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Creating a Polaroid

#1 User is offline   HomerG 

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 06:37 AM

This is how I create a Polaroid photo. A Polaroid picture is about 82% the width of it's length. The top and side borders are about 7% the size of the actual photo and the bottom border is approximately 4 times larger than the the top and side borders. This is only important if you wish to make a proportionally exact Polaroid. Just remember that the bottom is 4 times larger than the sides. So if your sides and top are 20 pixels make the bottom border 80 pixels.

Open your photo and increase the canvas size by 100 pixels, centering the image.
> Image > Canvas Size
Center the image
Now layer the image to the the image size
> Layer > Layer to Image Size
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Right click on the Background image in the Layers window and choose “Alpha to Selection"

Choose the “Scale the Layer or Selection" tool Posted Image

Choose the Transform Selection option Posted Image

Click on the Image and make the selection so that it's width is about 82% it's height.
Then invert the selection and clear the unwanted portions of the photo
> Select > Invert
> Edit > Clear
Now invert the selection again
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Create a new layer Posted Image in the layers window, choosing “Transparency"
Right Click in image > Select > Grow and grow by 25 pixels.
Then fill the image with white and duplicate using the Duplicate layer button.Posted Image
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Now shrink the selection by 25 pixels or whatever looks like a good border size to you.
> Select > Shrink
Choose the move tool Posted Image and then the Move Affect “Transform Selection"Posted Image within the options for the Move tool.

Make sure the “New Layer copy is selected in the Layers window.
Click on the image and move it up about 75 pixels or 3 times the number of pixels you shrank the selection by.
If you look at the bottom of the image window it will tell you how many pixels in each direction you are moving.
It should look like “Move: 0, -75"
Now clear the image, > Edit > Clear
Select the “New Layer" in the Layers window right click on it and choose “Alpha to Selection"
Shrink the selection by 25 pixels or whatever looks like a good border size to you.
Clear the image, > Edit > Clear.
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Right click on the “New Layer Copy" and choose Merge Down.
Right click on “New Layer" and choose “Alpha to Selection".
Invert the selection, > Select > Invert
Use the Bucket Fill tool and fill the selected areas with black.
Right Click on the “New Layer" and choose “Add Layer Mask", choose White (full opacity)
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With the New Layer selected copy the image, > Edit > Copy
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Select the New Layer mask and then paste the image, > Edit > Paste

Anchor Posted Image the Floating Selection
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Select the New Layer and then select the Fuzzy Select tool Posted Image
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Click out side of the white border in the image window.
Invert the selection, > Select > Invert
Now add bevel,
> Script-Fu > Decor > Add Bevel
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Select the New Layer Mask in the Layers window.
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Blur the selection
> Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
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Right click on “New Layer" and choose “Apply Layer Mask".
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Create a new layer Posted Image in the layers window, choosing “Transparency"

Move it Posted Image to the bottom of all the layers in the Layers window

Select the Bucket Fill tool and fill “New Layer #1 with a Wood Pattern. Posted Image

Right click on “New Layer" in the Layers window and choose “Merge Down"
Now add a shadow effect to the image.
> Script-Fu > Shadow > Drop-Shadow
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Now you should have something that looks like this:
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#2 User is offline   LoKi 

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:35 AM

I can't see any images - shame, because I'd like to do this

EDIT: Even though I can't see most of your images, the idea inspired me to this: (by totally different means)

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#3 User is offline   Nintendo Guy121 

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 06:26 PM

Dude...What OS are you running? It looks like a MAC,or Windows Vista O.o;; Also,I like the end result! ^-^

Regards.

-NintendoGuy121
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Posted 28 March 2006 - 03:14 AM

This inspired me to make a desktop background for my wife.

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 02:49 AM

Loki, can you explain how you made the texture on the border.
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 04:21 AM

Thought I would offer one. There are digital photo frames so I came up with the digital polaroid photo using this tutorial and GAP:

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Thanks for that tutorial HomerG. :h:

It was a lot of fun to follow and then add to from there.
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#7 User is offline   HomerG 

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 03:02 PM

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I can't see any images - shame, because I'd like to do this


Even though you could not see the images you did a great job. I hope you can see the images now I changed the location.
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#8 User is offline   HomerG 

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 03:02 PM

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Dude...What OS are you running? It looks like a MAC,or Windows Vista O.o;; Also,I like the end result! ^-^

Regards.

-NintendoGuy121


I'm running Linux.
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#9 User is offline   Gimp_Girl 

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 03:29 AM

Awesome! I've been looking for a tut like this! Thanks!
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#10 User is offline   sierra 

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 04:41 PM

:w:

With another method, I make the similar effect...
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