Polaroid Frame Tutorial


I’ve had a few people ask about how I created my Polaroid images for the Diligent Traveler blog post so I thought I would make a simple tutorial. First things first, I went online and searched for a Polaroid photograph. I found a great one and saved it to my desktop. I then opened up the Polaroid image in Photoshop. Once in Photoshop I selected the black middle of the Polaroid image with the magic wand. I then deleted the selected black middle so that I can put an image in the layer below it and have it show through.

I consider this Polaroid image my frame. This frame would serve as a way to make my images look more cohesive and give it a fun effect. After the Polaroid frame was ready I opened up the image I was inserting behind it. The one I opened up is of the yummy donuts. I then selected the entire image and pasted the yummy donuts image into its own layer with the Polaroid frame image. I then moved the yummy donuts layer under the Polaroid frame. I resized the yummy donuts image and positioned it just so in order for it to show through properly.


Once the donuts were in it’s proper place, I then put a text layer on top and positioned the text in the middle of the image. I used the green guidelines and the ruler to better position the text layer. I then used the font called Noteworthy and I wrote, “More yummy donuts” which is what the blog post called for.

This writing harkens back the days of when I used to get Polaroid photos from my friend in America. As a Filipino you do not see many Polaroids and so when I received Polaroid images from my American friend I thought they were very interesting and special. Usually the Polaroids had writing under the photos that described the picture. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and can apply it to your images. They especially look cool on blog posts.

Here are all of the Polaroid framed photos from the Diligent Traveler post: Abreeza and Tune Hotel Adventure


Check out my video about the Polaroid frame tutorial:



I love this blog post about the font Kinescope: http://ilovetypography.com/2007/10/13/if-fonts-were-chocolate/

Kinescope is a wonderful font. I would have never learned about it were it not for iLoveTypography. I would definitely use this font for something fun and free type of design project. It would be a great font to use for a restaurant or a gift shop.


I also like how you can read it even in small size and I definitely love how you can set it in contextual alternates mode so, for example, the letter e is not extending in the end like the in “love” versus the e in “lovely.”


Check out my video about Kinescope:

Three Interesting Articles from iLoveTypography.com

I learned about iLoveTypography.com as few years ago. It is an awesome site. I recently went to the site and found three interesting articles I would like to talk about:
The first one I read about recently on this site is called “The First Roman Fonts” and it is about the history of Roman fonts and printers from way back when. I loved the article. It made me realize that the Jenson font is such an old font and one of the first Roman fonts yet it is still famous today. I learned about the Jenson font in school and many people still use it to this day. I also saw a font by Gunther Zainer with the weird letter H and so I wanted to learn more about this font. It had a weird pearl ornament on the H and I found an article on iLoveTypography.
The article I found is called “Unusual Fifteenth Century Fonts Part 2” and it talked about Gunther Zainer’s unusual font and that Gunther Zainer might have been inspired by past artworks in making this font. He did not just come up with the pearl ornament in his fonts out of thin air. The article talked about past artworks that contained what is called the “pearl decoration” of the letter H of Gunther Zainer’s font, which was seen in a 12th-century manuscript. There were also Greek and Cyrillic manuscripts that had the pearl decorations. Recently, the font Nylon was created by Jonathan Barnbrook and that font is interesting and I would like to use it someday.
The third article I read is called “Pure Gold.” It was an interesting article about printing in gold, which is not prevalent so I was intrigued. They used to print with gold using gold leaf and a powder adhesive. This type of printing had a beautiful effect books and illuminated the pages as you read it. The other way, of course, is to print using gold ink, which was made by combining flaked gold with gum Arabic. This was a very interesting article and someday I would like to print in gold.
iLoveTypography is a great site. I highly suggest reading some articles. You will find historical facts about typography, the newest fonts, printing techniques and much more.