Have you searched and searched for the perfect storyboard for your blog? I know I have. I remember looking for just the right template for my images and always ended up making purchases that I didn’t really need. In the end, I’d only use one template out of the ten that came in the bundle.
Did you know that you can make custom collage templates in PSE?
Here’s how you can create your own storyboards for use in printing or blogging.
Create a new project by going to File > New > Blank File
Create your shapes (where your images will go) using the Shape Tools. You can change the colors of the shapes if you like. That way, it’s easy to see each area. If you want a white border around each image, just leave that space open when you are creating each shape. You can adjust the size of the shapes just by clicking and dragging the corners.
Once you have all of your shapes in place, click and drag the images to each box. You’ll need to click on the box first, then drag your image there. When you place your image, it will be too big and most likely cover the entire collage. Simply click the corner and drag at an angle to resize. Make sure the “constrain proportions” box is checked or your image will be distorted. Once you have resized it, go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask to “clip it” into your shape (you will do this for each image). Also, I use images that are already sized and sharpened for web that way it saves me a step or two at the end.
Now that your collage is complete, you see that the shapes and images each have layers of their own. It does that automatically! How great is that?! If you want to move the image around in the shape, just click on the move tool to adjust it.
Once you’re happy with your new collage, simply flatten, watermark and save!
Now that you understand how to create a custom collage in PSE, the possibilities are endless!
Thank you Melissa for this awesome tutorial! Are you still learning Photoshop Elements? We’d love to know what you’d like to learn how to do next so we can work on some more Elements tutorials for you! Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see next!
Would you like the opportunity to learn more from Melissa? If you’re a member of the CM photography forum she’s currently giving away a one hour mentoring session! Visit this thread for all the details.
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Melissa is a proud MWAC who gears up with a Nikon D700, prime lenses, and edits her “fun, childlike, and whimsical” photography solely in Photoshop Elements. Her goal both now and when she first began her photography journey in 2005 is to, in her own words, “remember my girls’ lives for them. They are so young yet growing so quickly. I know they won’t remember it all so I feel it’s my job to document it for them.” She is a self proclaimed goofball that loves reading, giggling, sweet tea, her iPhone, kisses, instagram, and having fun with her small family which includes her husband and three darling girls.