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Making a photo collage

From: Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Making a photo collage

One of the Photo projects that is available in Photoshop Elements is Photo Collage. You can create a Photo Collage using a variety of themes, background, frames, graphics and text effects that come with Elements and you can customize all of those items to make your collage unique to you and your photos. I'm working here in the 13_02_ photocollage subfolder in the Chapter13 exercise files. I'm going to make a collage from these six photos of Carousel horses. The first step is to select the six photos in the Organizer. I'll click on the first, hold down the Shift key and click on the last. Then I'm going to go to the Create Tab at the top of the Task pane, select that and from the list of photo projects, I'm going to choose Photo Collage. That opens the editor to the projects workspace with instructions about how to create a Photo Collage and the six photos that are selected here in the Project Bin.

Making a photo collage

One of the Photo projects that is available in Photoshop Elements is Photo Collage. You can create a Photo Collage using a variety of themes, background, frames, graphics and text effects that come with Elements and you can customize all of those items to make your collage unique to you and your photos. I'm working here in the 13_02_ photocollage subfolder in the Chapter13 exercise files. I'm going to make a collage from these six photos of Carousel horses. The first step is to select the six photos in the Organizer. I'll click on the first, hold down the Shift key and click on the last. Then I'm going to go to the Create Tab at the top of the Task pane, select that and from the list of photo projects, I'm going to choose Photo Collage. That opens the editor to the projects workspace with instructions about how to create a Photo Collage and the six photos that are selected here in the Project Bin.

The first step is to select a size for the collage. Be sure to select a size that your printer can print and for which you have photo paper. I'm going to stick with this standard letter size. The next step is to choose a theme for the collage. A theme is a combination of background and frame for each of the pictures in the collage. I'm going to really get wacky and choose this Broadway theme. There is preview of the theme. Once I have seen it, I'll click the X to close the preview. Then I'm going to move down to choose a layout for each page in the collage.

I'm going to choose a layout that has a place for three pictures on each page and I'll close its preview. I'll come down to the Additional Options area where I'm going to make sure there is a check box next to Auto-Fill with Project Bin Photos. That will cause Elements to take all of the photos in the Project Bin and use them to automatically fill in the frames in the collage. I don't have any captions on these particular photos so I'll leave Include Captions unchecked, but if you had created captions earlier for each photos, that would be a way of getting text into the collage. I can type a number of pages into this field, I'll leave it set to 2 to make a two paged collage and then I'm going to click Done. That causes Elements to create the collage for me and if I come over to the document window, I can click on the controller at the bottom of the window to see the two different pages with that nice page curl effect in between.

I'm going to go back to the first page to do some editing because this red theme just doesn't suit my taste. To edit the collage, I'm going to go to the Artwork Workspace by clicking Art Work here in the right column. That opens the Content palette. The Content palette offers all kinds of options for me to edit my Photo Collage. If I click on this menu on the right I can see what is here in the Content palette: Backgrounds, Frames Graphics, Shapes, Text and Themes.

I'm going to start by changing up the background of this image. So first I'll go to the document window and click in the background and then I'm coming back to that menu in Content palette and I'm going to choose Backgrounds. Now I can see a number of backgrounds to choose from here in this area. If I scroll down I see that there a lot of them here and actually I have looked at these in advance and I have chosen some that I really like and drag them down into the Favorites palette here. So the way that you do that is you select the background that you like and then you just drag. Once the piece of Artwork is here in the Favorites palette, I can apply it to other Photo Collages as well. To change out the background of page one of this collage, all I have to do is select the background that I want to use and click apply at the bottom of the Favorites palette and that changes the background.

Now, let us say I want to change the frames on each of these photos. I'll select one of the photos and then I could come up to the Content palette click on this menu, choose frames and select from any of the frames that are here and there a lots of them. I already picked one and put it in my favorite's palette, so I'll use that one by selecting and then clicking Apply to change the frame on one of the photos and I'll do the same on the second photo. Select the photo, select the frame, click Apply and on the third photo on this page the same.

I can also add graphics and text to this page. Let us see how to add text. I'm going to click on the background and then I'm going to go up to the menu again to the text area to see that there are many different text effects here to choose from. I already chose this rose colored embossed text effect, so I'm going to use that one from my Favorites palette. I select that effect and then I'm going to click Apply and you can see that text has appeared here in the middle of the image.

When you do this the first time, this text box maybe very small, but it will be there directly in the middle of the image, the trick then is to select that text box and move it. I'm going to click off of it to eliminate the highlight on the text and then I'm going to click on it and drag down to the bottom of the image. I can resize the text by clicking on any of the anchor points and dragging. I could rotate the text box and I can change the text. Obviously, I don't want it to say Your Text Here so I'm going to double-click inside the text box to select the text and type my own text and the click off of it to accept that change and now I can just move that into place.

I also can move any of the photos, so I could click on this photo and drag it out. I could make a photo bigger by clicking on its corner anchor point and dragging and then clicking that green check box to accept that change. I can rotate a photo, so if I select this one I'll then move my cursor over a corner anchor point and I'll turn the photo and click the green checkbox. I can also change the content of any frame replacing one of these photos with another one.

So let us say I want to replace this front photo I'll select it and them I'm going down to the menu at the top of the project bin, clicking and choosing Show Files from Organizer. And that will show all six of the files that I had originally selected in the Organizer for this collage. I'm going to click on the last one and drag it up into this frame and release and that replaces the photo in the frame. Notice that there is now a controller above that frame which I can use to change the size of the picture inside the frame and then I'll click the green checkbox.

Remember that all of the changes that I made here are only made to page 1 of this collage. Page 2 still has the Broadway theme applied, but I could come in and do the same thing here. For now I'm just going to leave things as they are. I'll go back to page 1 and I'm going to save my collage by going to the File menu at the top of the screen and choosing Save. I'll save it into the default folder, the Pictures folder and I'm going to name it collage and notice that this is being saved in a special photo project format .PSE, remember to save it in this format so that you can reopen the project at any time for some more editing applying different backgrounds, frames, graphics, text or themes.

I'm going to include it in the Organizer and I'm going to click Save. Now I could have made a Collage from Scratch using the skills that I have been teaching you in this course, but it certainly saves time to use the automatic features in this Photo Collage project and there are so many opportunities to customize that it really feels like I have created a unique collage.

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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