STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL BY ANJU MIAH
This is the original image that we will use to create a photomontage in Adobe Photoshop.
This is what the outcome will look like – a bunch of photographs put together to create a larger image.
STEP BY STEP
Using the ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’ select a random part of the original image, right click and select Layer via Copy. Repeat until the whole image is covered, but keeping in mind that each time layers are created from the original image.
Right click on one of the layers and select ‘Blending Options’.
Tick ‘Drop Shadow’ and enter the settings above.
Also tick ‘Outer Glow’ and enter the settings above and click ok.
Now right click on the layer we just edited and select ‘Copy Layer Style’.
Select every other layer, right click and select ‘Paste Layer Style’.
Now that all the layers have the same style, we should increase the canvas size for the next step, so click on ‘Image’ and select ‘Canvas Size’.
Enter the settings above in the ‘Canvas Size’ dialog box and click OK.
Now you can see that we have enough space around the edges to carry out the next step.
Click on the eye icon as shown above to make the original picture disappear because if its visible it will interfere with the next step.
You can rearrange the layers and take away some layers to your suitability.
I like to go in order and start from the top layer, so select a layer, click on edit and select ‘Free Transform’ or CTRL+T.
Tilt the layer to however you wanted your photograph to look.
Carry out the same steps until all the layers have been tilted.
They shouldn’t look arranged, they should look like a bunch of photographs chucked together.
Now that the full image is complete, we can experiment and add or remove effects.
We can make the ‘Outer Glow’ disappear so that our photographs don’t have a white border.
..Or we could take away the ‘Drop Shadow’ and leave the ‘Outer Glow’. (I prefer the drop shadow more than the outer glow).
We could add a background colour.
Choose a colour you like or a colour that compliments the image well.
Experiment with more colours.
Try a gradient effect.
Choose effective colours for gradient, most preferebaly minor colours used in the original image.
Finally you could add an inner glow.
Or you could try making more photographs piled together.