February 23, 2017

I’ve received a lot of good feedback on my collages and some people are requesting that I do a tutorial on how I do it. And because I like sharing stuff with you guys (and that I’m always on the look out for new content), I caved in! Three years ago, I didn’t even have the slightest idea on how to put together something like this. When I came across Pauline‘s blog and saw her collages, I knew I wanted to do something like it for myself. Years after, I’m collage-ing my way through my gap year. My process is actually just very simple, it just takes a lot of patience and creativity. You guys ready? Here we go.

All we’re going to need is Adobe Photoshop (any version actually, mine is CS6), and a photo with a clear background. You can use any photo but I always prefer those with background that I can easily cut out.

I’m going to be using this photo, and I’m going to crop out the concrete wall behind me using the Quick Selection Tool. (If you know an easier way to do that, please share it with me in the comments section below) Don’t forget to convert the picture into a layer before cropping out the background! (Layer > New > Layer from Background)

After you have gotten rid of every bit of background, choose the Rectangle Tool. Create a rectangle as big as the size of the original picture, and drag the rectangle layer beneath the layer containing your picture. This will serve as you background so choose whatever color you want. You can also opt to Place a picture as your background instead of just a solid color.

Search (on Google or any free vector site you know of) for elements that you want to place in your picture. Tip: add ‘png’ at the end of every keyword so the background would already be transparent (e.g. flowers png, clouds png). Once you already have enough elements, just Place it in your picture. It’s up to you on how you’re going to arrange, re-size, and position your picture and/or elements.

It’s really just up to you on how you’re picture is going to turn out. I like looking around Pinterest first for inspiration, or look through my vector/png files to see what elements I already have that I can work around with. (Check out my Pinterest board for inspiration: Collage Inspo)

Here’s my finished product! I told you it was easy, you just have to get your creative juices flowing. It took me a lot of tries before I actually came up with stuff that I can be proud to publish on my social media channels.

Additional tip: I edit the original picture on VSCO first so the focal image already has the filter/vibe I’m going for before working on it on Photoshop.

If you have any questions, just drop me a comment and I will do my best to answer each and every one! If you’d ever try this, please let me see yours by tagging me on Twitter (@_piaaa) or Instagram (@pepperonipia). Happy photoshopping! 😛

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  • Reply Angelica February 23, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Wow this is cool! Konti lang alam ko sa photoshop so it’s nice learning this technique! Thanks for sharing Pia. 🙂

    • Reply Pia February 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      You’re welcome, Angelica! Hope this helps. 🙂

  • Reply Bea February 24, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Omg Pia! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I always love your works. Keep it up ☺️

    • Reply Pia February 24, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      You’re welcome, Bea! And thank you. <3

  • Reply Mariz February 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    This is such a big help! Thank you for the free tutorial. I’ve always wanted to make one, but I really don’t know how to use Photoshop and I never bothered using it. Now, I guess, I must try it out. 😊

    • Reply Pia February 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      You’re welcome, Mariz! I hope you enjoy making your own collage. <3

  • Reply Abby Joy February 25, 2017 at 6:17 am

    LOVELYYYYY EDIT! <3 I used to do this way back in highschool — photoshop stuff.

    • Reply Pia February 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Abby! 🙂

  • Reply Da Dominguez February 28, 2017 at 1:13 am

    I have always admired your collages, Pia! Haha. I’m working on this skill set soon, and hopefully I could produce good outputs too. But thanks for the tutorial! This is very helpful esp for beginners!

    xx, The Diary Queen

    • Reply Pia February 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Thank you so much, Da! <3 Have fun in creating yours! 🙂

  • Reply Hafsa March 4, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Been looking out for this. OMG thank you so much!!!!

    -Hafsa, petalhugs.wordpress.com

    • Reply Pia March 4, 2017 at 5:11 am

      You’re welcome, Hafsa! Hope this would help. 🙂

  • Reply Carla Jean March 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for this, Pia! Now I know what to do this summer vacation, yay!

    • Reply Pia March 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

      You’re welcome, Carla! Have fun. 🙂

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