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! 😛