Video:Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create Collageswith Chris Davis
Collages can be a lot of fun to make in Photoshop and can look any number of ways. This About.com video will give you the basics of creating collages using Photoshop.See Transcript
Transcript:Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create Collages
Hi, I'm Chris Davis for About.com. There are a multitude of ways to create a collages in Photoshop CS6. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Collages are really a personal creation. Whether it's simply photos of the family or something a little more artistic it's merely a matter of blending multiple images.
Beginning a Collage in Photoshop
Start with a new project. Select the size and resolution that you want. Click OK. Now let's add some images. Instead of strictly opening an image, we are going go to File Open as Smart Object. You will see why in a bit. Continue opening the images you want as smart objects. You will know they are smart objects by the small icon in the layers tab.
Separate Images as Layers
Each image will open a new tab. Simply click the tab. Click the image and drag it up to the collage file, then drop it. Do this for each image. Once you are done you will have several layers in your collage file. Most likely you will only be able to see the top image. This is okay. Next, arrange the images in the Layers tab. Place what you want as a background on the bottom and continue up. Don't worry you can alway change it later.
Altering Your Photoshop Collage
Now select on of your images. Go to Edit, Free Transform and change the shape. Holding down the shift key will keep the image in perspective. To rotate, hold your mouse just outside a corner until you see the curved arrow, then click and drag. Continue altering your images. If you are satisfied, you could stop there. However, try Changing Blend Modes of a layer. Click a layer, then the Blend Mode pull down menu. Begin to experiment. Each mode is unique. Normal will return you to the beginning.
Once you are happy, try changing the images. Go to Layer Smart Objects, Replace Content. Because we created smart objects, you can change images but keep the effect and shape you already created.
As you continue try adding layer masks for additional effects. To learn more, check us out on the web at About.com. Thanks for watching.