Introduction: Faux Instant Photo

About: I like making things and I'm good at breaking things.

Instant camera is back in fashion, however, the film is REALLY expensive. I’m not going to pay for that, so I decided to make my own:

The one I’m imitating is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, but I’m pretty sure you can go for Polaroid or other instant camera – just change the frame size.

Things you’ll need:

  • A photo
  • Rookie (This app is only available on iOS. You can use other photo editing app of your choice)
  • Frame template (Fujifilm / Polaroid)
  • Photoshop / (For Window Only)
  • Colour Printer
  • Paper cutter / scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: Prepare Your Photo

Step 2: Go on Rookie (or Whatever Software You Like)

The goal is to make your digital photo looks like one from an instant camera, so it doesn’t matter what software you use as long as you achieve the effect. But for this tutorial, I’m going to use Rookie:

Go to Filters -> Vintage Classic -> Classic

Go to Adjustments -> Brightness / Contrasts -> Increase both options

Go to Texture -> 04 Texture -> Screen

Save the image and send it to your computer

Step 3: Download the Template

Step 4: Open the Template and Your Photo on PS /

Make sure the template is opened as .png

Click “Add Layer” on the template

Step 5: Copy and Paste Your Photo Onto the New Layer

Step 6: Click “Move Layer Down”

Step 7: Adjust

Flatten and save your photo as .jpeg

Step 8: Drag It on Word and Click “Border”

Step 9: Print It Out

Step 10: Cut and Glue It to the Cardboard

Cut it with scissors – remember to leave some space outside the border

Step 11: Trim It With a Paper Cutter

You can use a pair of scissors, but it’d be really difficult to cut a perfect edge.

And you're done! I hope you'll like it :)