Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

Auto col­lages

To start a new collage, first open a few pho­tos into El­e­ments, then go to Cre­ate > Photo Collage. A collage is au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ated and the im­ages are cropped in­tel­li­gently, so faces aren’t ac­ci­den­tally cropped out. If happy with the re­sults we sim­ply save the collage.

Man­ual col­lages

You can cus­tomise your collage eas­ily by choos­ing dif­fer­ent lay­outs – in­clud­ing Face­book and In­sta­gram cover tem­plates – or re­place pho­tos by right- click­ing them or drag­ging them across to dif­fer­ent win­dows. You can also add dif­fer­ent frames and back­ground ef­fects.

Meme maker

This makes it easy to cre­ate memes for shar­ing on so­cial me­dia. We start by choos­ing a meme tem­plate, then go on to add words and cus­tomise the back­drop. Once done, we can ei­ther save the im­age or share it on Flickr or Twit­ter us­ing the shar­ing ser­vices in El­e­ments.

Multi-photo text

Af­ter open­ing a few pho­tos go to Guided > Fun Ed­its to ac­cess this im­age/text blend­ing walk­through. Add a word, then trans­form each let­ter into a sep­a­rate frame. Then drag im­ages to the let­ters and go on to add a back­drop im­age or text ef­fects like drop shad­ows.

Par­tial sketch

Open an im­age then go to Guided > Fun Ed­its for this walk­through that lets us sketchify part of the photo. There are sev­eral sketch ef­fects; paint to ei­ther add or sub­tract it from parts of the photo. The Soft Edge slider will cre­ate a smoother tran­si­tion be­tween the two ver­sions.

Text and bor­der over­lay

Found un­der Guided > Spe­cial Ed­its, we can add a bor­der and text to our pho­tos. Choose a frame and then re­size it over the im­age. Then add words to the de­sign. As well as choos­ing a font and size for the words, we can also cus­tomise their po­si­tion on the bor­der.

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