Improve Your Photo Booth With 90 Free Effects [Mac]

photobooth article   Improve Your Photo Booth With 90 Free Effects [Mac]Every Mac that comes with an iSight is loaded with Photo Booth. When I was Mac-less, I used to frequent Apple stores and somehow Photo Booth seemed to appeal to me then. Sadly, after I bought a Mac for myself, the attraction didn’t last very long and later, I sort of forgot about this nifty application which attracted me in the first place.

To bring back the romance, I went on a search to see if I could add more effects to Photo Booth. There were only a few interesting pre-packaged ones and most of them had something to do with image distortion (squeeze, bulge, dent, mirror etc.). That was fun for a while but I need the “Wow” factor back desperately.

In my search, I managed to uncover a few sites that offer a good collection of free Photo Booth effects.

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From B-L-A-C-K-O-P, I found CatEye, which is a collection of 5 sets of effects. Each set has its own theme:

  • RetroPixels – adaptation of 60’s and 70’s video effects.
  • Love For 80s – bringing back Space Invaders, Pong and VHS (yes, that’s video tape quality, ladies and gentlemen!).
  • Bent Pels – optical image distortion with a twist.
  • BoobToob – a set of TV screen effects.
  • FewTile – tiled-images effect.
  • I especially like the BoobToob set, it makes me feel like I’m on television. If you’re sick or bored with the default Photo Booth effects, this will definitely bring back some fun.

    CatEye will only work on Leopard and is free (direct download link)

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    From another site called Macpoupou Factory, I found a collection of Mac Photobooth effects which has been around for quite some time: MoreIchatEffects. After adding these effects, I realised that I have been missing out on a lot of fun! The effects are incredibly awesome beyond the ones Apple provide, especially Hologram – if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love this one. It’s strangely uncanny.

    More iChat Effects 2.0.3 (direct download link)

    Besides that, several other effects like ASCII art and Line Overlay are pretty cool.

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    photobooth ascii art   Improve Your Photo Booth With 90 Free Effects [Mac]

    MoreIchatEffects bundles 48 different effects and will only work on Leopard.

    UPDATE: This effects bundle crashes when running on Snow Leopard in 64-bit mode. More information here.

    I can’t remember how I managed to find this next site but it offers 4 Photo Booth effects (Leopard only), from which I only like one. Visit the site and guess which one it is and let me now in the comments. (Hint: Did you know that Photo Booth has the ability to record video? You can ask Bush what he thought about the shoe).

    Finally, a Photo Booth effect that must not be left out: Obamafy. Following in the footsteps of President-Elect Barack Obama, you can now quickly and simply create your “Hope” posters. Remember, Leopard only.

    UPDATE: Obamafy crashes Photo Booth on Snow Leopard. At the time of writing, it worked on Leopard. Save the effect in /Users/{your username}/Library/Compositions.

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    In order to remove unwanted effects, just delete them from the appropriate folder. Keep in mind that if you add a lot of new effects at once, Photo Booth will crash while loading them. It’s best to add one set at a time.

    Also, these effects will work with iChat! So, you can fool your friends into thinking that something’s gone wonky with your iSight or that they’re really seeing you through a hologram.

    Got more effects to share? Know about other ways to bring back the fun to Photo Booth? Share with us in your comments. Lastly, if you’d like to use your iSight for something more productive, check out my article on Gawker and Eyesight.

    UPDATE: I strongly advise you to install each set of effects individually. Remember to quit Photo Booth before installing. To uninstall, empty the ~/Library/Compositions or /Library/Compositions folder.

    If Photo Booth becomes unresponsive, Force Quit the application and delete the effects from the Compositions folder.

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    152 Comments -

    Sangindiva

    THANK YOU!! These are great!!

    Ivan

    how do yu get them ??????????

    CadeMortem

    Thanks!

    Stazquatch

    Hello, really cool post but not working for me! well the cat eye one isn’t anyway. i put the files into library/comp as instructed but my photobooth looks the same, am i doing something wrong?

    Jackson

    Did you use CatEye’s installers or did you manually drag every one into /Library/Compositions? If you didn’t I suggest that you use the installers.

    Stazquatch

    thank you, should have been obvious I suppose, oh well!

    Roberto Cisneros

    i downloaded effect but i cant delete them it says that it is (code-61)

    Jones

    cool

    ethan

    thanks man, these are awesome!

    Bob

    Now my photo booth crashes incessantly. Thanks!

    Jackson Chung

    Hmmm, I had that problem as well. I stated that at the end of my article. Photo Booth can’t render the effects properly if you add all of them at once. You need to add them one set at a time and try browsing through the effects with the arrows, avoid clicking the squares

    Gregory Solomon

    Same here. When you click on the next box for effects it crashes. So use command and the arrow keys to cycle through. it works this way

    clo

    umm how do u uninstall … i cant use my photobooth anymore! arrrg! It keeps crashing!

    thebeaky

    They look awesome, but I’m on Leopard yet… did you find any for Tiger?

    Jackson Chung

    A quick browse did reveal some commercial options. WebcamTweaker and Freakshow. I’ll report back if I find anything else.

    hornswaggle

    i am kinda new to this but how do you download the effect?? where do you go to??

    Jackson

    Click on the links in the article to download the effects, then use the installer to add them to Photo Booth

    Rich

    Having same problem as Bob above me. I now understand how I should have installed it properly, but what do I do now that the damage is done? How can I make photoshop work normally again? Each time I try to use an effect photoshop closes. Thanks!

    Jackson

    It’s actually quite easy, you’ll need to remove the effects. They’re stored in /Users/{your username}/Library/Compositions or /Library/Compositions depending on the user level which you installed them. Try removing until you find that Photo Booth works again, then re-add the effects slowly.

    Jazz

    I did this, and I can NOT find my photobooth. I checked everywhere. I tried the Mac OS X Install Disc, and I’m not sure where I download it. I couldn’t find “INSTALL PHOTOBOOTH” sort of thing. PLEASE HELP. I need help with this. I can’t find it! AND IT’S DRIVING ME NUTS.

    Jazz

    I looked there, and it’s not there anymore. I still have the effects on my photobooth, but when in the Library/compositions… It’s not there. :( Help!??

    Jazz

    Woah. I got it…. Thank goodness.
    Thanks for your help!

    Daisy

    So will this only work if you have leopard or ichat4?

    Jackson

    Unfortunately, yup

    LoozyJones

    “Obamafy???” that’s a sad oversight. should be “Shepardize.”

    Samm-I-Am

    These are great…. thanks so much for posting these!!!

    mary

    i love effects

    Jackson

    Lovely to see you people enjoying yourselves with these effects :)

    Tracy

    What about Snow Leopard?

    silkina Ahluwalia

    i have deleted the apps from my mac but it is still in my photobooth how do i get rid of it from my photobooth!!! its making it slow. someone help me. i went to library and everything bt i cant find the application i moved it to trash already but it’s still in my photobooth these effects!! i downloaded both the cateye and moreichateffects.

    how do i delete it permanentlt??

    Jackson Chung

    Hi, take a deep breath and calm down.

    This happens when you load too many effects into Photo Booth, like I stated in my article

    First, you’ll need to go to /Library/Composition and delete everything in that folder. Those are the effects. Then, you’ll need to load the effects a few at a time. That lessens the burden on Photo Booth to render the graphics.

    Let me know if it works.

    kate

    my compositions folder is empty, i’d like to remove them from photobooth. i don’t know how to get them off. i have leopard.

    silkina Ahluwalia

    oh haha got it thank u so much. okay so now after i install one set of effect how long of a gap should i have before i start installing the next one?

    i think it was jammed because i download moreichateffects together with cateye. so ya catastrophe!

    OKAY THANKS SO MUCH

    Jackson

    You should add one set, start Photo Booth, click on the effects and let them load. After that you may add more effects

    silkina Ahluwalia

    which should i download if i only want the set with the effect “Obamafy”. Which set is that? Please let me know thanks

    Patrick Gallagher

    Wow, I never realized more effects could be added to Photo Booth or iChat. Cool stuff.

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    SARAh Coplan

    PLEASE PLEAAAASE HELP ME
    THIS IS MAKING MY COMPUTER SOOOOOOSSOSOSO SLOW
    and i dont know how to delete it!
    i tried the compositions thign but i dontwana delete the originall photo booth effects!
    just thesseee onesss !
    and theseeee ones arnt showing up in composition plllllllllllllllllllllllz plz help asap

    Jackson

    The empty compositions folder you are referring to belongs to your home folder /Users/You/Library/Compositions/

    You need to access the Compositions folder on your root drive /hard drive/Library/Compositions/ everything in there are the effects you added. You can delete everything to get your Photo Booth running properly again.

    bella Silk

    how do i download only thr obamify one??

    kedob

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    emily

    THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE,
    i downloted it and then they are all just in a folder what do i do now?
    where do i bring it?
    HELPP ?

    Jackson

    Which one did you download?

    mouse

    i down loaded catseye

    Andreas Thaler

    When i what to remove it i go to library and check after Compositions but i don’t got that folder, how the f*** am i suposed to remove them now eh?

    Jackson

    The Compositions library is in your root drive (hard disk) not your home folder (the one with your username)

    help

    wait.. can you give steps to go to this folder??
    also my new photobooth effects have green lines too… could you tell me how i could FIX them instead of just uninstalling them??!
    thanks

    Razan Anabtawi

    heeey!
    ok, so i downloaded these effects and i really like them, but there are a few that i downloaded a while ago that i wanna get rid of the, how can i do that?
    its making my photo booth SLOWW
    pleaseeee help mee
    THANKS A LOT

    Jackson

    Please read the comments above about the Compositions folder

    Mik

    Razan how did you download it….
    what did you press where is the writing download??? i really wanna download these effects but how!?!?!?!?!?

    kedob

    Hi. What do you think about stockfreephoto.eu

    Nicole12342

    I do not know how 2 do it! How do u do it. I cannot download it! :C help!

    taylor11792

    question.

    how do i UNINSTALL the effects of what you mentioned down below? i no longer want them on my macbook anymore. how do you uninstall them??

    “# RetroPixels – adaptation of 60’s and 70’s video effects.
    # Love For 80s – bringing back Space Invaders, Pong and VHS (yes, that’s video tape quality, ladies and gentlemen!).
    # Bent Pels – optical image distortion with a twist.
    # BoobToob – a set of TV screen effects.
    # FewTile – tiled-images effect.

    I especially like the BoobToob set, it makes me feel like I’m on television. If you’re sick or bored with the default Photo Booth effects, this will definitely bring back some fun.”

    kimmy

    ii dont like know hot to download it. like its confusinng. aha. well i meaan i like installed it but nothing happened to photobooth…? maybee im doing something wronng. idk!

    lauren hays

    there’s a lot of green lines on each effect for me how do i get rid of them

    Jackson

    Please read the comments above regarding the Compositions folder.

    Katy

    I want to uninstall the effects, because they are making my macbook extremely slow. I have deleted everything off of my computer, and the effects are no longer (nor ever were) in my compositions folder but they are still showing up. Any advice?

    Jackson

    Please read the article above regarding the Compositions folder. The Compositions folder is in your root drive (hard disk) not your home folder (the one with your username)

    jj

    MY COMPOSITION FOLDER IS EMPTY BUT THE EFFECTS ARE STILL THERE.

    YOU HAVENT ANSWERED THIS QUESTION.

    HOW DO YOU UNINSTALL THEM?

    COMPOSITION FOLDER IS EMPTY EMPTY EMPTY = NOTHING IS IN IT.

    kate

    make sure you check both composition folders. there are two. Nothing this guy has said has helped me at all, so i figured it out by myself. it actually got to the point where i had to reinstall everything on my computer because they screwed it up so bad. anyway if you go into HD/System/Library, there is a compositions folder in there. Also, if you just go into HD/Library, there is a compositions folder there too. The latter is where i found all mine, not in Systems like people say. don’t bother picking and choosing ones to keep, just dump it. you might have to reinstall Photo Booth to get back the original effects but that’s easy enough as long as you don’t have Snow Leopard lol. Hope this helps.

    jay

    awesome thnx

    DIEGO

    how do I donwload this themes?

    helpme

    HELP! i dont have a compositions folder in my library? what do i do?

    Sam

    omgg thank you SO MUCH!!

    Jordan Walters

    were is my obamayfy i dont have it i installed all of them

    Jordan Walters

    were is my obamayfy i dont see

    Stevan

    After reading comments and/or complaints I (speaking for myself of course) would use some UNIX comands to get rid of unwanted files and/or
    apps ! At times the old way MIGHT BE THE ONLY WAY.

    Stevan

    lm

    i like these effects but how can i delete them?

    ???

    will this slow down my computer/make it crash/do anything harmfull to it???????????????????????????? because i REALLY want them but im afraid something bad will happen to my computer. and that would be bad because its a brand new computer and i share it with the rest of my family so everyone would get mad if i ruin the computer. please answer!!!!

    lily

    how do u put on photo booth???

    Jackson Chung

    Dear MUO readers,

    Due to the large amount of comments, I am not able to answer each one individually. The article is pretty self-explanatory. Each effect set comes with its own installer.

    Depending on the level which you install, whether is “For this user only” or “For all users of this computer”, your effects will either be located at /Library/Compositions or /Users/{your username}/Library/Compositions, respectively.

    Do not overload PhotoBooth with a lot of effects at once because it will try to parse everything during which time your Mac might experience some unresponsiveness.

    To remove, just delete the effects from the aforementioned folders where it has been installed into.

    lol

    lol. i can see ur getting rly frustrated. they r all asking the same questions XD. just read the comments above people!

    nafisaht

    I wan’t photo booth !!! But i don’t have macbook !!! Can photo booth install in a laptop ??

    Sally

    the link will get you to the web site where you can download an app that only requires your computer to be a mac, whether you have an in-built camera or not :)
    Just buy a plug-in webcam, and it should allow you to take photos using it

    hope this helps :D

    kayla

    how do i download these?

    Courtz

    hi can u reply to this question i have downloaded it but i dont no how to put them on photo booth i can only make them a background

    hellp

    McCain/Palin

    YEAH, OKAy, OBAMA SUCKS, I am not DOWNLOADING THIS THING BECAUSE OF THAT. OH, AN EFFECT THAT CANT BE LEFT OUT? GIVEN ME A F*CKIN BREAK!!!WELL, I HOPE THAT YOU ALL HAVE FUN BING TOTAL LOSERS, AND DONT EVEN TRY AND COMMENT ON THIS, THERE’S NOTHING U CAN SAY TO IT. NUFF SAID

    erika

    how do you delete these stupid effects…they make my computer go so slow and then freeze and exit.

    Emileeeeeeeeee

    help!
    i dont know how do download them, and i have one annoying one from a nother stuid download how do i get ride of it and how do i even get to the library help and go so slow a 3 year old can understand

    Emileeeeeeeee

    help i dont know how to do anyof this
    first how do delete old one and how do i get to that library thingy u are talking about
    then how do i download urs because they look awsome

    Emileeeeeeeee

    yay ok so i found out how to delete the old stupid effects
    now how do download urs ONLY THE GOOD ONES
    and make it easy please

    deann

    Hi, I followed the instruction to go to macinotsh HD/library/compositions. But there doest seem to be a compositions folder and I dont know what do. Could I please get some help with this.

    Jackson Chung

    Try searching in the user level Library Compositions folder

    danielle

    how do you delete them from your photobooth

    Aaron

    The CatEye Effects do not show up in the compositions folder with the rest of the effects, nor can i find them anywhere on my mac, and yet they show up in photobooth and make it crash and the like. so how then can i delete them if they are not with the other effects or anywhere else?

    Jackson Chung

    They should be in the user level compositions folder [your home folder name]/Library/Compositions/

    Helpless

    Hey, guys I’ve downloaded both, cat eye and the other one.Cat eye works great but some of the other ones are divided by a green bar.. that sucks does anyone knoe how to delete the green bar?

    Brandon

    How do i download them

    Smith

    is this a virus?!

    Roberto Cisneros

    i need to delete the effects but it keeps on saying that it is a (code-61) what do i do

    Smith

    mine does the same thing

    Jackson Chung

    Did you exit Photobooth before deleting the effects?

    caitin

    how do you download them?
    i cant find the button. lol

    anonymous

    i dont know how to download the effects
    HELP ME PLZ!!!

    Smith

    hey Jackson Chung! there isnt anything in my compositions folder! its empty! :[ what should i do?!

    manuel

    Question,

    Is the any way I CAN use this great effects in my sony video cam? Thanks

    Sally

    If you don’t buy a mac that has the inbuilt camera, you can still download an app that is almost identical to photo booth but with a few little differences, and it will take photos with your plug-in webcam or camera. Here is the link to the web site where you can download it:
    freakshowsoftware.com/

    hope this helps in any way.
    :D

    Shivvu

    How do you download them? I really want them but I don’t know how to download them. Help me please!

    nikki

    i dont understand ! how do i get it and what is the leopard thing ?!

    Gracie

    hey !

    thanks, but how do you download that second set ? with the hollagram and stuff ? there is no download button !!!

    thankyouuh in advance !

    xx(L)

    julien menth

    party

    Sep

    Hello, how to Delete the Blackop, cat eye? can tell Me?

    bryan

    dont download. these effects make photo booth really slow

    russell Nicholas

    this might help some of you, my photo booth started crashing also after i added in the new effects. but after i went into the ‘get info’ option on photo booth and checked ‘run in 32-bit mode’ it started to work fine :)

    ee

    i cant find ‘ run in 32 bit mode’ cos i only see ‘open in rosetta’
    wht should i do?

    russell Nicholas

    open finder, then go to macintosh HD, then applications. find Photo Booth. right click and select get info. there should be a check box that says open in 32 bit mode. it should be there.

    Betty

    I have the same ‘issue’ as ee, I have followed the instructions and have no option to click to run in 32-bit, just ‘Open in Rosetta’. Does anyone have any further advice for those in this position? Thank you in advance.

    And thank you so very much for this article and the links.

    tempeste

    i cant delete the ones with the 80’s and all that. ( I did the whole library/compositions/ thing and it is not working on my computer and the application keeps closing automatically. this computer is brand new so i am not sure what to do.

    Franciii

    how do we make a new page for effects? cuz i downloaded all of the effects on this page, but i dont know how to make a new page so that i can add them all to photobooth :(

    Iza

    Gosh you people are really stupid, just read everything above and stop asking every 5 seconds how to!! >.<

    Jackson Chung you saved my boring photo booth, thanks man :D

    Nick

    Hey, I love these effects…but I’m using a school-issued Macintosh Running Leopard.
    My school blocked any and all installers that edit the Applications folder, so I can’t install More iChat Effects.
    Is there any place that has the individual .qtz files for download?

    Nick

    Okay, I think I figured out part of the problem.
    The installer skips past the destination select, no matter what I do. So, it’s installing for all users, which I can’t do, because one of the users is “admin” so, obviously, I’d need the admin password.

    Any way to get the installer to install it for just lil’ old me?

    chase

    ive deleted the effects in the composition folder but it still has the effects that say demo and stuff. how do i COMPLETELY delete all the effects and start with the basic photo booth.
    this fucked up my comp

    Melissa Wolf

    Im having the same problem.. did you ever find a solution?

    kellan

    were the heck do you go to get them??

    josh

    uhh i dont think it works on snowleopard

    Kevin

    thank u soo muchh

    luke

    how do you downlaod them

    JLS

    how do you download them!!!?

    Melissa Wolf

    How can I get rid of this? i cant open photo booth and take a picture without it shutting down now…

    Jackson Chung

    Depending on the user-level for which you save these effects (for ‘All Users’ or for ‘This User Only’), they will either be saved in /Users/{your username}/Library/Compositions or /Library/Compositions. In order to remove unwanted effects, just delete them from the appropriate folder. Keep in mind that if you add a lot of new effects at once, Photo Booth will crash while loading them. It’s best to add one set at a time.

    Charlie

    i am desperate for these effects.. please tell me how 2 download them

    Brandon

    Will It work for snow leopard?

    Danielle SMITH

    Why is my camera on photo booth so slow

    Danielle SMITH

    why is my camera on photobooth so slow

    Maloli Lemmen

    how can i download the effects?

    britty

    just leopard? sucks i have snow one

    Heather Jean Hunter

    I am having the same problem. I have hit get info and the only box to check in open in rossetta. My ichat and photo booth dont even run anymore. Any help would be highly appericated.

    John

    Can somebody post the .qtz files for the ones that require an install? I’m using my school MacBook, so I can’t install them without the administrator password. Thanks.

    kate

    I am having the same problem with the “open in 32 bit mode” and “open using rosetta.” I just bought my macbook about two days ago and even the sales associate told me to download these effects but that it was mandatory to change it to 32 bit mode. however, when I pull up the “get info” window for photobooth and ichat, there is no checkbox for 32 bit mode. the effects are working, but I have noticed that my computer runs slower and I don’t want it to crash. please help.

    s;dlfa sdlf

    How do you get them?!!! wheres the download button????

    Charlie

    Hey i want these but how do i download them onto my photobooth?

    s;dlfa sdlf

    Does this work if you have a macbook?

    jaye

    okay, so the effects are great, but how do you download them?

    novat

    hihi um how do you download it? (very confuzzled)

    Kate

    How do you uninstall CatEye?

    Meg

    Hey I uploaded this photo effects then later found apple got these effects and i want to delete the other effects but it is asking me for a password for my admin account on the computer. But for some reason it wont delete and then it says it sent a message to the creater of the effects for making up passwords when i didn’t AND I JUST WANT TO DELETE IT!

    Michelle

    I downloaded the Cat Eye ones
    I found that they were really slow and after a few minutes they would just go blank on the screen, I went to the finder they weren’t in the Compositions but under devices it had them listed so I dragged them to the trash and emptied that. I couldn’t find them stored anywhere on my account other than where I deleted them from.

    I went back to Photobooth and they were still there!!!!!! I dont know what I am doing wrong, I dont want to download them again I just want them gone!! Im really upset and just want them gone… please help me!!!!!!

    super villain

    your effects fvcked up mai comupTureeR,

    Matt

    Do you know any effects for those with Snow Leopard, or is there another similar article on make use of? By the way, awesome site, my favorite.

    zac

    how do you even download the effects

    zac

    this site sucks

    Brandon

    hey dude thanks these effects are awesome! i coldnt jump through squares for a while but once it crahshes if u report it it kinda works better, most of them when i tae a pic they come out with the color distorted and stuff… can u help?

    jackie haft

    still don’t understand how to find /Library/composition file to delete downloaded effects.
    can you help me?

    nolan

    how can i delete specific effects cause i have way to many and now my photobooth crashes, i dont know how to delete

    Mysteryboygirl

    HOW DO U GET THEM???

    Fred

    Dont get them! Screwed up my computer! Photobooth is really slow now!

    DONT GET!

    Hunter

    my mac is extremly slow now, What the hell, thanks alot, u should have warnd us!!!

    Veronique

    Cool stuff, thanks!!!

    awesomeness

    cool effects but…. HOW DO I DOWNLOAD ‘EM!!!!!