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Recreate your Polaroids for free

Though we have oft lamented the passing of Polaroid into photographic history, a new application called Poladroid allows you to recreate that nostalgic look and feel of the instant film for free.

Though we have oft lamented the passing of Polaroid into photographic history, a new application called Poladroid allows you to recreate that nostalgic look and feel of the instant film for free.

Poladroids(Credit: CNET Australia)

Once installed, Poladroid places a hovering Polaroid camera over your desktop onto which you can drag and drop any digital photo to convert it into a "poladroid". As the photo emerges from the camera, it continues to develop in front of your eyes, just as Polaroid film does — and if you want to speed up the process even further, you can shake the picture from right to left using your mouse.

The program applies a range of effects such as vignetting and colour shifting to the image, and outputs the final picture in a square Polaroid frame. You can also halt development at any stage and save an image of your poladroid in the process; just click and save for that underexposed look.

To stay even more true to the original format, Poladroid only allows you to make 10 photos at a time — the same number of frames in a pack of Polaroid film.

Download Poladroid for free from poladroid.net or view some examples of poladroids on the flickr group page.