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How to Make a Collage of Polaroids in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to make a collage of polaroids in Photoshop from just a single photo.

collage of polaroids

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop.

 collage of polaroids original

Press Ctrl+J (Windows) / Command+J (Macs) to duplicate the image.

 collage of polaroids duplicate

Ctrl-click (Windows) / command-click (Macs) on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette to add a new layer between Layer 1 and background layer.

 collage of polaroids new layer icon

 collage of polaroids layer 2

Press D to set black as the foreground color and fill the new layer with black by pressing Alt+Backspace (Windows) / Option+Delete (Macs).

 collage of polaroids black

Step 2

With Layer 2 selected, press the New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette to create a new layer.

 collage of polaroids layer 3

Make sure that the new layer is active. Now, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a selection inside your picture. This will be your first polaroid. It doesn’t matter what you select since you will be able to move it afterwards.

 collage of polaroids rectangular marquee tool

Press Alt+Backspace (Windows) / Option+Delete (Macs) to fill the selection with black.

 collage of polaroids selection black

We will now create a clipping mask. Select Layer 1 and go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

 collage of polaroids clipping mask

 collage of polaroids clipping mask result

Step 3

Select Layer 2 and click on the New Layer icon to create a new layer.

 collage of polaroids layer 4

Make sure that the new layer is selected. Now, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a selection around your first selection. This will be the border of your polaroid so make sure that you leave more space at the bottom as shown below.

 collage of polaroids polaroid selection

Now, press Ctrl+Backspace (Windows) / Command+Delete (Macs) to fill the selection with white. After that, press Ctrl+D (Windows) / Command+D (Macs) to deselect your selection.

 collage of polaroids white

Step 4

Let’s add a subtle drop shadow to our polaroid now. Select Layer 4 and click on the Layer Styles icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

 collage of polaroids layer styles

Choose Drop Shadow from the list and make the following changes.

 collage of polaroids drop shadow

Step 5

We will also rotate the polaroid to make it more interesting. With Layer 4 still selected, shift-click on Layer 3 to select it too.

 collage of polaroids two layers selected

Press Ctrl+T (Windows) / Command+T (Macs) to enter Free Transform. You can now rotate or move the photo as you wish. When you’re done, press Enter (Windows) / Return (Macs).

 collage of polaroids transform

Step 6

Now that we have created our first polaroid, we can use it to create as many as we want. Firstly, select Layers 1, 3 and 4 by shift-clicking on them.

 collage of polaroids select three layers

We will group these layers together by pressing Ctrl+G (Windows) / Command+G (Macs).

 collage of polaroids group

Let’s duplicate the group now by dragging it onto the New Layer icon.

 collage of polaroids duplicate group

 collage of polaroids duplicate group result

Like our first polaroid, we will again rotate and move our second polaroid. First, select both Layers 3 and 4 in the duplicate group.

 collage of polaroids select two layers

Now, press Press Ctrl+T (Windows) / Command+T (Macs) to rotate or move the polaroid as you wish. When you’re done, press Enter (Windows) / Return (Macs).

 collage of polaroids transform second polaroid

Repeat this step as many times as needed to create your collage. This is how my collage looked after creating 16 polaroids.

 collage of polaroids

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