How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

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If you are interested in learning how to make a photo collage in Photoshop , then you are in the right place. Individual photos capture single moments in time, but a photo collage can tell a whole story, archiving a treasured family holiday.

There are collage maker apps in the market out there, but Photoshop CC will give you even more control. It allows you to complete the whole process using just one app. Photoshop is one of the most commonly used apps for this type of work.

In this Photoshop tutorial, I am going to explain two methods to do photo collage.

What is a photo collage?

The word “Collage” is from the French word “coller”, which means “to glue” or “to stick together”; A photo collage is a collection of pictures that are put together to make a single picture. The traditional art involved cutting pictures into pleasing shapes or trimming out specific images for placement, but digital photo manipulation opens many new possibilities, including blending images to make a seamlessly realistic picture.

How to create a photo collage

To make a memorable collage, the pictures used should be related in some way and, taken together, tell a story. Family history collages are common, depicting the various stages of a family as the children grow. Anything memorable or special might be used as the subject of a collage. To be interesting, pictures should be chosen for maximum impact and the overall effect should reflect the personality and evoke a mood.

There are different ways to create a photo collage, in this article I will explain two methods.

Method 1: Using a Clipping mask

The idea of this method is to create a black rectangle or circular shapes that cover the entire canvas, then copy each shape into a separate layer. After opening the required photos in separate layers, arrange the layers in such a way to make a layer of the black shape below of a photo layer. Then convert each photo layer into a clipping mask, so the photo over the black shop will show only inside the black shape. The following example will systematically illustrate this method.

Step 1

Open a new document with the required size, and resolution or you can pick one of the customs documents on the left window.

File>new or use shortcut (Ctrl + N)

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Step 2

Draw your templet

View>new Guide or View>New guide layout

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

You can show and hide the guide from View>show>Guide or use shortcut (Ctrl + 😉

Step 3

Select the top left square using the marque tool, and copy it

Edit>Copy or use shortcut (Ctrl + C)

Step 4

Paste the copied selection into a new layer

Edit>Past or use shortcut (Ctrl + V)

Step 5

Repeat copying and pasting for the other rectangular shapes.

Step 6

Make a circular selection of templet layer, copy, paste as above

The layers are shown below

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Step 7

Open the photo files that will be included in the photo collage

File>Open or use short cut (Ctrl + O)

Step 8

All the photos will be opened in separate documents. We need to copy each one and past it in the main document as layers.

Click on the first document, select all (Ctrl +A), copy the selection (Ctrl + C), and click the main document and past it (Ctrl + V)

Step 9

Repeat for the other photos

Step 10

Move and arrange the layers such that a layer with a photo will be on the top of a layer with a black shape.  The layout will as shown below.

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Step 11

Right-Click on the top photo layer and convert it to a clipping mask.

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Step 12

Click the top photo layer and use the free transform (Ctrl + T) to resize and move it within the shape. Remember to use the shift key to maintain the aspect ratio of the photo.

Step 13

Repeat step 12 for the rest of the photos.

Step 14

To create a border around each photo. Click on a layer with a black shape, and add a layer style: stroke.

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Adjust the border color and size

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Step 15

Repeat for all the other layers with black shapes. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the layer style. Right-click on the stroke icon and choose copy layer style, then click on the other layer and again right click then choose paste layer style.

The final collage photo is shown below

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Photo by Ehab Amin

Another example also is shown below.

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Photo by Ehab Amin

Method 2: Using Past special

This method depends on using a layer mask to show a photo in a certain selected area. I will use some steps from the first method.

#1

Draw templet [Follow steps 1 and step two from method 1]

#2

Open the photo files that will be included in the photo collage [follow step 7 from method 1]

#3

Copy the photo you want to past (Ctrl + C)

#4

Using the marquee tool, select the area where you want the copied photo to be placed.

#5

Now, we will use the past into command. This command will past the photo in the selection by creating a layer mask.

Edit>past special>past into or use shortcut (Alt + Shift + Ctrl + V)

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

#5

Use the free transform (Ctrl + T) to resize and move the photo within the selection. Remember to use the shift key to maintain the same aspect ratio of the photo.

#6

Repeat the above steps for the rest of the photos.

#7

To create a border around each photo. [Follow steps 14, 15 from method 1]

#8 the final arrangement of the layers will look as below:

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

The final college is shown below

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Photo by Ehab Amin

Another example also is shown below.

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Photo by Ehab Amin

Photo collage concepts can be used to create art photo, here is an example

How to Create Photo Collage in Photoshop

Photo by Ehab Amin

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the article if you have any questions just post below & I will be happy to answer you.

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