Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Photographs are the best way to preserve our sweetest memories forever. Every Photograph has many remembering and sentiments attached to it. We hold some Photographs close to our heart for they make us remember the best moments of our life.

If you have any such Photograph with you, why not make it special and frame it so that it remains in front of your eyes forever. Here we will learn how to convert an image into a collage. We have used Polaroid photo frame look which will make your Photograph look stunning. You can click on the images to view larger version.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Time: 1 hour(s)
  • Software(s): Adobe Photoshop CS4

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Step 1

Open Image in Photoshop.

step1 open image Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 2

Duplicate the original layer (Ctrl+J).

step2 duplicate layer Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 3

Add a new layer between the original layer and the duplicate layer (created in step 2) and fill it with black color.

step3 add black layer Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 4

Create a new layer above the black layer.Select your Marquee tool (M) and make a selection.

step4 make selection Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 5

Fill your selection with black color (you can fill it with any color) in the new layer created in the last step.Note that no change has occurred as the layer is below our duplicate layer (Don’t worry about this as it will appear soon enough).

step5 paint black Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 6

Select the duplicate layer and go to menu bar> Layer> Create clipping MaskThis will shift your layer to right and show a downward arrow next to it(With this tool we basically mask the area that is just below our layer).

step6 craete clipping mask Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 7

To make a boundary for our image, create a new layer just above our black layer.Make a selection such that it’s just a bit bigger than our masked area and fill it with white color.I made the base a little thicker so as to give it a Polaroid photo frame look.

step7 make boundary Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 8

Create a shadow to your frame by editing the layer style (Double click on your frame layer) of your frame layer Here I used Drop Shadow:Angle: 140 degreesDistance: 4 pixelsSpread: 19%Size 24 pixelsYou won’t see any changes due to the black layer present below.

step8 create shadow Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 9

Link your layers (White frame layer and black mask layer) by selecting both the layers and clicking the link layer button at the bottom left side of your layer palette.

step9 link layers Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 10

Now select your frame layer and rotate and move it to any place with the free transform tool (Ctrl+T).Note that only our mask and frame are moving and not the image.

step10 free taransform Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 11

Now group the three layers (White Frame Layer, Black mask layer and the top image layer) into one group (Ctrl + G).Name this group Polaroid.

step11 group layers Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 12

Now Duplicate your Polaroid group and place the frame and mask layer to a different position and rotate them to any other angle, to give it collage feel.

step12 duplicate group Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 13

Arrange effectively to give it a nice collage look.For this tutorial I took 17 groupsYou can add more if you want.

step13 arrange effectively Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Step 14

It could be quite challenging to find a particular layer in so many layers, for that you can use the auto select layer control available on top left hand corner of your screen when you are using the select tool (V). This will help you find and edit the layers at a later stage.

step14 selecting layers Make a Collage out of Single Photograph

Final Result

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