Solution

Select the layer that contains your photo. Bring up the Layer Style dialog box by clicking on the Add a layer style button at the bottom-left of the Layers palette, and selecting Stroke from the menu that appears. Increase the Size of the stroke to 10px or thereabouts, depending on how thick you want your border to be. Select Inside from the Position drop-down menu, and set the stroke Color to white, as shown in the example overleaf.

The original photo
Applying a stroke

Next, select the Drop Shadow layer style from the right-hand side of the Layer Style dialog box. Keep the default settings of the shadow for now. Click OK to apply the layer styles, as shown below, and close the dialog box.

Applying the Drop Shadow style

Free-transform the photo layer using Ctrl-T (Command-T on a Mac). A bounding box will appear around the image, as shown at right. Use the bounding box to rotate, resize, and move the photo so that neither the edges of the image, nor the drop shadow, extend beyond the canvas area. Resize the image by clicking and dragging on the handles of the bounding box; rotate the image by clicking and dragging outside of the photoborder psd @ 100% (horde f^lfnlB

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Shrinking and rotating the image

Shrinking and rotating the image bounding box; and move the image by clicking and dragging inside the bounding box. Double-click inside the bounding box to apply the transformation.

Right, all we need to do now is adjust the drop shadow. Select the photo layer from the Layers palette. Bring up the Layer Style dialog box by clicking on the Add a layer style button at the bottom of the palette, and selecting Drop Shadow from the menu that appears. Alter the values to your liking. The most important thing to remember is that the value for Size should be several pixels greater than the value for Distance, otherwise the upper edges of the photo won't be visible against a white background. I used the following settings, as shown below:

Adjusting the drop shadow

The figure below shows the final result.

The completed Polaroid effect
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