Friday, February 21, 2014

Because I love Collages (Photoshop Templates Quick Guide Tutorial)

I love making collages. And I love looking at collages. Some of the finest and most inspiring ones I've started to collect to one my Pinterest boards. I could look at them forever... I also love doing my own ones and some of those I've collected to this board.

Collages are a wonderful way of showing my favorite pictures at the same time. And that's what I had in mind when I just recently created my Gallery! If you haven't been there yet - please visit :)

Happily internet if full of free collage templates for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
I love creating simple color specific collages with my favorite images. Here is an example of light blue beauties. Download this template here! And be sure to check all CoffeeShop Blog Templates as well as other freebies. This site is fantastic!
My Blog Header Template is from CoffeeShop Blog as well. Downloadable here!

Download my favorite templates here! I love simplicity and these templates of Live Explore Click (former Live And Love Out Loud) I've downloaded a long ago and I still use especially the 3x3 collage template continuously. 

I've been doing my monthly photo calendar collages for two years now. I was inspired by Rebecca @ Simple As That and I started out with her free templates you can check out and download here.

If you wish to see all my monthly collages - for 2012 click here and 2013 click here!

If you haven't been using Photoshop Templates yet, here is a quick guide for you!
After downloading a psd.file open it in Photoshop or Photoshop Element. I'll be using Elements here.
I've chosen six white toned favorite photos of mine which I open as well.

Copy the first picture you want to put to the collage and place it above the the layer you want it to be.

Then click control+G to create clipping mask. Now your image only appears within the frame.
Re-size your image to fit in the template frame as you wish.

Fill all the frames in your template by repeating what you just did.

Finally flatten the image and you're done!

Btw. If you happen to be a Lightroom user, just go ahead and Google. Plenty of free ones all over the net as well. And if you use Gimp I've discovered that there are ways to make Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Templates work in Gimp. I Googled and instantly found some tutorials. Go ahead and try!

Still with me? Thanks for reading 

Sharing with: Friday Finds, Simple Things Sunday, Mosaic Monday, Saturday Share Fest, Life Trough the Lens


  1. Oh my! Each one of your collages is more beautiful than the other! You're photography is such an inspiration. And isn't Coffee Shop a fabulous resource?! I have the color palette template and love it.
    Visiting from Friday Finds.

  2. thanks for the tutorial, I've never tried a template in photoshop yet. I know what I'll be doing the rest of the afternoon! Your collages are amazing. Glad I clicked over from Kim's Friday Finds!!

  3. Tus collages son, siempre, preciosos!! Y gracias por compartir. Voy a visitar tu tablero en Pinterest. A mí también me encanta armar collages, tiene algo de juego.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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  5. I've been making templates myself as needed. Imagine my delight at finding so many ready-to-use templates. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a quilter, and so collages and storyboards seem like patchwork quilts to me. I love your choice of images to create lovely color blends, different weights and values of images, and restful negative space. Your collages are soft and restful - just what I needed on this Friday.

  6. hi Mona...oh my goodness...each and everyone of your collages are just stunning! thank you for sharing all the links. I will be sure to check them out! so beautiful!!

  7. Everything you share is always so beautiful!

  8. Thank you so much for the links of the free templates, and giving a quick review of the process. Your collages are always so softly beautiful! Lovely again today Mona! ♥

  9. This is intriguing. I've wanted to make collages but I've never looked up how to do them. Thank you for putting all this information into one post. Your header is dreamy, by the way!

  10. My collage attempts pale in comparison. Thank you for the links and tutorial.

  11. Stopping by from SITS. That's awesome. Great photos too.

  12. What a collage artist you are!

  13. These are gorgeous and awesome! I love collages too!!

  14. Great tutorial. I had a hard time figuring this out when I began making collages! Sorry the link gave you trouble at Life Through the Lens last week. And, thank you so much for sending me an e-mail letting me know! I was away from the internet... I only had my phone, which I hate using to write email, so I did not get back to you. But, I appreciated it so very much. Hope to see you this week! {Oh, I think I will link to this next week... it is a great tutorial :-)}


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