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How to make a collage in a photoshop

To learn to work in the Photoshop program not so difficult, each reader of can do it. The main thing - to understand how the basic principle of imposing of layers works. Give vent to the imagination. Present that you want to collect scrapbooking from the photos, colourful pictures from magazines, paper clips, pugovichek, tapes etc.

As a basis of a photocollage the blank sheet created in the Photoshop will serve. Kliparta (pictures with a transparent background) and templates which are easy for finding and downloading on the Internet will become bright jewelry. And further, you a layer behind a layer "paste" illustrations and photos on a background, paint, correct, cut off, add original strokes. And the unique photocollage - an excellent gift for close people will become result of your laborious work.

On the example of this photocollage I will tell you how to make a collage in the Photoshop, about the main working methods.

In the Photoshop program (I have Adobe Photoshop CS5) we create the new document (the File - to Create). The size I chose A4 horizontal (297х210 mm). Range of permission is from 70 to 300 pixels/inch. I chose 300 pixels that when printing in a big format the image was more accurate. Color mode: RGB.

Having created the new document, we open an illustration which will become a collage background. It is also possible to choose a background pattern from the templates offered by the Photoshop (Editing – to Execute filling – to Use: regular). But we will open the background picture (the File - to Open).

As you see, the new document, the called "collage", and the background picture (we will call it "rainbow") opened in two adjacent tabs. At the same time to work with them, it is necessary to arrange in a different way these two tabs. Let's come into the top control panel (A window – to Order – Freely to move all windows).

As a result we receive:

Now on the left control panel we choose the Movement tool (the top strelochka), by the left button of a mouse it is pressed "rainbow" and, without releasing the left button of a mouse, we draw it on the new document "collage".

After the colourful illustration appeared in the new document, at once we close the rainbow window, it is not required to us any more.

The following turned out:

Now it is necessary to stretch the multi-colored picture on all perimeter of the new document. For this purpose we allocate a paint layer. By the way, to activate a layer, not obligatory to allocate with a mouse it on the right control panel. It is possible, having chosen at the left Movement toolbar, to allocate with the CTRL button and the left button of a mouse the necessary layer directly in the document. Now, holding SHIFT, we pull the left button of a mouse a layer corner until the image blocks a white background. The SHIFT button needs to be held in order that the picture increased or decreased in proportion. To keep change of the size, we press the ENTER button on the keyboard.

Further we open two files with images which will serve us as frames for photos (the File - to Open). Then, as we already did earlier, we order windows (A window – to Order – Freely to move all windows).

Holding the left button of a mouse, we move two frames on the main document and we close both windows with auxiliary elements framework. We reduce the scale of frames in the mode of the Movement tool on the left control panel to the necessary size.

At desire it is possible to transform, turn the image. In this collage we slightly will turn the left frame counterclockwise. Let's allocate a necessary layer (tool "Movement" plus CTRL). In the top control panel we choose Editing – Transformation – Turn and the left button of a mouse we turn a photo. We keep changes, having pressed ENTER. At this stage at us it turned out:

You can regulate an order of layers, what layer will be "over" or "under". There are two ways. In the right control panel a layer which will be "over", simply drag a mouse in the top line. Or allocate a layer and in the top panel choose Layers – to Order and further pick up the necessary provision of a layer.

Now we open two photos of charming kids, we transfer to the general window and we transform to the necessary sizes. Then we impose photos on a framework. We turn one photo counterclockwise and we watch that it remained at a background. If necessary: Layers – to Order – to Shift back.

As you see, the photo in the foreground blocks ribbons on a frame. It is easy to correct it. We allocate a layer with this photo, at the left toolbar we choose "A rectilinear lasso" and we allocate one corner of a photo disturbing to us, then we press in the top control panel the button with two small small squares "To add to the allocated area" and we allocate the second unnecessary corner.

Then we press DELETE. To clean allocations of a lasso, we choose in the top Viewing panel – to Show – to Remove allocation.

Now we will lead round photos. We allocate one photo, in the right control panel we double click on this layer and we choose a tab Styles.

We choose the third style (the shining double ring) and we press OK. To apply this style to the second photo, we copy style of a layer in the right control panel (the right button of a mouse on already processed layer) and we insert this style into even raw layer (the right button of a mouse to Paste style of a layer). It is in this way very convenient to duplicate styles if images which need to be processed, there is a lot of.

And further the most pleasant – an embellishment! I downloaded kliparta (images with a transparent layer) bows, pugovichek, florets etc. On the Internet the great variety of preparations on different subjects is offered and it is possible to download them quickly and free of charge. We open our kliparta and we copy in the main document as well as usual illustrations. We reduce to the small sizes and we have in a creative disorder, having exposed on the foreground. Do not forget that it is possible to allocate a layer with the CTRL button plus the left button of a mouse, and to keep transformation of a layer - the ENTER button (without preservation of changes in the image farther you will not be able to work). At me it turned out so:

It was necessary to keep the image: The file – to Keep as. If it is final work, keep in the jpg format. And if you make still amendments, choose the psd expansion. With such expansion further you will be able to open your work in the Photoshop with preservation of all layers.

Well, on this positive and colourful note I take the leave. Create good and pleasure the hands! And yes you will be helped with it by the Photoshop!

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