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38 Special: photographic special effects > Getting the Polaroid™ Look

Getting the Polaroid™ Look

This is a quick technique that lets you turn any photo into what looks like a Polaroid™ snapshot. This is an ideal effect to apply when you really want that “scrapbook” feel, or you’re looking for that spontaneous “my-family-on-vacation” feel. Give this one a try—it’s much, much easier than it looks.

Step One

Open the photo you want to turn into a Polaroid. Press Control-A to put a selection around the entire image. Go under the Layer menu, under New, and choose Layer via Cut to remove the photo from the Background layer and put it on a separate layer (Layer 1) above the background. Now press D to set your colors to the default black and white.


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