How to Make a Polaroid Photo Frame in PowerPoint

Polaroid cameras might have been phased out in favor of a more practical digital camera that we carry every day. However, it’s not easy to forget the aesthetic of a printed polaroid photo.

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Instead of covering the whole paper with an image, it leaves a noticeable gap that creates an iconic frame, also known as a polaroid frame. Now, you can recreate this style with PowerPoint.

Yup, you heard it right. We don’t need Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, a basic office program like PowerPoint can do the job just fine. Here’s how to make a polaroid photo frame in PowerPoint.

1. Open a PowerPoint document.

2. Navigate to Insert > Shapes > Rectangle.

3. Draw a rectangle shape.

4. Then go to Shape Format > Shape Fill and select white or light grey, whichever you like.

5. For the Shape Outline color, black or dark grey is preferable. Also, feel free to adjust its Weight

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6. Now, go to Insert > Shapes > Rectangle again.

7. Draw a perfect square by holding the Shift key inside of the previous rectangle.

8. Assign black or dark grey for its Shape Outline color.

9. We are going to insert a photo inside the square. To do that, click Shape Format > Shape Fill > Picture.

10. Select the source of the photo. Ideally, the photo should’ve been cropped to a square to avoid unnecessary stretching.

11. You have created a polaroid frame. You might want to group the shapes together for easier resizing and moving.

12. Experiment with color, size, shadow, position, and quantity to achieve the best result.

A polaroid frame is arguably one simple application of the Shape tool in PowerPoint. The tool can do much more than that. For example, you can even create a shining light bulb in five minutes. Go, and check it out to learn more.

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