We often get asked how we create the collages we share here on the blog. Honestly, there are a lot of different ways you can make a collage. They are super fun to make! Today I want to share a basic method that you can use with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Step 1. Shop! My favorite part of the collage making process is the shopping part! For this collage I picked our some items from my favorites list on Etsy to share. As a general rule, white backgrounds will make your process much easier. Don't worry, you can erase the background if you need to it's just a little bit more time consuming.
Step 2. Save images and links. As you are gathering items for your collage keep them organize. I like to keep mine together on my desktop, for quick referance. Be sure to also save the links as you go along!
Step 4. Begin a new file. Choose File>New>Blank File. This pop-up menu will appear. You can choose the size you want your file to be. I generally make my images 1000 pixels across for web stuff. If you plan to print your file out in the future, you will need to make it larger.
Step 5. Crop & Resize. To crop you select the crop button. (Seen here in the left hand column, it's the third one down to the farthest left.) Then simply crop around your photo, freeing your image of any extra white space.
6. Copy/Paste. To copy your product image first crop around it, then press Edit>Cut. Next, move over to your new/blank file. Press Edit>Paste.
Tip: I usually place the larger items (or focal points) on my collage first. This makes it a little easier to create a balanced design.
8. After you are finished pasting images choose Layer>Flatten.
9. Erase the backgrounds. The tools pointed out on the above image are 1- The eraser tool. Choose this to erase the background. Also make sure white is the bottom color selected on your color swatches below. 2. Brush menu. You can choose from different brushes on this drop down menu. Choose something basic for this step. 3. Brush size. This is important. I use a very large brush to erase most of the background and then switch to a small brush to clean up the edges around a product.
You can see that my pink arrow is pointing to a section I had already erased. This process is a little bit tedious, but much quicker than a lot of other methods!
10. Add Fonts. 1. Select the font tool. 2. Choose a color for your font. (top swatch- I chose mustard yellow) 3. Choose a font. Adobe Photoshop Elements comes with fonts. You can also download fonts from the internet and install them. 4. Choose your font size. After you have done these things, click anywhere on the photo and you can start typing. You can move your font around with your mouse until you like the placement.
I used a different font and color to add numbers. This time I typed my numbers out, normally I use actual numbers. When you are putting the numbers on your collage be sure to open a new layer for each number. This is helpful because you can go back and move them around while you are still adding. After you are happy with the placement of all the numbers you can flatten your image.
11. Use periods to point to products. Before I had a tablet to draw arrows I made dotted lines on my collages using periods (or dashes). It's simple and cute.
Done! Now you're ready to save your photo and post it on your blog with links! Maybe a little something like this-
Cool! I hope this has been helpful. Like I said before, this is just one method. Collages are really fun to make and the more you practice, the more creative you will become! XO. Elsie