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Photomontage Tutorial


This is the original image that we will use to create a photomontage in Adobe Photoshop.



OutcomeThis is what the outcome will look like – a bunch of photographs put together to create a larger image.


Step 1

Step 1Using 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.

Step 2

Right click on one of the layers and select ‘Blending Options’.

Step 3

Tick ‘Drop Shadow’ and enter the settings above.

Step 4

Also tick ‘Outer Glow’ and enter the settings above and click ok.

Step 5

Now right click on the layer we just edited and select ‘Copy Layer Style’.

Step 6

Select every other layer, right click and select ‘Paste Layer Style’.

Step 7

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’.

Step 8

Enter the settings above in the ‘Canvas Size’ dialog box and click OK.

Step 9

Now you can see that we have enough space around the edges to carry out the next step.

Step 10

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.

Step 11

You can rearrange the layers and take away some layers to your suitability.

Step 12

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.

Step 13

Tilt the layer to however you wanted your photograph to look.

Step 14

Carry out the same steps until all the layers have been tilted.

Step 15

They shouldn’t look arranged, they should look like a bunch of photographs chucked together.

Step 16

Now that the full image is complete, we can experiment and add or remove effects.


Step 17

We can make the ‘Outer Glow’ disappear so that our photographs don’t have a white border.

Step 18

..Or we could take away the ‘Drop Shadow’ and leave the ‘Outer Glow’. (I prefer the drop shadow more than the outer glow).

Step 19

We could add a background colour.

Step 20

Choose a colour you like or a colour that compliments the image well.

Step 21

Experiment with more colours.

Step 22

Try a gradient effect.

Step 23

Choose effective colours for gradient, most preferebaly minor colours used in the original image.

Step 24

Finally you could add an inner glow.

Step 25

Or you could try making more photographs piled together.


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