Create a Feathered Collage in PhotoShop

    ●   This tutorial can be useful for creating any kind of collage in PhotoShop.

    ●   Gather your images onto one document and use Feathering to make the blend together.

Learn About:

Lasso Tool Feathering Balance Principle

  •   Renaissance Art is The Greatest!

  •   This tutorial is part of the Renaissance poster project.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

  example 2          

Step #1: Open a Blank Document in Photoshop ~

Open Photoshop & create a new canvas. Hit Cmd (⌘) + Ncmd key + n key or go to: File » New

… select inches.

Poster size is 18 x 24 inches at 72 resolution.

18 by 24

If you don't have a size requirement, make your new canvas 800 x 600 pixels, but either way, make the Background Contents transparent.

Transparent background is just a personal preference, but it's a good habit, especially when making a .gif or .png for the web.

Step #2: Find Images for your Collage ~

✗ Your Collage can be ANYTHING related to the Renaissance, not just your assigned artist.

Renaissance art example

Search images for Renaissance Art

Open some of the images in PhotoShop by copying and pasting them into your new document.

Step #3: Free Transform ~

You may be asking, "How can I make it Bigger?"

Hit Cmd () +T or go to: Edit » Free Transform

Step #4: Shift Key ~

If you hold Shift (⇧) while you drag the corners, it changes all sides of the picture at once.

Try it! See for yourself what it does …

Step #5: Lasso Tool ~

Get the Lasso Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

lasso tool

… and draw around the area.

Step #6: Feathering

Go to: Select » Modify » Feather and set the Feather Radius to whatever works for you …


You don't have to use 25. If you're not sure what the Feather Radius should be, just try it and see. You can always undo it and try again …

Step #7: Select Inverse

Now select the inverse by going to:  Select > Inverse or hitting: + shift key+ I.

Then hit Delete delete key and the feathered area should disappear leaving a smooth transition between the two images.

Last Step: Save your Work ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.