In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a Polaroid Photo Collage with Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Open Adobe Photoshop and select File > Open to import the image from the selected folders. Here I have used the below image to create a Polaroid Photo collage.
Step 2: Create a new layer by clicking the “Create a new layer” icon at the right-bottom of the Layers palette or press Ctrl + Shift + n.
Step 3: Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool from the tool box and draw a square on the created new layer.
Step 4: Let’s fill the foreground color into black by pressing Alt + Delete
Step 5: Now we have to create and place a new layer below “Layer 1”, so hold down your Ctrl key and then click on the Create a new layer icon at the right-bottom of the layers palette.
Ctrl + “Create a new layer”
Hence the new layer named “Layer 2” has been created below the Layer 1.
Step 6: Go to Select on the top menu and Select > Transform Selection to form a scalable selection like the below image
Step 7: Resize your selected area a bit larger than the black frame area, leaving more space on the bottom than the other sides to form the polaroid photo effect.
Once done, then click Apply button.
Step 8: Now press Ctrl + Delete to fill the background color into white as shown here
Step 9: Press Ctrl + D to deselect the selection.
Step 10: Let’s create a drop shadow effect to the white color frame. Go to the the right-bottom of the layers palette and click fx to add a layer style.
Step 11: I have applied the Drop Shadow style to the white frame. Use the following layer styles:
Step 12: Hence the white color frame will have the drop shadow as below
Step 13: Now select both layers(i.e, Layer1 and Layer2) by holding the “Shift” button.
Step 14: Then press Ctrl + T to transform and rotate the created polaroid photo frame.
Step 15: After placing the frame at a particular spot. Click Apply button.
Step 16: First, release the both layers, then click on the top layer(i.e, Layer1).
Step 17: Select the “Magic Wand Tool” from the tool bar with Tolerance : 7 and Anti-alias & Contiguous checked as below and click on the black frame
Step 18: It will form a selection on the black frame.
Step 19: Now delete the selected black frame layer(i.e, Layer1)
And click the “Yes” button.
Step 20: Since we have deleted the layer1 the black frame will be empty as shown here. However the selection will be active.
Step 21: Go to the background image layer at the bottom and press Ctrl + J. This action will cut the selected part from the background image and place it on a new layer automatically.
Step 22: Drag the newly created layer to its original place above the white frame layer with dropdown shadow.
Step 23: Hence the image with polaroid photo will be as below
Step 24: Duplicate both the white frame layer and black frame layer.
Step 25: Move it to the other part of the image and rotate both the layers togather according to your wish by selecting Ctrl+ T
Step 26: Now select the duplicated layer by holding down “ctrl” and clicking on the Image thumbnail/ Layer thumbnail on the layer.
So the selection will be active in the image of the duplicated layer.
Step 27: Let’s click on the Ctrl + image thumbnail and delete it. Then press Ctrl + J on the background image. Hence the cut-out image from the background image will be placed on the new layer.
Step 28: Next move the new layer to its original place above the white frame with dropdown style.
Step 29: You can add, move and rotate more polaroids frames in different positions and play around with it.
Step 30: Repeat this process until you are happy and have a great polaroid photo collage similar to the below picture.
Step 31: The polaroid photo collage image without any background here.
Step 32: You can go ahead and place a wooden texture on the bottom layer for the better look.
Here is our final polaroid photo collage image.
Step 33: And here are the Before and After photo side by side for you to compare:
Step 34: Using this technique, I have created another polaroid photo collage with same background.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any suggestions or new ideas please comment below.
If you like buy a ready-made poloroid collage template, then you can purchase the below template.