Polaroid Memories

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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn to use transformation tool.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

You will also need an image that you wish to frame, and these supplies.

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

1.  Open the image that you wish to use.

2.  In top menu, click Image > Duplicate.  Never work off the original image. 

3.  In top menu, click Layer > New > Layer from Background.  Always make backgrounds into a layer so that you can apply effects to them.

4.  Open the Polaroid Picture.psd image.

5.  On the Polaroid image, in top menu, click Image > Select > All.

6.  In top menu, click Edit > Copy.

7.  Click on the title bar of the background layer.  In top menu, click Image > Paste.  This pastes the polaroid frame as a new layer on top of the background layer.

8.  In your layer palette, click on the background layer (bottom)  to highlight it. 

9.  In top menu, click Edit > Free Transform.  This will place deformation handles (little boxes) around the background layer.

10.  In the tool options menu at the top, click on the lock icon.  It looks like a lock on chain.  I have circled it below.  This locks the aspect ratio.  So that when you dragon the image in and out, it maintains the proper ratio and will not distort the picture.

11.  With the left mouse button, click on one of the corner handles (little squares), hold the button down and drag in the picture to fit inside the frame.  It is important that you use one of the corner handles to maintain the aspect ratio.  Now the picture will not complete fit this way.  But after you have dragged the corner in as much as possible, then drag in one of the side handles or top or bottom handles.  Adjust the picture until none of the picture extends beyond the polaroid frame.  When satisfied, click on the check mark at the top to apply the transformation.

12.  In top menu, click Layer > Merge Visible.

13.  Save this as a compuserve/GIF.  (If you want to use this as an email tag, you will want to resize this to between 200 - 300 pixels longest dimension before you save).


Now you can use the result of this tutorial to complete the Camera Tag Tutorial.  In that tutorial you will need 3 of these polaroid memory images.  You can use the same one 3 times, or make you two more before you start the  Camera Tag Tutorial



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