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Making a photo collage

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Making a photo collage

If you want to create a photo collage or maybe a scrapbook page with multiple photos on it, you can do that by hand, using various techniques that I have shown you in this course. But you don't have to do it all from scratch. Instead, you can use the Photo Collage feature in the Create Workspace to help you along the way. I've started here by opening four images into the default Full Edit Workspace. With those four images open, I am going to switch to the Create Workspace, by clicking this purple tab at the top of the column on the right.

Making a photo collage

If you want to create a photo collage or maybe a scrapbook page with multiple photos on it, you can do that by hand, using various techniques that I have shown you in this course. But you don't have to do it all from scratch. Instead, you can use the Photo Collage feature in the Create Workspace to help you along the way. I've started here by opening four images into the default Full Edit Workspace. With those four images open, I am going to switch to the Create Workspace, by clicking this purple tab at the top of the column on the right.

That opens the four images into document tabs here in the Create Workspace. I see a list here of projects that I can Create with Elements help. I am going to choose Photo Collage. That switches the Projects panel to show instructions about how to make a photo collage and to offer some artwork and some layouts to help me with that job. The first task is to select a paper size. I want to be sure to select a paper size for which I have photo paper, and that will fit in my printer. So I'm going to select Letter. The next step, although it's optional, is to choose a theme for the collage.

The theme is a combination of a decorative background and frames that will appear around each image in the collage. I'm going to choose this one, and I see a preview of it up here. I will click in a blank area of the Projects panel to close that preview. Next I am going to move down to the Layout Field here, and I am going to choose a layout for the photos in the collage. I'll click and drag the scrollbar until I see a layout that I like. I am going to choose this one, the Three Tiled Layout. There is a preview of it. I'll click in a blank area to close the preview.

Now I'm going to select the first three images in the Photo Bin, clicking on the first, holding the Shift key and clicking on the third. And I'm now ready to have Elements start creating a collage for me by clicking the Done button here in the panel on the right. Here's the collage that Elements made for me. It contains the first three photos in the Project Bin. There's actually a second page to this collage, because I did have a fourth image open. So if I go to that second page, I can see that it has just that one single photo.

I'm most interested in the first page. Here in the Content panel, I can access lots of different kinds of artwork that I can use to customize this collage. I am going to click on the menu on the right side of the Content panel, and here I can see categories of artwork that come with Elements. I am going to choose the Backgrounds category. That shows me Thumbnail views of lots of different background designs. If I want to change out the red background that came with the theme that I applied, I can just click on one of these thumbnails. I'll select this one right here, and then click Apply, and Elements will switch out the background for me.

If I see a background that I might want to use later on another image, I can save it as a Favorite. So maybe I'll take that same background, click and hold and drag down from the Content panel into the Favorites panel, and release my mouse. This way I can start to build up a library of my favorite pieces of Content, Backgrounds, Frames, Text Styles, and more. I may want to add some text to this collage too. So I'll go up to the menu on the right side of the Content panel and I'm going to choose Text.

This brings up thumbnails representing different text styles. I am going to scroll down until I see a style that I like. I'll choose this Red Bevel Style, and then I'll click Apply. That brings in this line of text in the center of the image. Yours may come in large like this, or it may come in really small, and hard to see. In any event, I'm going to get the Move tool in the toolbox, and that will remove the highlight from the text, and will allow me to see this bounding box around the text. I'm going to make the text smaller by holding the Shift key, and moving my mouse over one of the corner anchor points on this bounding box, and dragging toward the center.

Holding the Shift key will constrain the proportions, and then I'll click and move the whole bounding box over, and I'll hold the Shift key and drag from this anchor point toward the center, and then I'm going to take the whole textbox and put it down here at the bottom. I want to make it just a little smaller, so again, I'll hold the Shift key, and I'll drag in toward the center, and I'll do the same from this corner, until finally the text fits in this space.

If I want to make it a little bigger, still with the Shift key held down, I'll drag on a corner anchor point. So that's a little awkward, but I ended up with text that I like, and it's the right size. At this point I'm going to click the green checkmark that appears under the bounding box. So I've now styled some text. However, I don't want it to say Your Text Here. So I'm going to double-click inside the bounding box, and I am going to type something else. I'll type Carousel, and then I'll go up to the Options bar at the top of the screen, and I'll click the green checkmark.

I still can change the size or rotate this bit of text, but I am just going to leave it as is for now. There are other kinds of artwork that I can select from this menu. For example, I could change the frames around each one of the photo collages. I could add graphics or shapes, or I could change the entire theme. But I'm going to leave the artwork as it is for now, and I'm going to come in and work on the photos a bit. One thing I'd like to do is to change out the content of this particular frame, adding a different photo instead of the one that's there. I am going to go down to the Project Bin at the bottom of the workspace, and click on this fourth thumbnail of the carousel horse, and drag up from there and drop it on top of this frame, and Elements changes the image out for me.

It also gives me this little slider that I can use to change the size of the photo inside the frame. So if I want to, I can drag to the right to size the image up a little bit, so that the horse is easier to see, and then I'll click the green checkmark. I also can move anyone of these framed photos around. So for example, I can click inside of this picture and drag to the left, or I can select this picture, move my mouse just underneath the picture where there is a tiny circle, and I can drag in either direction to rotate that photo, and then I'll click the green checkmark.

So all of the changes that I made here, are made only to page 1 of this collage. If I go to page 2 by clicking the arrow, you can see that it looks as it originally did with the original theme, and just one photo in the frames. So I probably won't even print this page, I'm just going to concentrate on the first page. Now I'm going to save this collage by going up to the File menu, choosing Save As, navigating to my Desktop and to my Saved Files folder. I will give the collage a name. I'll replace the untitled name with Collage.

Notice that there is a PSE extension on this file, and the Format menu is set to Photo Project format. This is a special format for photo projects created here in Elements, and it's important to use this format, so that I can edit the collage if I need to. So I'll just click save. So the next time that you want to make a scrapbook page, or a photo collage, rather than do it all from scratch, try using some of the features that I have shown you here in the Create Workspace.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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