How to split an image into Polaroid photos

26
Nov'10
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010

Hi there,
I'll show you how to divide an image into a group of Polaroid photographs. You can use the image I took or your own.

Also I used this pattern texture but i changed a bit for you, so download it from the Required Files
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calebkimbrough/3672774015/sizes/o/in/photos...

Enjoy!

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Required Files

Final Image

Step
01
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Open the image you’ve download or your own, it doesn’t matter because this tutorial can be used on what image you want. Double click the background layer to unlock and rename the layer background.
Step
02
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
The easiest way to do the Polaroid images is this (just pay attention). Using the rectangle tool and this color #7e7e7e, draw a square (Hold down SHIFT for a square). Name this layer “square 1”.
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03
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Duplicate the square (press CTRL+J), rename the layer to “Polaroid 1” move it under the “square 1” change the color to white then transform it like me (CTRL+T). To scale this layer (CTRL+T) from center, hold down SHIFT and ALT then drag from a corner. Next, drag from the lower point so this will look like a Polaroid photo.
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04
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Select “Polaroid 1” and “square 1” and rotate them CTRL+T like I did.
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05
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Pay attention to this step, hold down CTRL and click on the square layer where I marked for you (this will do a selection around the square). Now pick the polygonal lasso tool and go to the background layer. Press the right click on the selection you’ve made around the square and go to Layer via Copy (make sure you are on the background layer).
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06
cosmin
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Sep 2010
You see that now you have a new layer under the “Polaroid 1”, rename this new layer to “picture 1” and move it on top of the “square 1” and link it to “Polaroid 1” (select picture 1 and Polaroid 1 then click Link layers).
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07
cosmin
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Sep 2010
Now select “Polaroid 1” and “square 1”, duplicate them (right click> duplicate layers) and rename them to “Polaroid 2” and “square 2” (drag this 2 new layers under the Polaroid 1). You can delete now “square 1”. You will repeat this step for every Polaroid image, and you will rename them consecutive (Polaroid 3, Polaroid 4, etc.)
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08
cosmin
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Sep 2010
Select “Polaroid 2” and “square 2” > CTRL+T > Rotate and move them like I did.
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09
cosmin
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Sep 2010
Repeat step 5 and rename the layer “picture 2” then link it to “Polaroid 2”. “Picture 2” layer needs to be on top of “square 2”.
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10
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Repeat step 7 but with “Polaroid 2”, “square 2” and rename them to “Polaroid 3” “square 3” (delete “square 2”). Move and rotate the new layers like I did (make sure the new layers are under “Polaroid 2”).
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cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Repeat step 5, rename the new layer “picture 3” and link it to “Polaroid 3”.
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cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Again duplicate “Polaroid 3”, “square 3” rename it like usual, then delete “square 3”. Move and rotate “Polaroid 4” and “square 4” like I did (make sure this new layers are under “polaroid 3”). Now use step 5 again, rename to “picture 4” and link it to “Polaroid 4”.
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cosmin
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Sep 2010
Repeat the steps above for “Polaroid 5”, “square 5” move and rotate them like me then create “picture 5” layer and link it like usual.
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cosmin
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Sep 2010
The same steps for “Polaroid 6”, “square 6” then “picture 6” just move and rotate it like I did (the new layers always needs to be on top of the background layer and under the last Polaroid you’ve made).
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15
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
You need only 4 more Polaroid images, so repeat the steps above and arrange them like I did.
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16
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Now let’s do a trick with the hand. Using polygonal lasso tool, make a selection like I did (on the background layer) then right click > layer via copy. Rename the new layer to “hand” and move it on top of the layers. The hand looks like it’s out from an image now.
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17
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
Now we need some shadows, double click on “Polaroid 1” layer. Go to drop shadow and use my settings (angle 120, distance 10, spread 15, size 25).
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18
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
The easiest way to put a shadow on each Polaroid image is this. Right click on “Polaroid 1” layer > copy layer style. Select all the Polaroid layers (“Polaroid 2”, “Polaroid 3”, etc.) > right click > Paste layer style.
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19
cosmin
Member since:
Sep 2010
The last step is to put a nice background. So open the pattern texture and paste it into our document. Call the new layer “Pattern background” and move it on top of the background layer. Your result should look like mine.

Comments

Comments

01
Sep'11
Wedding Photographer Essex

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

Great tutorial thanks - I'm going to give this a go.

26
May'11
ice

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

you can select both layers by hitting shift+control/command+click on the layer panel.

25
May'11
ZEESHAN

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

just awesome................. thanks for sharing such a great tutorial.:)

24
May'11
Oiram26

Thanks A LOT!

Man, I really appreciate the effort to make this post possible and obviously the way you teach the technique. Thanks. I learn A LOT!

23
May'11
Anonymous

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

can u upload the video of this.. i find it very difficult.. the layer thing.. how do i create the link between the layers.. byw m using cs4

19
May'11
Aadya Agrawal

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

how to select two layer as you said selec "square1" and "polaroid1"

13
May'11
amitBajaj

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

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11
May'11
le concepteur

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

wow, this is fantastic. thanks.

11
May'11
ajith

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

i cant able to find the layer via copy what to do boss...

10
May'11
ika

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

Fantastic tutorial , very clear ! thanks mate :)

06
May'11
Ricky Orlando Napitupulu

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

i've read this tutor before but i dont undestand yet..

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06
May'11
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Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

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06
May'11
Ricky Orlando Napitupulu

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

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Apr'11
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Dec'10
Anonymous

Re: How to split an image into Polaroid photos

muy buen tutorial, con esto aprendi a usar unas cosas mas... y otra vez mas, esta muy bien el tuto... saludos

12
Dec'10
Anonymous

COOL Tutorial

COOL!