Q: “How can I create a polaroid effect for my images?”

What you will discover in this answer is how to transform images into a cool polaroid type effect that looks smokin’ hot.

Step 1 Create A New Document

1 Your canvas size should be 500 pixels x 500 pixels.

Step 2 Change the background to offset white

1 At the bottom of the layers palette click on the “Create new fill or adjustment layer buton” then click on “solid color”.

In the dialogue box that launches select an offset white color …

1 Choose “#cccccc”.

Step 3 Create Rectangle Shape

1 Choose the “Rectangle” tool from the toolbar (or press “U” to go pronto).

Draw rectangle …

1 Click and drag to draw a rectangle – this will form the basic of are polaroid.

Step 4 Change The Color Of Our Polaroid

1 In the layers pallete, double click on the black square for the rectangle shape layer we just created.

Let’s change the color to white …

1 In the dialogogue box that opens choose “#ffffff” (white).

Step 5 Select the “Move” tool from the toolbar.

1 Select move tool.

Using the move tool simply drag and drop an image into our polaroid document …

1 We are going to drag this image into are polaroid document.
2 Our polaroid document.

Step 6 Transform

1 From the menubar choose “Edit > Transform > Free Transform Tool”.

Let’s resize our photograph:

1 With alt and shift depressed drag the corner inwards …

Apply …

1 In the options bar, press “commit” to apply our transformation.

Step 7 Blending Options

1 In the layers palette, right click on the photograph layer and choose “blending options”.

Let’s add a stroke around our photograph.

1 Tick the stroke checkbox to enter the stroke settings.

Let’s change the stroke settings.

1 “1px” stroke size.
2 “50%” for opacity.
3 “black” for stroke color.

Step 8 Blending Options

1 In the layers palette, right click on our polaroid layer (that we created in step 3), and choose ‘blending options’.
1 Choose gradient overlay …
1 Double click on the gradient – we are going to edit it.

The gradient editor below shows three “stopper’s”, these are places on the gradient where we can change color.

1 Click in the center of the gradient to create a stopper then click on it to edit it’s color.
1 Change the color to “#cccccc”.
1 Double click on first stopper.
1 Choose white – “#ffffff”.

Do the same for the final stopper – you should have your gradient set like below …

1 Stopper should be set to “#ffffff”.
2 Stopper should be set to “#cccccc”.
3 Stopper should be set to “#ffffff”.

Step 9 Blending Options (continued)

1 Click on the “Drop shadow” checkbox in the blending options dialogue box.

Use these settings.

1 “75%” for opacity.
2 “60 degrees” for angle.
3 “15px for size.

Let’s add a stroke …

1 Enter the stroke settings dialog.

Use these settings.

1 “1px” stroke size.
2 “30%” for opacity.

Step 10 Check What We Have So Far

1 Our photograph has a slight border.
2 Our polaroid has a slight gradient and a stroke around it.

Step 11 Let’s Add Some Text

1 From the toolbar choose the “Horizontal type” tool.
1 Click and drag to create an area where we will add our type – make sure this area is the width of our polaroid.
1 Enter your text.
1 In the options bar, press “commit”, to apply what we just typed to our photoshop document.

Step 12 Select Layers

We are about to rotate our polaroid, but before we can do this we need to select everything we have worked on …

1 Hold down SHIFT and in the layers palette, click on all of the layers we have been working on to select them all.

Step 13 Rotate

1 In the menubar go to “Select Edit > Transform > Rotate”.
1 The “set rotation” box. Enter a value of 10 degrees.
1 In the options bar, press “commit” to apply the rotation to our document.

Step 13 Polaroid Effect Achieved

1 Check out the final polaroid. Looking good.
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