Why Hello There!
Long time, no blog ;)
Yes, I have been
especially slack and haven't posted for almost a whole year (gasp!).
Alot has happened in that year, but that very long story I'll save for
another day. (You may breathe a sigh of relief ;)
have finally had a chance to play around with my beloved Epson
PictureMate and let me tell you - the more I play, the more I love it!
How did I ever survive without this cute little gem? If you are the
sort to be organized and on the ball every week (I'm looking at you,
Sharlene ;) then maybe you don't need this, but me - I get distracted
easily, I resent the time I have to sit at those little photo computer
things at Kmart or wherever or even the time going through uploading
them to do an online order of prints, I have tried a few stores and I
must say, I'm almost always disappointed in either the quality or the
size. (they often seem to crop bits off when I have created a file
that is 6x4" for printing, could just be me.
When I want a photo
printed, I can just turn that sucker on and print, instant gratification
right there ladies ;) Anyhoo, love the PM.
I also love everything Retro, and this of course includes Polaroids.
Some of the PLAUST ladies out there have shown me how easy it is to use
the Collect App to create a polaroid style pic per day and that seems to
work for them. My trouble? I have an Android phone and that App isn't
available for Android. Bummer. So I decided that there has to be a
way to not only print my Instagram pics easily, but also to turn them
into polaroid style prints. I played around and this is what I came up
Please note that I fumbled around until I came
up with this - if you know of an easier way, please don't hesitate to
let me know, but I figured there had to be at least a couple of ladies
(or gents ;) out there that are just as technologically clueless as me
;) Also, I know that you can achieve similar results using Photoshop,
but I'm impatient, so I wanted a way to do this just using the
PictureMate software - just choosing photos, adjusting a few things and
first things first - open up the Epson Easy Photo Print software and
select which photos you want to use. I'm making mine 3x4" size so I'm
choosing 2 at a time, but this technique can easily be adapted for
single 4x6" prints. Once you've chosen your two (or more) press 'Next
you want to choose the settings of your paper etc. I have tried with
borders and with out and I think it's a bit easier on the borderless
setting. Because I was doing the two 3x4" prints on the one sheet I
chose 2-up. Once you choose 2-up it will automatically choose the first 2
in line and put them side by side.
we need to shrink down our pics so that all of the image is showing,
plus allowing a border around the top and sides. Using the
'Magnification' slider I found that reducing them each down to approx.
69-71% looks good - but feel free to play around until you are happy
with the look. You will need to click on each image and do this
Lastly you will need to reposition both pics
slightly so that they have that classic polaroid look - equal-ish
border around each side and top and extra down the bottom. You can do
this with the Positioning arrows as shown or by clicking on each and
Now all you have to do is select print, cut them in half and you are done!!
So, hopefully that wasn't
too painful for you. I'm a very visual person so I love a good diagram
or photo example so I hope this helps. I'm still playing so if you have
any hints or tips I'd be glad to hear them!
Thanks for checking in!