Digital Photography Creating A Photo Collage


 Digital Photography Creating A Photo Collage

For this post, we decided to name ourselves “Creative Pickles”. This blog is a collection of fun and simple ideas for people new to photography. It is designed for those who want to jump into the world of creative photography, or simply want some new ideas. Our goal is to make it easy and interesting for those who may not know what they are doing with their cameras! We look forward to our work and hope that you enjoy it!

With digital photography creating a photo collage, you can easily create exactly what you need in no time at all. Is there a vacation coming up? A party you’re in charge of planning? A neat idea for your church bulletin this upcoming Sunday? Whatever it is, you can create the perfect photo collage with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Flowers, houses, mountains and landscapes can all be put together in a matter of minutes with a simple click of a button!

Here is an example of a photo collage that we made for our local library. This was simply to promote summer reading!

Here’s how we did it. Select 5-10 pictures that best fit your vision of the project. (You might want to organize them by theme or layout. In our example, we had the ocean, sun and sand as our main theme.)
A collage that is made of pictures that are the same size with different themes.

Open up Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and click on ‘File’ and then ‘Open’. Navigate to your photograph folder and open up the pictures you want to use for your collage. Double click on each one of them in order to see them all at once. This is where your creativity comes in! Look at each picture individually and select which ones you want to use. Make sure they all have something in common (ex: I like to have the same color or theme running through them).
In the case of our library example, we decided that the ocean, sun and sand would be our theme. We chose four pictures to accompany this theme and then chose a color palette (the colors that will be used). For this example we went with a summery green-blue. When you have chosen which pictures you want to use, you can either drag them to the collage template on the right or click on “New” at the top left of your screen.

You will then have an empty collage where you can drag your pictures into place. It is important for them to be in their proper sequence that they will appear in your final product. For example, if you have a picture of the ocean in the bottom left hand corner, and then a beach picture next to it and then two mountains pictures on the top right; they will appear in that order. Make sure that you can fit all of your pictures into this area. In our case we were able to use most of our pictures, but had to use only four of them (we could have added more but didn’t want to make it too busy). When you have placed all of your pictures into the template, you can zoom in on them and rotate them if needed.

Here is a photo collage with 5 different themes: 1) summer, 2) beach, 3) mountains, 4) flowers and 5) dog. Each theme has been captured to show the season. In the case of flowers and mountains, we’ve used spring/summer and autumn/winter respectively to show how it changes throughout the year. This collage is used for a calendar that is sent out to our members each year in which we show our key events of the year (ex: service projects).

It is important to choose your pictures ahead of time so that when you are placing them into a template, you will know what shape that collage will be. From here, it is as easy as dragging and dropping! We hope this gave you some ideas for your projects! Check out our other tutorials on mixing photos or creating a photo mosaic if you want something different! Have fun with it and show us what kind of collages you’ve made!

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