How To Turn Your Photo Into A “Polaroid Photo”

Have you ever taken a photo and thought it would have looked so much better if it resembled those old “Polaroid” style photos? Well now, even though that type of camera has long since disappeared from the market, you can turn your photo into a “Polaroid Photo” using this simple tutorial:

**Do not open the photo you plan on working with!!**

Instead, begin by creating a layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Choose a simple color (your preference) and press OK.

Next, expand the size of the new layer by going to Image > Canvas Size. I adjusted the size of mine by “10 x 10”, but you can go larger (I wouldn’t recommend smaller) if you would like more space to work with.

Now create another new layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color again. This time the color you choose should be WHITE.

Next select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” and select a portion of the canvas (try to match the style/dimensions demonstrated below).


While that area is still selected, Right Click > Save Selection. Under “Destination > Channel” select “Color Fill 2 Mask” in the drop-down box and under “Operation” make sure “Replace Channel” is selected.

Now copy the photo you plan to use (from its saved location outside of Photoshop) and paste it onto your canvas.


Resize and adjust your photo to fit inside the “Polaroid Frame” by clicking Command + T.

Finally finish up by using the “Crop” tool to remove the solid color background. Now you should be left with just your new “Polaroid Photo”. Congratulations!

Tutorial By: Marley Rodgers

~ by mer75 on September 17, 2012.

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