Making Polaroids

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With the Friend Reception assignment of printing some of Heather and Robby’s photos to use for decorations, I thought I’d take it up a notch.  Being that Heather carries her Instax camera with her everywhere she goes, and remembering I’d seen a tutorial on creating a Polaroid in Photoshop, I took a stab turning their photos into Polaroids.  And it paid off in a big way.

Amanda’s tutorial is the best; easy to follow, easy to understand and really did produce the most adorable Polaroid-like prints.  (If you’re not familiar with Amanda’s work, she’s a Birmingham photographer.  She has beautiful wedding and family work, but her labor and delivery slideshows are my favorite.  I always need a tissue.)  So I followed Amanda’s instructions step by step, ordered my prints and then waited for them to arrive.  They looked great.  I haven’t had the chance to print many of my clients’ images, but now I want to.  Seeing them on screen is one thing – the prints are just something else altogether.  But armed with the 4×6 pictures and their Polaroid outlines, I got to work.

And yes.  I took pictures of my pictures. :)

I mean, come on. How great did that black and white print? And how cute are Heather and Robby?

Precision cropping is key.  I dusted off my mini-paper cutter to make it easier.  And I meticulously trimmed each line.

Like I said, they turned out great.  So great.  At Heather and Robby’s celebration, the pictures were pinned along jute with clothes pins.  It was a simple touch, but it really did help tie in our theme.  And hearing Heather’s sounds of approval made it worth all the blade work.

So thank you, Amanda.  Ava’s birthday photos were adorable – Ava is adorable! – but I definitely appreciate you taking the time to share the tutorial.  Everyone enjoyed looking at them throughout the house and I hope Heather is enjoying them at her own now. ;)

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August 7, 2012 - 8:26 am

Heather - I LOVED the polaroids!! BEST. IDEA. EVER!!! Thank you so much for all of the work that you put into them. I’m trying to find a place and a way to display them now. ;)

August 7, 2012 - 8:44 am

katie - I just laughed because I went all ghetto with my polaroids and just used scissors. Meanwhile, you have a full on paper cutter to do the work. Maybe I should invest. And Amanda’s tutorial was perfect. So glad she went out of her way to show us all how to do it. Now I need another excuse to make more. Love that Heather has plans on displaying her photos. They are adorable.

August 7, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Amanda - How fun! I love how yours turned out. Seeing prints is always great, but there is something about the square format and white frame that makes Polaroids that much more special.

August 23, 2012 - 8:07 am

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September 20, 2012 - 7:57 am

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