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How To Frame a Photo Like a Polaroid


Polaroid Frame

Add a Polaroid Frame to a Photo

I recently posted a tutorial on how to turn a photo into a Polaroid using Photoshop Elements. Now I have created a ready-to-use Polaroid frame so anyone can quickly add a Polaroid frame to any photo without having to create the Polaroid frame from scratch. You should be able to use the Polaroid frame in any photo-editing software with layers capability and support for PSD or PNG file types — both formats are included in the zip file.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Download and extract Polaroid_Frame.zip.
  2. Open one of the two Polaroid frame files (PSD or PNG version) in your photo editing software.
  3. Open the photo you want to put into the Polaroid Frame.
  4. Select an area of the photo, slightly larger than the portion of the photo you want to show through the frame.
  5. Copy the selection, go to the Polaroid frame file and paste. The photo selection should go onto a new layer. Some photo editing software has a special "Paste as New Layer" command.
  6. Move the photo layer so it is below the "Polaroid Frame" layer in the layer stacking order.
  7. If necessary, move and resize the photo layer so it shows through the cutout in the Polaroid Frame, without sticking out around the edges.
  8. See the last 2 steps in the Polaroid Frame tutorial for some ideas on how to embellish the Polaroid photo.


  1. If you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, after step 6 above, you can use the "Layer > Group with Previous" command to ensure the photo remains inside the frame.
  2. The files in the zip are low-resolution files, suitable primarily for screen display. If you want a Polaroid frame that is suitable for printing, you should follow the tutorial to create one from scratch.

What You Need

  • Photo-editing software with layers capability and support for PSD or PNG files
  • Polaroid_Frame.zip (Download in step 1.)
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