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How to Create an InDesign Polaroid Frame Template

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What You'll Be Creating

Ever wanted to know how to make an InDesign Polaroid frame template? In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a Polaroid film template. We will go over creating the frame, applying effects, and placing photos.

If you want to skip this tutorial and you've been looking for a Polaroid frame to use for your save-the-date card, this Polaroid frame save the date template is for you. Envato Elements has millions of high-quality assets created by designers across the globe.

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What You'll Learn in This Polaroid Film Template Tutorial

  • How to create a frame in InDesign
  • How to apply effects to a Polaroid frame
  • How to place photos in a Polaroid frame

What You Need to Create a Polaroid Frame

1. How to Create a Frame in InDesign

For this tutorial, we're going to focus on the Polaroid design template. Open InDesign and create a new document using the dimensions 7 in Width x 5 in Height. Create a square and a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M). For the rectangle, change the color to Black 10% Tint. Use these dimensions for the shapes:

  • Large rectangle: 2.9 in (W) x 3.6 (H)
  • Small square: 2.5 in (W) x 2.6 (H)
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2. How to Apply Effects to a Polaroid Frame

Step 1

Select the large rectangle and add a Drop Shadow by going to Object > Effects > Drop Shadow. Use these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Multiply | Black swatch
  • Opacity: 16%
  • Distance: 0.0091 in
  • Angle: 135°
  • X & Y Offset: 0.0064 in
  • Size 0.0492 in
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Step 2

Add an Inner Glow effect. Use these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Normal | Paper swatch
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Size: 0.0911 in
  • Noise: 0%
  • Choke: 31%
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Step 3

Add a Bevel and Emboss effect. Use these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Size: 0.0164 in
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Soften: 0.0456 in
  • Direction: Up
  • Depth: 100%
  • Angle: 132°
  • Altitude: 39
  • Highlight: Screen | Paper swatch | Opacity: 47%
  • Shadow: Multiply | Black swatch | Opacity: 39%
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Step 4

Add an Outer Glow to the black square. Use these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Normal | Paper swatch | Opacity 75%
  • Technique: Softer
  • Noise: 0%
  • Size: 0.0911 in
  • Spread: 25%
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3. How to Place Photos in a Polaroid Frame

Step 1

Open the proposed couple photo in Adobe Photoshop. Change the image to CMYK by going to Image > Mode > CMYK Color. Make sure the image has a Resolution of 300 by going to Image > Image Size. Change the Resolution to 300 and make sure Resample is unchecked. Save this file as a TIFF. Apply these same settings to the other photo. Go back to InDesign and select the black square. File > Place the TIFF into the black square. Resize the image to 60%.

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Step 2

Install the PAT file from the Black12 pattern folder in Adobe Photoshop. To install the pattern, go to Window > Patterns to open the Pattern panel. Select the hamburger menu, click Import Patterns, and select the PAT file.

Create a new document in Photoshop. Go to File > New and create a 6 x 6 in, 300 Resolution, CMYK document. Drag and drop the pattern onto the document. Double-Click the pattern thumbnail in the Layers panel and change the Scale to 23%. Save this file as a transparent TIFF. Go back to InDesign and File > Place the pattern TIFF file. Change this layer's Opacity to 6%.

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Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture! You're Done!

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5 Beautiful Polaroid Design Templates From Envato Elements

Make your design pop with these Polaroid design templates! These templates will give you realistic results without the need for an expensive camera or Polaroid film. It's never been easier to mockup your Polaroid pictures!

1. Polaroid Mockup (PSD)

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Present your beautifully designed images in a retro fashion with this template. With a few clicks and some imagination, you'll have a new way to share your memories in an artistic style.

2. Polaroid Photos Collage Mockup (PSD)

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Add vintage flair to your images with these high-quality, Polaroid-style mockups. With three mockups to choose from, you can give your business cards, posters, or images a professional touch.

3. Instant Photo Mockups (PSD)

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This Polaroid film template is the perfect way to spruce up your Instagram posts. Simply add photos, text, and even a logo, and you'll have an instant social-media-worthy post.

4. Polaroid Photo Mockup (PSD)

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Say hello to your new favorite filter. It's a must-have for any image you want to give that vintage feel. With a Polaroid film template, it's easy to turn your photos into memorable and timeless pieces of art.

5. Film Frame Mockup (PSD)

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The Polaroid film frame mockup is perfect for anyone who loves old-school photography. Now you can make your designs pop with this Photoshop template!

Discover Even More With These Polaroid Resources!

Capturing memories is a beautiful thing. Learn how to create even more Polaroid templates in Photoshop and Illustrator.

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