often referred to as a "laser background." On December 17th, 2007, the single topic blog Sexy People highlighted a photograph of a teenager with long hair leaning against a step ladder in front of a laser backdrop (shown below).

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On September 30th, 2008, blogger Lindsey Weber launched the "We Have Lasers!" Tumblr blog, which highlights portrait photographs with laser backgrounds. On June 25th, 2009, Weber published an article about her blog on the Internet culture site Urlesque.

RSS | Archive | Random 30 SEPIEMBER08 4OMMENTS!1 NOTE DVERTISEMENT ABOUT You begged your mom to pay the extra $4. A tribute to the greatest school photo backdrop there ever was. Pro Photography Degrees academyart.edu A Cutting-Edge Photography School! Academy of Art U. Get School Info. +SEND ME your childhood lazerd +EXTREME moderniz'd laser background created by the talented y and thanks to steeez mag for hosting - THE HI-RES LASER BACKGROUND JPG ere is is my very own tumblr & If you care, here's my laser portrait! WHL on Twitter! follow us on Twitter! A bit of legal jargon: When you submit your picture to We Have Lasers you agree that when you send a Submission via email or upload to this Website, you grant laserportraits.net and its ownersa non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty free license to use the work. We may use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, distribute, publish, display or otherwise use it as we see fit, in our sole discretion. By making a Submission, you waive the right to make any claim against laserportraits.net, its owners or any of its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, agents, directors or officers That pink laser really brings out this young man's eyes (Thanks to Mike Barish - whose mom must have really loved him.) Tags: traditional lasers text

On July 13th, We Have Lasers was featured on the Internet news blog BoingBoing. On March 3rd, 2010, the single topic blog Awkward Family Photos highlighted a portrait of a man holding a cat in front of a laser background (shown below, left). On August 26th, BuzzFeed posted a compilation of several notable examples of laser background portraits. On October 26th, 2012, user kazmataz on the crafting site Instructables published a guide for making a laser background school portrait costume (shown below, right).

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On November 21st, a Lifetouch school photographer participated in an "ask me anything" post in the /r/IAmA subreddit, claiming that the "eighties style" laser art background was not available in her camera system. On April 16th, 2014, BuzzFeed highlighted a photograph of former 98 Degrees band member Nick Lachey wielding a toy gun in front of a laser background (shown below).

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Draven Rodriguez' Yearbook Photo

On September 7th, 2014, New York-based high school student Draven Rodriguez posted an Instagram of his senior yearbook portrait in which he is posing with his cat in front of a laser background and a digitally composited image of his face overlaid in the background (shown below, left). The following day, Rodriguez uploaded a second version of the photo in which a close-up of his cat's face is shown in the upper right-hand corner (shown below, right).

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On September 10th, Rodriguez posted an online petition titled "Get my Photo into the Yearbook" in order to support his submission of one of the Instagram photos for his senior portrait yearbook photo. In the first 24 hours, the petition gained over 5,100 signatures. In the coming days, the stunt was reported on by several news sites, including Jezebel, The Daily Gazette, UpRoxx, The Daily Dot, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post and E! Online.

ipetitions SIGN IN or JOIN YOUR VOICE COUNTS Get my Photo into the Yearbook Sign this petition Sign with Facebook Sign with Twitter Hi all. This is my photo that should be going into NAME the yearbook, but we know how finicky the school systems can be. I'm hoping that with enough signatures, my school simply can't turn this down EMAIL Edit: To clarify, the school HAS NOT YET DECLINED this photo. This is my pre-emptive strike just in case such a thing were to happen. I wanted as many backers as possible before the deadline of September 15th COMMENTS Photo creds to Vincent Giordano, who took and edited this photo Show my name in the online signature list Edit 2: I can't believe how huge this is. I'm on Jezebel, the Gazette and CBS 6. Thank you all for your support! We'll hit 500 soon. Also, editing this on mobile killed the picture on here, but I'll get it back up ASAP tomorrow Keep me informed on this and similar petitions SIGN NOW DISCUSSION Rosemary Pannone 25 years ago Schenectady School Dist. td my son he could only bring one girl to Prom,despite the wishes of 4 girls . He bought 5 tickets and 4 bouquets.And I dared the district to stop him. They all had a wonderful time and got a standing ovation at walk thru. Be Creative! thats what changes the world 5,150 SIGNA TURES Michael Zupcak We all agree, your son's a pimp GOAL: 500 Toblessington Tobestressington Rosemary, is your son currently single? Spread the word JOIN THE DISCUSSION ︾ widget 3 f 62 62 Chase Davenport text web page font line

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Introduction: Totally '80s Photo Collage Portrait

I painted a wild multi-color frame (with the hydro dipping method) and needed a photograph for it that exuded class and style. There's nothing classier than an '80s style portrait. I had to make one.


• Camera (with remote and tripod is helpful if you don't have a willing friend handy)

• Photo editing software, Photoshop or free alternative paint.net

• Printer

• Hobby knife and straight edge to cut the matte

• Pliers for the staples in the back of the frame


• Picture frame

• Printer paper

• Foam core, matte board, or pre-cut frame matte (check your frame's size)

• Appropriate clothing and large frame eye glasses for photo shoot

• Favorite pet for photo shoot

Check out the step by step to create the ultimate portrait. The result is pure awesomeness!

Step 1: Background & Photo Shoot

Image Background

The first step is a laser background. It screams '80s, and if I couldn't find the perfect '80s backdrop, this project was going to be totally bogus. If you google laser background, you'll be inundated with numerous baby blue and pink crossed laser images. They're perfect.

Photo Shoot

With this solid foundation, it's time to prep for your photo shoot with accessories. You need oversized glasses, a collared shirt or sweater (outdated is a plus), and an animal doesn't hurt. If you have a gold watch, bracelet, or chains, use them! For some reason my dog was completely ashamed in the portrait. I can't understand why, this is amazing. Hair needs to be incredibly bland or ridiculous. Your pick. It's the '80s anything goes.

Armed with a tripod & remote or a willing friend, capture a dozen images. It's always best to have a few choices. Try numerous poses. Take a few close ups, because the head shot in the background adds an insightful touch. It's best to use a solid colored backdrop for these photos. Green can make editing the background out easier, but any solid color works.

Step 2: Photo Editing

I selected two photos for the final composite, a main photo and a close up. I'm using Photoshop, but paint.net is a good free alternative. I tweaked the black/white balance in the images to provide a bit of contrast, and I initially worked on a plain white background to see the feathering better.

Start with your main image and delete the background. I used the magic wand and then a small diameter soft brush eraser to clean up. Then add the close up in the background. This should be on a layer behind the main image. Use a soft brush to erase everything but your face, the larger the diameter the more the feather. A soft brush ensures, a nice feather. Alternatively, use a layer mask in photoshop so you don't irrevocably erase a part of the original image that you discover is needed after.

To top it off, I added an inspirational '80s quote, "Knowing is half the battle." Who doesn't love G.I. Joe? The ambiguity is spell binding. Is it something I know, something you know, or something you don't, but should? Is it something I don't know? The questions are endless.

Print your image. I printed mine on 11x17 tabloid paper, but the size depends on your frame.

Step 3: Finish the Frame

I taped the printed image to the corrugated cardboard backing that came with the picture frame. Most frames use a matte board backing.

Initially I cut a matte out of printer paper, but it didn't look good. I used foam core instead as the new matte because I had it on hand. Picture matte is typically a thin cardboard. It's best to use a paper template when you cut the foam core. You can trace a template right onto paper and use that to cut foam core or matte.

You want the matte to touch the color of the image without a white halo. If your image is full bleed, it helps prevent this, my image was not full bleed.

I used plain white because it helps separate the crazy frame from the crazy background. With the matte, frame, and image, I recommend that only two of those things should be crazy. You don't want to go full crazy!

This frame uses staples in the back to keep everything together. I was afraid the foam core would make everything to thick for the staples to hold it, but it just barely fit.

This frame and portrait combination are radical dude. This is fit to hang in any private space or public office. It's a real display piece. Let people know you're one cool dude!

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Your Throwback Yearbook Theme Needs This Laser Photo Background

Like retro trends themselves, what goes into a throwback yearbook theme gets updated (can we call it updated?) every few years.

Because those trends are usually rooted in fashion or pop culture, they can take a good amount of creativity to link back to your throwback yearbook theme.  Right now, though, there’s one retro trend that fits the yearbook perfectly, without making any adjustments or working hard to make a creative connection: the laser photo background.

Yup, you read that right. We’re talking about that 80s-style school photo backdrop emblazoned with neon lines and electric bursts, because they’re back, and they’re pretty meme-tastic. Don’t believe us? Do a quick Google search and you’ll be bombarded with some amazingly awkward glamour shots.

While we don’t advocate purposely creating cringe-worthy student portraits for your yearbook, we do suggest you find a few ways to fit this retro trend into your throwback yearbook theme (funny yearbook superlatives, anyone?).

Keep reading to learn where laser photo backgrounds came from, where to find them today, and how to create your own.

A Brief History on the Laser Photo Background

The laser photo background was all the rage in the 1980s, when many school portraits featured backdrops crisscrossed with bright, glowing lights. Back then it was totally stylish—and not at all ironic.

The fad faded (or fizzled, if you will) and was banished to old yearbooks and family photo albums until 2007. That’s when a blogger posted this photo, titled “Me in ‘91”. It was, up to that point, the first laser photo background on the blog, which described itself as being dedicated to “the celebration of the perfect portrait.” (There is, in case you’re wondering, some sarcasm involved there.) Pretty much everybody sharing the image and basking in its cheesy glory essentially made that single portrait a meme before memes were even popular.

The following year, a Tumblr blog called “We have Lasers!” debuted and—yup, you guessed it—it was dedicated entirely to school portraits with a laser photo background. As Lindsey Weber, the blog’s creator wrote in it’s “About” section: “You begged your mom to pay the extra $4. A tribute to the greatest school photo backdrop there ever was.”

To say “We have Lasers!” took off would be an understatement: People submitted more than 500 portraits to be featured on the blog in less than two years, and the blog was featured on NPR, CNN, Time, and CBS News.

Quickly, laser photo backgrounds went from meme to viral to mainstream.

Popular sites, such as Awkward Family Photos and BuzzFeed, began featuring compilations of people posed in front of the iconic background. Even celebrities began recreating laser photo background images as spoofs (re: this picture of former 98 Degrees frontman, Nick Lachey). The Internet was, and in a lot of ways still is, in a laser-photo frenzy.

So, how do you pull this trend into your throwback yearbook theme?

Where to Find—And How To Use—Laser Photo Backgrounds in Your Throwback Yearbook Theme

There are two places to find laser photo backgrounds:

The poster at Zazzle.com comes in a bunch of different sizes.

Deciding which size to buy is based pretty much entirely on deciding how you’re going to use it. So, before you pull the trigger and shell out a few bucks for a bit of nostalgia, think through your use cases and make sure you order the right one for your needs.

The easiest way to do that?

Do a test run of your photo shoot by placing your subjects against a plain wall and marking off the various poster sizes with painter’s tape. When you frame up your shot, pay attention to which size poster markings are inside the viewfinder, and order the next size up.

If the idea of planning out your photo shoots and spending cash has you feeling a little bummed (and, hey, we get it; we make creating a yearbook free for schools), you can always work a little Photoshop magic.

Really, if you have some super-creative students or parent volunteers on your yearbook committee who know their way around Photoshop’s masking tool, this is the way to go. In fact, even if you don’t have someone like that on your yearbook committee, but you have someone who is willing to give new stuff a try, this is the way to go. Because you can even use PowerPoint to do this.

Here’s how to add a laser background (or any background, really) to a photo in Photoshop:

  1. Choose your image. A picture with a plain background is easiest to work with, so—if you have control over this—have your subject stand in front of a plain wall or against the side of a building to capture some natural light.
  2. Mask it. In Photoshop, use the pen tool to mask the person in the image. (Learn more about masking here.) You can also use more sophisticated Photoshop techniques, depending on how precise you want the image to appear. If you’re new to Photoshop, however, we recommend sticking to the basics.
  3. Insert the background. Drag and drop, or copy and paste, the laser background of your choice. Size and position, save your image, and you’re good to go.

Here’s how to add a background to a photo in PowerPoint:

  1. Add your image to a PowerPoint slide. Again, a picture with a plain background is easiest to work with.
  2. Use the “Remove Background” feature. When you upload a photo in PowerPoint, your toolbar should automatically reset to display the “Format Picture” options that are available. You’ll want to be on that section of the toolbar, so make sure you’re there. Then, under the “Adjust” settings, choose “Remove Background.” PowerPoint guides you through the process from there, and it’s super simple.
  3. Insert the background. Once you upload the background, you’ll want to size it appropriately and position it, like you did in Photoshop. Make sure you adjust your layers, so that the background is in the back. You can do that by finding the “Arrange” section in the “Format Picture” toolbar, and using the “Reorder” feature.
  4. Save your image, but be sure to save your image as a .png, .jpg, or .gif file, and not a PowerPoint file.

That’s all there is to it. Not bad, right?

Adding (or should we say “beaming”?) laser photo backgrounds into your throwback yearbook theme will totally put you in touch with today’s retro trends. It’ll also add a bit of irony and hipster style to your book, and we totally endorse that more than we endorse some of the other trends that are making comebacks.  

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