I took a leap today and made my first ever video tutorial! It was hard work, trial and error, and of course, a ton of awkwardness as I listened to myself on playback. I sit here and think do I really sound like that?! Obviously I do, but you know, whatever. It’s still weird. After
heavy pressure from some blogging friends of mine, I bit the bullet and gave them exactly what they asked for, because I love them. So here is it, the highly anticipated photo collage tutorial!
Some hotkey tips:
ctrl+t to transform rectangles that aren’t in-line.
ctrl+d to deselect
It really is a super easy photo collage tutorial, and in it I teach you to recreate a photo collage similar to this one of Vivienne!
Here’s a quick recap of the photo collage tutorial:
1| Open a new document, setting the width to whatever you use for your blog (680 pixels is mine), the height to something nice and long (I went with 1200), and the pixels/inch at 72. Hit enter.
2| In the layers palette, select Create a New Layer, then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool from the tools bar. Place the cursor in the upper left-hand corner, then click and drag to create a nice looking rectangle. Eyeball it, this isn’t scientific. When you get the size you like, release the cursor. Right-click inside the selected box, choose Fill, and fill it with whatever color you’d like.
3| Repeat the process of creating rectangles by first creating a new layer then adding a rectangle, until you’ve created enough for the pictures you have. In my case, I had five pictures, so I created five boxes. If the boxes are creating uneven white spaces, use ctrl+t and the cursor to adjust their edges.
4| Once you’ve created your boxes, use the crop tool to crop out any leftover white space below the boxes.
5| Select your first box layer, then select Create a New Layer, which should insert a layer between your first two boxes. Right click on your new layer and select Create Clipping Mask. The layer should indent slightly with a little arrow pointing to the layer below it. This means the layers are connected.
6| Choose the photo you would like to see in the first box, then drag it over to your template and release. At this point you should only be able to see the photo in the space of the selected box. Adjust the photo so all the edges are filled, then double-click to place. Repeat this process with each box until they are all filled with photos.
7| BOOM! You’re done!
If you have any questions about my tutorial, please comment below! I used Photoshop CS5 for my tutorial, which is pretty easy to translate over to earlier and later versions, but I have no idea how well it would work with Picmonkey. If you’ve tried, or mastered it, please let us know in the comments! And definitely let me know if this tutorial works for you!