In this tutorial we create a retro Polaroid effect in Photoshop. Turn pictures into Polaroids in just a few easy steps.
Step 1: Images Used in This Tutorial
Step 2: Add the Wood Background
Create a new layer called Wood Background and add this wood texture. You can use other types of backgrounds like white wall textures, brick textures, corkboard textures and so on.
Step 3: Add the Polaroid Frame
Add the polaroid frame png image in a new layer.
Step 4: Make a Rectangle Shape
Use the Rectangle Tool to make a rectangle shape below the Polaroid Frame layer.
Step 5: Add Your Photo
Add your photo in a new layer above the Rectangle layer. Right click on the Photo layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Step 6: Add Drop Shadow Effect
Duplicate the Polaroid Frame layer and place it below the Rectangle layer. Add a soft Drop Shadow effect.
Step 7: Taped Polaroid Photo
If you want to create a taped photo, use the Rectangle Tool to create two white rectangle shapes. Place the tape on the corners of your Polaroid photo and rotate them. Set the opacity to around 50%.
Step 8: Retro Old Look
To create a retro old look, you can add the Old Paper Texture above all the other layers and set the blend mode to Multiply, opacity 75%. Use a Levels adjustment layer to adjust the contrast and brightness of the Old Paper Texture.
Step 9: Rotate the Polaroid Photo
Select the Polaroid Frame layer, the Shadow layer, the Photo layer and the Rectangle layer and put them inside a Group.
Press Control-T to rotate and move the Polaroid photo.