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Polaroid Collage

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This is my very first tut. I am in a photography group and i needed to create something original. I tried to make it worth your time, and pretty easy to follow.

 

Here we go then!

Before you start, you will need the Shadow plugin.

 

Here is the finished product!

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Step 1: First I like to start with a gradient so that it's no so bland.

you can use what you like.

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Step 2: second I add a picture in a new layer and resize it to a size that i am happy with.

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Step 3: Once you have resized your image to your liking, add a new layer.

Move the new layer below the picture layer. In this new layer, draw a solid white rectangle behind the picture so that it looks like a Polaroid pic.

When its the way you like, merge the two layers together so that the border and the imported picture are one layer.

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Step 4: Now, in the picture layer ( layer 3, it should be now) zoom/rotate the picture until its where you want it.

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Step 5: Now duplicate the picture layer so that you have 2 of them. Now select the layer that is just above the background.

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Step 6: Now in this layer make a shadow using the Shadow plugin by ryanr23.

Adjust the shadow so that it is almost directly under the picture.

I set my values as: Transparency- 115, Angle of shadow (left to right)- 92, Angle of shadow depth- 82

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Step 7: Now merge the picture and the shadow layer together to make one.

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Step 8: Repeat steps 2 - 7 to create your Polaroid Collage.

 

I hope that this Tut was useful to you.

please show me what you can create and tell me what i could do to make a better collage.

Thank You for your time!

Enjoy!

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For a different type of effect using a similar technique you could also make a polaroid collage out of just one picture like this:

family.jpg

Same basic technique, different end effect. sorry about the quality of the picture but I shrunk it down from a larger version so it looks a bit jagged on the edges of the photos, but you get the idea.

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For a different type of effect using a similar technique you could also make a polaroid collage out of just one picture like this:

family.jpg

Same basic technique, different end effect. sorry about the quality of the picture but I shrunk it down from a larger version so it looks a bit jagged on the edges of the photos, but you get the idea.

How Exactly did you do that?

I'd like a tutorial for it

I've seen quite a few for Photoshop but none 4 PDN this is the colsest i've got

ty

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Help, what I'm I doing wrong?

Whenever I try add add a new layer from file it takes my original (background) layer and resizes it to the new layers size? So after I get everything size back right and try to add in my second photo, whammy it does it again. Now this time the first image has been scaled down to a thumbnail on this new canvas size.

This looks like an awesome tut, I'm hoping to use it to create a photo collage on a 4x6 to mail out for Christmas.

~ronio

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Hi there,

I'd like to introduce myself first, my name is Anna and I have been using Paint.net for about a month as I am training to be a web designer and feel as though this will help me a lot. I have been following the tutorials, a lot of them are really really helpful

I really like what you've done with your photos - transforming them into polaroid looking ones, I am getting stuck on actually getting the polaroid on my photo, you say behind but it just covers the whole image, and this is when I do it on layer 3. Some help please please please!!! :)

Thanks x x

Anna

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collage2.jpg

here's the collage I did... but when I added that last pic that has the blue boarder it made the whole thing BIGGER and I don't know how to get it back down to the size it was. When I started it was 12.33x12.33 pixels and then it went to 20.00 x 26.67 pixels, when I added that last picture. Any suggestions on how to fix it and make the original size I had.

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