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.
✓ 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.
Step #1: Open a Blank Document in Photoshop ~
✗ Open Photoshop & create a new canvas. Hit Cmd (⌘) + N + or go to: File » New …
✗ … select inches.
✗ Poster size is 18 x 24 inches at 72 resolution.
✗ 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.
✗ 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) …
✗ … and draw around the area.
✗ 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: + + I.
✗ Then hit Delete 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.