We all know that the design wheel is always being recreated and inspiration for recreation has to come from somewhere. Normally, we are inspired from fashion, movies, and pop culture. Fashion, movies, pop culture are also equally as inspired by other fields of our culture. It is one big cycle of creativity and shared ideas. This has got me thinking… I spy with my little eye a resurgence of the 1980’s in today’s culture with fashion choices, music, and reruns of John Hughes movies. The 1980’s was also the decade when instant cameras become affordable and thus popular. With this resurgence of a vintage look, check out how you can make your own polaroids (for little to no money).
The first step in creating my own polaroids was creating a 11” x 8.5” document. By working in a computer paper sized artboard, you will be able to print you artwork at home on photo paper through your personal computer. I chose to use InDesign because I like the Paste Into feature, but you can use Photoshop or Illustrator as well.
Six (3.5”x4.25”) unique polaroids can fit on a page. Once I had each polaroid set up, I placed the photos into the document. In InDesign, use the keyboard shortcut ⌘D to place the photos into the document or right into the black rectangle.
Then, resize the way you want it… If you are working in Photoshop or Illustrator, you will need to create clipping masks in order to create these polaroids.
Congrats, you’ve made your first polaroid! For my final product, I wanted white colored polaroids. To do this, I changed the grey rectangle to have no fill, but have a black stroke. The stroke is meant to help later on when you cut each polaroid to size.
Since you made a computer paper-sized document, you can print right from your personal home printer. If you want something a little more professional and do not mind spending some money, go to your local photo copy store. I did not want the glossy finish that I would get from printing at home on photo paper, so I used 120lb non-gloss paper for printing. This is up to your preference what you want to print on!
After printing, all you need are a pair of scissors and a paper cutter if you have one. Now you are ready to decorate. As the world renowned critic, Outkast, would say: shake it like a polaroid picture friends! Have fun designing!