In this tutorial we are going to show you how to create a photo collage polaroid effect to an image using Photoshop. That how to turn a single photograph into a collage of polaroids, with each polaroid containing a small section of the overall image.
It may look complicated at first but it is one of the easy photo effect that we can make in Photoshop. This tutorial will also help you to understand grouping layers. So lets start.
Tutorial Details:
Difficulty : Intermediate
Estimated Time : 30 Minutes
Software : Photoshop Cs5 +

Photo Collage Polaroid Effect To An Image Using Photoshop

Step 1:

Open your image using Photoshop.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 2:

Now we are going to create our first polaroid. So select “Rectangle Tool” from Tool Panel.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 3:

Set the Tool Mode option on the far left of the Options Bar to “Shape” and “Fill” to “Black” color and “Stroke” to “None” like below screenshot:

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 4:

Now Press and Hold the Shift Key on your keyboard, then click and drag out your shape. Holding Shift Key while dragging will helps you to draw a perfect square shape. But make sure you release your mouse button before releasing the Shift key otherwise it won’t work. Now you will get a black square shape on your image. Rename your shape layer as “Frame”.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 5:

Duplicate “Frame” layer by pressing “Ctrl+J ” and rename new layer as “Pic”

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 6:

Now select the “Frame” Layer and change its color to “White“.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 7:

Again select “Frame” Layer and press “Ctrl+T” to Free Transform your shape. Give some extra space for bottom-border, because polaroids have it. And you will get something similar to this.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 8:

So let’s give some shadow effect to our “Frame” Layer . So choose it again and press “Layer Style” button below the layer panel and choose “Drop Shadow” and set values like below screenshot.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 9:

Now double click on the “Pic” layer and you will get a new window called “Layer Style” (Or Right Click the “Pic” Layer and choose “Blending Options”). And set values like below screenshot.

Yes and you got your first polaroid with white frame.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 10:

Hold Shift Key and select “Pic” and “Frame” Layers and then press “Ctrl+G” to group them. Rename the group as “Polaroid”

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 11:

Now we are going to add more polaroids. Before that we have to hide our “Background” layer with a Solid color. So choose “Background” Layer and click “New Fill or Adjustment Layer” button on the bottom of the layer panel and choose “Solid Color” from the top of the list that appears.

Here am filling it with Black color you can choose any Solid Color.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopAnd your image will look like below one.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 12:

Let’s give some visual effect to polaroid. Select “Polaroid” Group and press “Ctrl+T” and rotate in some angle as you like.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 13:

Now we are going to create more polaroids. So Copy “Polaroid” Group by pressing “Ctrl+J” and move to some other location and rotate it like we did in Step 12.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 14:

Repeat the Step 13 to create more polaroids and arrange the groups my moving up and down.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopStep 15:

This step is optional, only do if you want to change the background color with something similar to image. Choose Filled layer and double click on solid color thumbnail and set desired color you want.

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using PhotoshopFinal Image

Create A Photo Collage Effect To An Image Using Photoshop

That’s it! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any doubts feel free to comment

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