STE P BY STE P / Joined-up thinking
1 Tweak the set
In Adobe Bridge, right-click an image and choose Open in Camera Raw. Then make any changes (we converted to mono) and hit Done. Right-click the image, choose Develop Settings>Copy Settings. Select other files, right-click and select Develop Settings>Paste Settings.
2 Copy and paste
Open an image, then use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select and copy the part of it you want to use. Make a new A3 document with a white background. Paste in your first image’s selection. Go to the Layers Panel, right-click the layer and click Convert to Smart Object.
3 Resize and position
Grab the Move tool, check ‘Show Transform Controls’ and ‘Auto-select Layer’ in the options. Move the piece roughly into position and click the corner of the box (holding Shift) if you need to resize it. Repeat this with portions of other images to build up your collage.
4 Create shadows
Once the positioning’s done, add shadows. Double-click any layer to open the Layer Styles box. Choose Drop Shadow then adjust the settings to tweak the shadow size and position. Once done, hold Alt and drag the Drop Shadow effect from one layer to another to replicate it.