This week’s theme was brought to you by Bunny. She wanted to know how to create a collage. Creating a collage of pictures isn’t really hard at all. It is a little time consuming to get everything the right size, but overall you will find that it is pretty easy to do.
Here are the steps:
1. Decide what size you want to make it. For my example I chose to make it square. To create a new document, just go to: File->New and then choose the size. I chose 10×10 with 300 resoluton, just in case I want to print it. If you just want to have it for the web, all you need is 72 resolution.
2. Decide what pictures and how many you want in your collage. I don’t like it to be too cluttered so I try to keep it between 3-4 pictures. Select your pictures and edit them.
3. Now drag and drop your pictures onto the new canvas (hit the “v” button to drag the pictures). You will most likely have to make them smaller to fit. Put your cursor and click over one of the little boxes on the edge of the picture. The top toolbar will then show width and height measurements, and you can make them smaller. Make sure the measurements for height and width are the same % so the pictures are not skewed.
4. After you have positioned the pictures where you want them, choose the brush tool (hit the “b” key) and make it a square brush. Choose the color you want with the color palette at the bottom of the side toolbar. Make a new layer on top of the others. Use the square brush around the outside to create a frame. Hint: Click in the corner, hold it down, hit shift, hold and then drag your cursor across. This will make sure it is a straight line all the way across. Do this around all the edges. I used black around the edges, then I used a smaller brush on the inside with white.
If you have CS2/CS3 the inside edge is much easier. Just double click on the layer, and a box will open. Check the stroke box and click on it. It will add a line on the inside, but the color may not be what you want. Click on the box with the color and choose another. You can also make the size larger.
5. All done! This was yesterday…hopefully this snow is the last snow. 😉