Wednesday, July 2, 2014

iCLIPART.com - Create a Photo Collage. ~ July 2014

iCLIPART.com - Create a Photo Collage. ~ July 2014

Jul 2, 2014

Create a Photo Collage.

Whether you're an avid scrapbooker, graphic designer or just simply enjoy playing around with images, there has probably been a time when you wanted, or needed, to put together a collage of photos or illustrations.

When it comes to personal use, a collage can be the perfect way to display photos. Compiling pictures into an ordered group can be a meaningful gift for family and friends. As well, when space is limited, a collage is a great way to gather several favourite shots into one image suitable for framing.

You don't have to be a professional either to achieve a satisfactory end result. All it takes is a basic understanding of Photoshop, a little time and, of course, the right images. If you're new to image editing, and looking for a way to showcase a special person or place it's the perfect project.

With World Cup fever in the air, and to show how easily this project can be done, we've put together a collage of a young soccer player. To begin, we selected a background, in this case iCLIPART.com image #672732. After opening a new 8" x 10" document in Photoshop, we then opened the illustration and dragged it onto the page. This is the first Layer. (It's good to rename each layer as you do it to make it easier to work with them. Simply double click on the layer name to do this.)

 

To change the size of the picture, we used 'Edit' > 'Transform' >'Scale'. Then we held down the Shift button and moved the edge of the picture. When we had the size we wanted we hit Return.

The pictures of our handsome little soccer player are #679317, #679241, #679602, #680199, #680104, from iPHOTOS.com. The idea was to put a theme shot, in this case a youngster's legs and a soccer ball, in the centre, then fit a selection of photographs of the player himself around it.

To place the first picture, we clicked on the background, then went to 'File' > 'Place' and made our selection. Next, after renaming the layer, we wanted to add a small frame which we did with 'Layer Style' > 'Stroke'. We chose the size and colour we preferred (8 and 0024ff) then added 'Drop Shadow', 'Outer' and 'Inner Glow' from the options at the side. You can play and have some fun with these to see what effects you like.

The steps were repeated for each of the images. The steps for turning the bottom two were 'Edit' > 'Transform' > 'Rotate'.

Once we'd achieved a look we liked, the only thing remaining was to add some text. While the collage would have been fine without anything else, we opted to put a name and date to complete it as a keepsake. After selecting the Type tool we picked the Tahoma font, regular, at 50 pt in white.

Nothing fancy, super simple, and a great memento for yourself or others.

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