EDIT SKILLS: COLLAGE
JORDAN BUTTERS SHOWS YOU HOW TO CRAFT A STYLISH DISPLAY OF IMAGES IN MINUTES USING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
Create a stylish multi- image collage in Photoshop in minutes with our easy- to- follow guide
THERE ARE A handful of third- party softwares out there that make it easy for you to create collages using a drag-' n- drop interface – the likes of Blogstomp or the Tych Panel Photoshop plug- in, for example. These are handy if you’re making collages regularly, but if you just fancy creating a one- off collection of images, then you can do this in Photoshop or Elements quickly and easily without additional software or expense. Here’s how… 1 CRE ATE
A NEW DOCUMENT Go to File> New and choose a blank file size and resolution depending on your intended output. As I’m printing to roughly A4 at 300dpi, I’ve used one of Photoshop’s preset sizes. Next, with the blank document open, click on the document title tab in the main Photoshop window and drag it into the workspace so it displays as a floating window, as shown.
ALL OF YOUR IMAGES Repeat Step 2 for your other images, opening, dragging and dropping, then rename the layers until you think you have enough images for your collage. Hide all of the layers except one by using the eye icon in the Layers palette. Go to View> Show and ensure Grid is ticked – this will help you line up the images so they’re equally spaced and look visually appealing. 5 REPE AT
FOR ALL IMAGES I find it easiest to line up images later by using whole or half grid squares as a border. Here, I’ve used a full square as an edge border, and allowed for a half a grid between images. Repeat this process for each layer in your collage, resizing and positioning as you see fit. If you’ve not allowed for enough images, or you’ve gaps, you can open more images by repeating Step 2.
THE EDGES If you’ve planned the layout well enough that your collage fills the page neatly then you can finish things here, but more often than not I find there are small overlaps where images don’t quite line up. To fix this, with the offending layer active, select the Rectangular Marquee tool and drag it across where you want to trim. Then simply press the Backspace key to delete this part.
YOUR FIRST IMAGE Go to File> Open and choose an image. Use a variety of landscape and portrait- orientated images – you can even use square crops to fill gaps. Drag the file into the workspace, as before, so it becomes a floating window. Then, use the Move tool to drag the image across to the blank document. Rename this new layer so you can identify it, and close the original image.
YOUR FIRST IMAGE With your first image active in the Layers palette, go to Edit> Free Transform ( or press cmd + T on Mac, or ctrl + T on Windows). Hold down the Shift key, and use the corner anchors to resize your image to suit the document. Once done, press the Enter key. Ensure View> Snap is ticked and that View> Snap To> Grid is selected too – this makes it easier to place images.
IF NEEDED You might have some unconventional- sized holes to fill. The quickest way to do this is to crop your images to shape before dragging them onto the document. I’ve got a small square gap in my collage, so I open a new image, select the Crop tool and set a ratio of 1: 1 in the top menu bar to crop the image square before dragging it over and placing it, as per Step 2.
A TITLE Any spare space at the bottom of the document can be cropped by using the Crop tool, or you can fill it with a title or caption. To do the latter, select the Text tool and click on the image. Then type out your caption or title, first choosing your font, size and colour. You can use the Free Transform function, as per Step 4, to resize and reposition the text too. There – all done!