Polaroids! We miss you!

Posted: April 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Photoshop Techniques, Polaroid, Techniques | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Polaroid unfortunately announced closing down its division of instant film production. For me and many other fans of this technology and instant pictures it was catastrophic news. Just like dogs left in the forest we walked lost in the digital era. But as I just found out there is a hope, light at the end of the tunnel. I just found out that there are people like me, who miss Polaroid film so much that they try to retouch their digital pictures so they look like Polaroids. I know there are some companies out there that try to make money on our sentiments, as expected, by producing plug-ins for Photoshop.

But I found one guy named  Maxmilian Jaenicke aka rawimage on Devianart, who developed instead of plug-ins for Photoshop set of actions that you can download for free.

It is very simple and effects are amazing.

First set of actions is:

Holgaroid Generator – mimics the look of Polaroid Type 87 Photos Taken with Holga

(you can download here)

How does it work?

It is not separate program that you have to install, or pay for license it is just set of actions, that change your digital picture into picture that looks like it was taken with Holga Camera with Polaroid Back using B&W film (type 87)

How to do this?

Download File and open on your computer, then open Photoshop, go to actions menu (Alt+F9).

In actions menu press ‘’Load Actions’’,

New window will open, then copy only action file that you downloaded into this new opened window

and highlight them and press ‘’Load’’.

Now as You can see in Actions window you can see file named HolgaRoid BW 1.1 by rawimage when you roll it down, you can see few new actions:

–         Type 87 (high format)

–         Type 87 (wide format)

–         Etc

Now open one of your Pictures from your computer. If it is in Portrait Mode choose actions with (high format) and press Play in actions menu (little triangle at the bottom) and enjoy 🙂

Try different action, like Light Leak – action that emulates light leaks so common in Holga cameras

Try different actions and explore changes.

And do not forget to remove unwanted chanels before saving as JPG file, leave only RGB, Red, Green and Blue as you do not need the rest.

Next Set of actions is

Holgaroid Gen – Color – mimics the look of Polaroid Type 88 &89 Photos Taken with Holga

(download here)

How does it work?

Again it is not separate program that you have to install, or pay for license it is just set of actions, that change your digital picture into photo that looks like it was taken with Holga Camera with Polaroid Back using Colour films (type 88 and type 89)

How to do this?

Download File and open on your computer. Copy OLDPAPERTEXTURE.JPG file somewhere to your hard drive, you will need this later.

Then open Photoshop, go to actions menu (Alt+F9).

In actions menu press ‘’Load Actions’’,

New window will open, then copy only action file that you downloaded into this new opened window

and highlight them and press ‘’Load’’.

Now as you can see in Actions window you can see file named ” HolgaRoid Color 1.0 by rawimage ” when You roll it down, you can see few new actions:

–         Type 88 (high format)

–         Type 88 (wide format)

–         Etc

You can even mimic the look of badly loaded film 🙂 or double exposure. 🙂

Now open one of your Pictures from your computer. If it is in Portrait Mode choose actions with (high format) and press Play in actions menu (little triangle at the bottom) and enjoy.

Try different action, like Light Leak – action that emulates light leak so common in Holga cameras.

This OLDPAPERTEXTURE.JPG  you will need for dirty frame action as this is texture for frame that looks more natural.

Try different actions and explore changes.

And do not forget to remove unwanted chanels before saving as JPG file, leave only RGB, Red, Green and Blue as you do not need the rest.

And Last but Not Least set is:

POLAROID GENERATOR- mimics Instant Photography Prints

(download here)

How does it work?

And again 🙂 it is not separate program that you have to install, or pay for license it is just set of actions, that change your digital picture into picture that looks like it was taken with Polaroid Camera  using Colour films (for example type 600)

How to do this?

Download File and open on your computer.

Then open Photoshop, go to actions menu (Alt+F9).

In actions menu press ‘’Load Actions’’,

New window will open, then copy only action file that you downloaded into this new opened window

and highlight them and press ‘’Load’’.

Now as you can see in Actions window you can see file named Polaroid_Generator_V1_by_awimage when You roll it down, you can see few new actions:

–         T600 (high format)

–         T600 (panel format)

–         Etc

Now open one of your Pictures from your computer. If it is in Portrait Mode choose actions with (high format) and with landscape format choose action with(wide format) and press Play in actions menu (little triangle at the bottom) and enjoy 🙂

And do not forget to remove unwanted channels before saving as JPG file, leave only RGB, Red, Green and Blue as you do not need the rest.

Please do not forget to credit Holgaroid Generator and other GENERATORS as show of respect for its developer. Only thank him now we all can enjoy for  free this great set of actions, even for commercial purpose.



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