stacey c. damon
The Best Way to Collage Pictures in Elements
I have seen beautiful collages using images and am wondering your best approach on sizing the pictures and using layers etc...also where can I find more info. I have a few books for Elements 4 that just touch on the subject. One image I have seen that I would like to learn about is using a few headshot images each one with different expressions on a white background with a black line "frame" around each image and the child's name on it too.
Layers are definitely the way to go when making any type of composite or collage. The example you are talking about seems simple enough if you can crop all three images to exactly the same size.
1. Crop the 3 images
After doing that, you can even out the framing all around by changing the background swatch color on the toolbar to the frame color you used in step 5, and then expand the canvas size (Image>Canvas Size) two times the Stroke size.
My Layers course here on betterphoto.com actually goes through many more uses for layers as a means of controlling and organizing image development. We actually do a collage as a final project!
Does that help?
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