Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create the look of a Polaroid photo montage. This is an update
of a tutorial I did on an earlier version of Photoshop. Open a photo you’d like to use
for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com. We’ll convert it into a
Smart Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right corner of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Make a copy of it by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + J. Name the copy: “Blur”. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. I’ll make
the Radius: 8 pixels, however, depending on the size and resolution of your document,
you may want to use a different radius amount. Blur it, so your image looks similar to this.
Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. In this layer, we’ll place the inside shape
of the Polaroid. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and press and hold Shift as you drag
out a square selection. Holding Shift kept it square. We’ll fill the selection with white.
But first, if your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Since white is the background color, press Ctrl or Cmd +
Delete to fill your selection with white. Let’s name the layer, “Inside”. Click
the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Name it: “Frame”. Go to Select and “Transform Selection”.
Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option
+ Shift as you drag it out approximately this much. Go to the bottom, middle anchor point
and when you see a vertical, double-arrow, drag it down approximately this much. To accept
it, press Enter or Return. Fill this selection with white, as well. Then, deselect it by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Press Ctrl or Cmd +J to make a copy of the layer and name it, “Drop Shadow”. Double-click
the thumbnail to open its Layer Style window. Click “Drop Shadow”. The Blend Mode is Multiply
and the Color is black. Make the Opacity: 25%. Uncheck “Global Light” and make the Angle:
125 degrees. I’ll make the Distance: 8 pixels and the Size: 7 pixels, however, you may want
to type in different amounts for the distance and size, depending on the size and resolution
of your document. Then, click OK. Reduce the Fill to Zero. This makes the white Fill completely transparent, while retaining the full visibility of the Drop shadow. Hide the “Inside” layer
and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on its thumbnail to make a selection of the “inside” shape.
Make the “Frame” layer active and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the
selection next to the Frame. We need to invert the layer mask, so the frame is white and
the inside of the frame is transparent. To do this, press Ctrl or Cmd + I. To save space in the Layers panel, let’s group the layers that comprise the Polaroid into a folder. To do this, make the Inside layer active and Shift-click on the Drop Shadow layer to make
all the Polaroid layers active. Then, press Ctrl or Cmd + G. To angle it, click your Move
Tool and open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you
see a curved, double-arrow, rotate the Transform to an angle you like. To reposition it, go
inside the Transform and drag it. Then, press Enter or Return. To make another Polaroid,
make a copy of the folder and use your Transform Tool again. Feel free to overlap it with the
other Polaroid. When you’re happy with its angle and position, press Enter or Return.
We’ll hide the other image inside the overlap later. Let’s make one more Polaroid. Drag it over your subject and open your Transform Tool to angle it. Next, we’ll make the inside
of the Polaroids focused. Open the top folder and Ctrl-click or Cmd -click on the thumbnail
of the Inside layer to make a selection of its shape. Close the folder and open the folder
under it. Press Ctrl + Shift as you click on this Inside layer to add its selection
to the other one. Close the folder and open the folder below it. Repeat the same steps
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift as you click on this Inside layer to add its selection
to the other two. You should now see the selections of all 3 inside shapes of the Polaroids. Let’s
review what we have at this point. The bottom layer is our original, focused photo, the
layer above it is the blurred photo and the top, 3 folders contain the 3 Polaroids. Click
the Layer Mask to make it active and press Alt or Option + Delete. This fills the selections
with the foreground color which is black. Then, deselect it. Lastly, decide which Polaroid
you want to appear on top of the others. For this example, I’ll make this Polaroid on top.
I know the middle folder is the bottom Polaroid because if I hide the folder, the bottom Polaroid
disappears. I’ll make the folder visible again and hide the other 2 folders. Make a composite
snapshot of your image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift
+ Option + E on a Mac. Drag the composite snapshot to the top of the Layer panel and
open the folder that’s visible. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on its top layer to make a selection of its shape. Then, click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next
to the composite snapshot. Make the top folder visible again, close the folder under it and
make the bottom folder visible. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!