Tutorial

Preparing polaroids for scanning

Recently, I have been asked quite a bit about how I create my background for my polaroids on Instagram. Today, I thought this would be a great follow up to an older post of mine on scanning polaroids.

Materials needed:
- Background material*
- Painter's/artist's tape
- Your polaroids

*Note: The background should be smaller than the scannable area of your flatbed scanner as this will help create the best results. Also, the background used should be a smooth matte finish as to not damage the glass of the scanner.


The blue frame that you see on my background (see photo) is my template frame to help align my polaroid correctly. 

  • Dry cloth or paper towel wipe off the background surface.
  • Roll a piece of tape sticky side up (creating double sided tape).
  • Apply the tape to the back of the polaroid.
  • Apply the polaroid face up onto the background.
  • *If you also created a template align the polaroid the best you can.
  • Done!

For how I scan them, please refer back to the link provided below:
https://aperture7photo.com/life/polaroid-scanning-and-editing-process

Polaroid scanning and editing process

Hello blog-a-sphere,
Today, I will be showing everyone how I scan and edit my polaroid images.  I scan with a simple flatbed scanner (Epson XP-600) using epson's scanning software.  Initial scanning adjustment should focus mainly on the image area.

1) Overview

1) Overview

2) Select image frame

2) Select image frame

3) Adjust histogram to balance the levels on the blacks and whites

3) Adjust histogram to balance the levels on the blacks and whites

4) Scan DPI and image color bit

4) Scan DPI and image color bit

I use Adobe 1998 color profile to smoothly transition from scanning to photoshop.  We move to photoshop to brighten up the border.

1) Overview

1) Overview

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2) Use the Rectangular Marque Tool to select out the image area

2) Use the Rectangular Marque Tool to select out the image area

3) Add adjustment levels

3) Add adjustment levels

4) Invert selection (Mac: Command+Shift+i)

4) Invert selection (Mac: Command+Shift+i)

5) I move the white slider pass the slope to brighten the frame

5) I move the white slider pass the slope to brighten the frame

Save the file to your preferences.  I save to web as a JPEG.

Leave a comment if anyone has any questions or needs more in-depth help.