Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Backwards Peeled Polaroid

Many people want to know how to leave the paper "frame" on a Polaroid when peeling it. Very simple, so I've made a short video explaining the process. This was using Type 669, expired 12-2003.

The final print...

You can also peel straight from the "open" end, but it tends to stick more towards the pull end and rips off the frame. So I start with this difficult end. All peel-apart Polaroid and Fuji film can be peeled as such.

Type 689

Type 690


Fuji FP-100C Silk


Type 88

Type 107

Though some don't have particularly interesting frames, as with the Fuji FP-3000B.

And sometimes they tear, or can be torn if you want to do it on purpose, to leave just parts of the frame.

And sometimes the goop burns spots onto the print if you aren't being careful...but this doesn't bother me me much.

You can also scan the entire paper area if it turns you on, but I never do.

I peel pretty much every Polaroid like this. They can be removed at any time, even after drying...so if I don't like it, I take it off. Some prints are so dry that the frame just falls off while peeling. Some are so goopy that they practically disintegrate.
Some people like the frames, some don't...but it is another presentation option, and one that doesn't take much extra work.
Have fun!


  1. cool post, i love the look of the frames.

  2. Thanks for posting the video. I'm going to try this tomorrow.

  3. Interesting. I do it the "correct" way to leave the frame clear white, but each to their own.

  4. It is very cool! I will try it when I have new films for my Polaroid! Love your Blog!


  5. Wow :) cool post. Thanks for sharing!

  6. very interesting. i like it !

  7. Really cool images,I like "ID-UV", its looks very original and real.

  8. I loved your video. I like how it comes out!

  9. i like these! very original

  10. Donyet11:15 PM

    I have a general Polaroid question for you that I haven't been able to get answered on the photo forums. Considering your experience, I think you would be the person to ask.
    I have a Polaroid 210 Land Camera that I've put Fuji FP-100B film in. The problem is it is difficult to pull the exposed photo out, I keep tearing off the strip you pull on necessitating me opening the back carefully and removing the offending photo. This happens every one out of three photos, so I know it's not that I don't know how to work the camera (of course I could be pulling wrong). Is there an adjustment that needs to be made on the camera (pressure plate maybe?) when using Fuji film instead of Polaroid on this type of camera?


  11. i see this a lot in the flickr discussions. the most common recommendation is the remove the pressure bars from inside the cameras (just bend and snap). they press into the fuji packs and make it tough to pull the film. i've not had to do it myself.

  12. Donyet11:42 AM

    Thanks for the answer.
    I might see about finding a way to ease the pressure first, before resorting to breaking off the pressure bars.

    Thanks again

  13. Good to see all the example,s thanks for posting the video!

  14. Midlake playing in the background! Yes!

  15. adam_g20006:38 PM

    Excellent post, just did my first one successfully!