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Polaroid Prints Tutorial

Welcome back to my next Picasa collage tutorial!

It’s been a while since I last posted a simple tips using Picasa. Oh well, maybe over a week but it seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? *laugh*

Thank you all for your kind words on my last live on-screen video tut (You don’t have to be too nice to me you know. Hahaha………..) but I reckon it is best I revert to my regular tut with step-by-step instructions accompanied by images. Maybe when I practice and get better at recording live on-screen videos, I’ll post them in time to come, alrighty? 😉

So, remember in my previous post on the “faux” polaroid prints using Instagram photos that I created for my Project Life Week 7 insert? Well, I used Photoshop to create them but it takes a little more effort & time to make them. And not eveyone uses Photoshop, right? Instead, I’m going to show you the easy way of printing “faux” polaroids in just a few steps in less than 5 mins using the free Picasa software! How cool is that? 😀 I just love instant “magic”. Less effort, less time spent and it’s FREE!! *laugh* (well, except the trimming part)

Are you ready?

Step 1 – Open up your Picasa. Then, select your Instagram folder as shown in the image below or the folder that you created for your Instagram photos.

Step 2 – Highlight 6 Instagram photos that you want to print. Your selected images should be highlighted in blue outline like shown in the image.

Then click on “Collage” button at the bottom menu bar as circled in red below.

Step 3 – Once you click “collage” and it will bring you to another window that will show all your images you want to create a collage.

On the left bar, click on the drop down arrow on “Setting” and select “Contact Sheet: Thumbnail with an information header”.

Step 4 – On the left side bar again, click on drop down arrow under “Page Format” and select “A4: Full Page” option.

Step 5– Next, under “Picture Borders” select the 3rd option as shown in image below (the borders with polaroid design)

Step 6 – Last step would be click “Create Collage” and you’re all done.

The collage will be saved in a folder named “Picasa” > “Collage” (sub folder).

Easy peasy right?

You need to remember that the more photos you select to fit onto a A4 size photo paper, your polaroid prints will get smaller and smaller.

So, if you only select 4 Instagram images to be printed on a A4 paper, each polaroid print size will measure bigger than the size of each polaroid print if you select 6 or more images on a single sheet of A4 photo paper. You get what I mean right? 🙂

Here’s a comparison of both images between 4 images in a A4 paper and 6 images in another A4 paper. This is for illustration purposes only to give you an idea but if you print and cut them out, you can see the difference in size.

You will also be able to create faux polaroid prints with your photos in regular size (non Instagram images).

In the below image, I’ve selected 6 photos of Ethan in 4×6 format size.

Repeat Step 1 to Step 6.

And here’s what you will get.

Your images will fit nicely into the polaroid “skin”.

Here’s another tip if you just want to create regular borders around your Instagram images.

Go through Step 1 to Step 4.

Next step would be to select the 2nd option with plain white border around your Instagram or any other regular photos under “Pictures Borders”.

And here’s what you will see once your collage has been created.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my short tutorial using Picasa to create faux polaroid prints and some other tips.

If you like to read my previous tutorials on printing of Instagram photos and creating Instagram photo collage, please visit my posts HERE.

It’s Friday today and I’m going on a hot date with my handsome boy tonight! This will be our 4th Friday night out together and we’re so looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back soon to update my Project Life Week 8 work in progress! 😀

  • Jackie O.March 2, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    A big THANK YOU Leena! Going to try it now and will let you know how it went! Have a super evening with Ethan. xx

  • Ellie A.March 2, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    You Rock darling! Thanks so much for sharing I will already starting creating my Instagram pics like this for my upcoming week. Happy Weekend darling!

  • Brenda WeaverMarch 2, 2012 - 9:03 pm

    awesome tutorial!! Thanks so much! I have been using Picasa for a long time and never knew I could do this! Thanks so much!!

  • Linda in AusMarch 2, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Oh Leena thank you, I always wondered if you could use a 4×6 photo. It’s a long weekend here so hopefully I will get a chance to practice.
    I hope you have caught up on your sleep, and was it your birthday during the week? Did you get to wear your dress.

  • maridetteMarch 3, 2012 - 4:22 am

    Hi! Thanks for the tutorial. I uploaded Picasa and kinda freaked out. I use iPhoto and saw that picasa was uploading all of my files. Are these private? These aren’t on the web right? Thanks!

  • FindingnanaMarch 3, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    Hi Maridette,
    Picasa is an organizer for your photos just like iPhoto so all the photos that are being loaded from your folders will only remain in your computer, they don’t go live on the web. Unless you wish to share them, there’s a button to uploaded them onto Picasaweb. So, don’t worry about it. 🙂

  • FindingnanaMarch 3, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Yes, I finally caught up with my much needed sleep the past week. Thanks so much. 🙂
    My birthday falls on the last week of March, so hopefully I get a chance to wear my dress. 😉

  • AgnieszkaMarch 26, 2012 - 3:39 am

    Thank you for the tutorial.

  • SydneyApril 10, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    Hi! I have downloaded Picasa but I do not have an instagram folder. How do I get one?

  • FindingnanaApril 11, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    Hi Sydney,
    You just need to create a new Instagram folder on your desktop or anywhere in your computer and park all your Instagram images in that folder. It will then appear in the Picasa.

  • MichelleJanuary 5, 2014 - 12:20 am

    Thank you so much… This is just what I needed! 🙂

  • Chari RossJune 18, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Awesome results!

    I also made a tutorial that will have them print ready in less than 5 minutes by utilizing Photoshop Action files! Check out: how to make an Instagram Polaroid

    Cheers and happy Photoshopping!!

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