How to Make a Polaroid-like Frame for a Photo

Do you remember the famous Polaroid instant cameras, which technology allows you to take pictures instantly?

Polaroid-like frame for a photo

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a Polaroid-like frame around your photos. And you’ll be amazed how fast and easy it is with our software.

So we have a CR2 file (a digital RAW photography) that needs to be saved in a TIFF format. We need to make a photo-frame around our picture to look like as “it took from Polaroid”. To do this, we’ll use the free RAW to TIFF converter.

Kitty in the grass

1. Run the program, add a photography (menu: “File”“Add Input File…” or you can just drag&drop the graphic file directly to the program window)

Add a photography

2. Go to the program settings (menu: “Converter”“Preferences…”)

Go to the preferences

3. Select the “Frame” tool (“Frame”“Solid Color”)

Go to the frame tool settings

4. Set the following margins for the frame sides (“Left: 28 px”, “Right: 28 px”, “Top: 28 px”, “Bottom: 98 px”)

Set the Polaroid-like frame margins

5. Set white color (#FFFFFF) for each side of the frame (“Left Color”, “Right Color”, “Top Color”, “Bottom Color”)

Set the frame colors

6. Click “OK” to close the program settings

Close the frame settings

7. Click “Convert” to start the process

Convert photo and add frames to it

That’s it! Our CR2 image was converted to TIFF format and a stylish “Polaroid-like” frame was added to it.

Kitty in the grass with frame

Right proportions are important for good result. We have a picture with 400×488 px dimension. The aspect ratio is 0.82 (1.22). Height of 400 px * 1.22 to get 488 px width. Or width of 488 px * 0.82 to get 400 px height. Borders are calculated by the following formula: 400 px / 14 = 28 px (thin edges) and 28 px * 3.5 = 98 px (bottom edge).

If you prefer to work via cmd.exe, the command-line parameters to add frames to a photo would be like this:

raw2tiff.exe --input=c:\images\kitty.cr2 --fr-solid-left=28 --fr-solid-right=28 --fr-solid-top=28 --fr-solid-bottom=98 --fr-solid-left-color=ffffff --fr-solid-right-color=ffffff --fr-solid-top-color=ffffff --fr-solid-bottom-color=ffffff

If you have a picture in a different graphics format, you can search for a suitable program from dozens of file converters here. And the task of quickly adding frames to multiple files at the same time can be solved with our advanced image applications PRO/IMAGE.

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