Photoshop 12: Lesson Activity - Create a collage in Adobe Photoshop
This exercise requires a familiarity with Photoshop and its menus and
commands. It will show you some basic tricks to use to create a collage
image. If the steps are not familiar, go back and review the other steps
found under Photoshop Basics. You will also find
links referenced in some of the steps below, that give you the specific
lesson covering that topic.
First, save three images that you would like to copy into a new image
like the example below. Please feel free to pick any images you like.
You can find some good images at OU's
Visitor Center - Gallery.
This is a fun simple exercise that will show your
Other Ideas - OU
Business School web site uses a collage concept.
- Open Photoshop
- Open all 3 images that you are using.
- Create a New Image with a White Background that is
800 x 600 pixels. Make this really big for now. You will copy your images
inside this new file and you want plenty of room to move around while
you design this new collage. You will crop this image to its exact size
when you are done.
- Select the Marquee Tool
and set the 'feather option' to 5 px (pixels)
- Click & Drag around the area of one of your pictures
that you want to copy to the new collage image. You will see rounded
edges to the marquee selection that will feather nicely into your new
Select Edit - Copy
- Click on the new blank collage image and Select Edit - Paste.
You will need to move this new pasted layer around to where you want
it. Use the Move Tool-
Note: The Move Tool is selected on the tool bar and the
Layer that contains the image is highlighted. Now you are ready
to move this image to a new location on your collage page.
- Do this for all 3 pictures and move them around till you have them
in a creative arrangement.
Remember, you need to select the layer that you want
to move. Also you can move layers up and down in order to change the
way they lay on top of each other.
- You can also change the opacity of a
layer - to fade it out. Just select the
layer that you want and then change the opacity.
Here is a larger example so far:
- Note the Movel tool is selected so you can choose
which layer you need to move around to get the look you want.
- Layer 3 is highlighted & ready to move about
- Note the Seed Sower image has the Opacity changed
- Add some text information that you might want to
use for links.
- Once you have all your images and text in place, you will need to
CROP the image down to just
the size you need.
- When you are satisfied, save your original
image as a Photoshop PSD file, so you can use it again
with the layer information.
- Finally, save your web image.
Select File - Save for the Web!