I absolutely love Polaroid pictures (cue, shake it like a Polaroid picture!). They are timeless. Even though instant cameras have been around since the 1940’s, they’re still hugely sought after. They’re bloody expensive though.
I’ve searched high and low for an instant camera that doesn’t cost a bomb to replace film. 10 shots on your fancy new camera just isn’t enough! There’s no way I could fund my obsession at £8.99 per pack of 10 shots. I take thousands of photographs a year and even though I obviously don’t want to print out every single one of those, it would be nice to print more than 10 without having to sell my kidneys for some cash.
So, I thought I’d make my own.
Using Photoshop, I made a template of a Polaroid style photograph. This is basically a set of cleverly-placed white rectangles, layered accordingly so that I can sit my own photographs in the centre. Using layers means that, whenever I use this template, I can simply drag and drop my photograph from one open project to another. A bit of a re-size is all it will need, as the layers will make sure everything appears cropped.
They’re so versatile. I really love them. I love them so much that I just knew I’d want to share a template with you! So, I’ve attached the Photoshop file that includes the Polaroid template.
To create your own Polaroid-style photographs, download the attached .zip file and open the extracted .psd file with either Photoshop or Gimp (a free photo editing software that you can download here).
Once you’ve opened it, you’ll find a variety of layers. All you need to worry about is opening your choice of photograph(s) and dragging them into the template file. To do this, open the image in either Photoshop or Gimp and drag it from one open window to another.
More than likely, it will be added as a top layer. This means that you’ll no longer be able to see the Polaroid frame. To fix this, simply locate the layers window (a list of ‘images’ with names such as Polaroid Frame, Outline etc.) and rearrange them. Make sure your image replaces my example photograph! My flower photograph, which is titled “Replace Image” should be beneath your newly added photograph.
Then, all you need to do is print and cut out your photographs! I bought some photo paper from the Poundshop of all places… I’m sure you’ll be able to guess how much it was. It’s great stuff too.
What do you think? If you use the template, let me know because I’d love to see what you do with it!
You can read my previous post here.
Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills