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Photoshop tutorial All right, how to make a quick montage or collage. Now, let’s just say I have all these images here that the client picked out that I’ve done and now she came back and she ask that she wanted a montage or a collage. So what do I do? Well, the first thing you do is you’re going to create a new canvas for the size of the montage that you want. So, let me just go here, I’m just going to do this for demonstration purposes. I’m just going to make this 10 x 5 inches and I’m only going to go 72 dpi just for this video, just so it goes faster. I would normally probably have this around 250 or 300 dpi. So that is our blank canvas that we are going to draw up our images on to. Now, the first thing I’m going to do is I want to get my images onto this canvas and there are several ways of doing. You can drag and drop. You can crop. You can use the lasso tool. Now, I have here the one thing that you’ve want to figure out first would be what kind of layout do you want to actually do. Now, I’ve noticed I’ve got a few horizontal images here and I also have a vertical image which was the very first one. So I am actually going to make the vertical image different than all the horizontal images. So what I’m going to do is I’m actually going to make a selection around the Hayle here and I’m actually going to cut her out of this image and to paste on to my canvas a standalone. So I’m simply just going to use the lasso tool and make my selection around Hayle. There we go. Now, what I’m going to do is I’m just going to make a selection of a feather and I’m just going to go one pixel and now I’m simply just going to use my move tool and I’m simply just going to drag and drop on to the image. Now, I’m just going to resize this because my images are 250 dpi and my canvas is only 72 dpi so I’m going to leave this right about here just like that. Now, what I’m going to is I’m just going to get my images on to my canvas. Now for this I’m just going to crop them and I’m just going to crop up my border. They’re already done so I’m just going to do 4x6 72 dpi so I’m just going to do the crop and simply with the move tool drag and drop just like that and then just going to do that for each one of this. Cropping, using the move tool, dragging and dropping. Now, I’m not doing any color corrections to this right now because you can do that yourself. I’m just showing you how to make a quick and simple collage or montage. There you have it. So now I’ve got all my images onto my canvas. Now, the first thing I’m going to do is I’m just going to use the free transform tool or control T and I am just going to transform this and I’m simply just going to select the next one and I’m going to go Shift-Control-T which is transform again and what is does is it transforms each of those images to the same size. Now, I’m going to click on auto select the layer here so that every time I click on it the image will automatically selects that layer. Now, what I’m going to do is I’m going to bring in my guide so that I can easily space out my images. By pressing Control-L, you can activate and deactivate your ruler as you can see here. And I simply do is just click and drag out to pull out a new guide. You can also put in a new guide by going to view and new guide and I’m just going to set this to 50% so I automatically know where the middle is and I’m going to place one in the image right into the middle and I’m going to slop when in the corners here. Now I can automatically see that my images are still too big so I’m simply just going to do the all free transform again and the shift control T for each one thereafter. So now I’m just going to drag them up into the corner just for now. We’ll make this one in the middle. Now I’m going to pull another guide down to snap into the middle of that. Now, I’m going to pull my guide here and I’m going to both a half an inch in on each side so there we go and then I can bring this one over, bring those centered. Now, I’m going to use my cursor keys just as spaces so. Now again you can use guides to get your spacing perfect on that but just for demonstration purposes so I don’t want a nice long video on this and I’m just going to leave this like this and there we go. Now, I’m going to add my drop shadow or if I wanted to I can add a stroke to each one also so I’m just going to go on to the first one, double click from my layers properties and I’m going to add a stroke. Now I don’t like that color so let’s just choose a pink color from the shirt just like that and let’s bring the stroke down to say two pixels. And let’s add a drop shadow, so we’re just going to go like that and I can adjust the height and everything and the opacity. Now, I can just take this effect and I’m just kind of drag it up into each of the other layers there. Now, on the background I’m just going to use my text tool and just type her name “Hayle” and let’s just highlight it and go into the font size and I’ll just take an A as big and let’s get this nice and big like that. Now, I’m going to highlight my text and use my up and down arrow keys, just a scroll between the different fonts until I find the one that I like, and I’ll just use this one. Now, again since I have the layer I’m just going to press Control-T or free transform and that way I can just give her a rotate and we’ll double click the layer to bring out our layers styles and let’s have a drop shadow and maybe a Bevel Emboss and maybe an Outer Glow and let’s choose a nice and we’ll go with the pink and if I want, press T for my text tool and go back over and increase the font color. And I can always move this around and resize them or rotate them or change the drop shadows or the font or anything like that. So there you have it. It’s pretty quick, it’s mostly just drag and drop. The trick is to get all your images ready before hand and simply just drag them and drop them and place them into place. You have each of your own images and text on their own layer so you can actually toggle between them to move them and rotate them and resize them.