In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a collage from a photo in Photoshop. It is extremely easy to do so and will only require you to repeat a few steps like we did when we created a collage of polaroids. This is the effect we’ll be creating:
Let’s get started on this tutorial on how to create a collage!
Open the image you want to work with.
Now, duplicate this image by pressing Command+J (Macs) / Ctrl+J (Windows).
With Layer 1 selected, create a new layer between the background layer and Layer 1 by command-clicking (Macs) / ctrl-clicking (Windows) on the New Layer icon.
We’ll now fill this layer with white. Press D to set white as the background color and press Command+Delete (Macs) / Ctrl+Backspace (Windows) to fill the layer.
With Layer 1 selected, grab the Rectangular Marquee tool and draw a square selection anywhere inside the image. Make sure that you hold down the Shift key while making the square selection in order to maintain proportions.
Now, click on the Add A Layer Mask icon.
Click on the link icon between the mask thumbnail and layer thumbnail.
Now, let’s add an outer glow to the layer mask. Select the mask by clicking on its thumbnail and press the New Adjustment Layer icon.
Select Outer Glow from the list and change its color to white by clicking on the color swatch.
Now, select Layer 1 and press Command+J (Macs) / Ctrl+J (Windows) to duplicate it.
Select the Move tool and then select the duplicate layer’s mask by clicking on its thumbnail.
Now, move the square to a new location to create the second square.
Now, it’s only a matter of repeating step 4 as many times as you need to show the important parts of the picture.
We’ll now finish the effect by adding some smaller squares. Duplicate the layer again, but before moving the square, press Command+T (Macs) Ctrl+T (Windows) and drag the corner handle inwards while holding Shift+Option (Macs) / Shift+Alt (Windows). Press Return (Macs) / Enter (Windows) when you are done.
Using the Move tool, drag the square to the collage’s outside edge.
Repeat this step as many times you want.
We’ll now add a drop shadow, but before that, we need to merge all of the collage layers. To do so, select the top-most layer, shift-click on Layer 1 and press Command+E (Macs) / Ctrl+E (Windows).
Click on the New Adjustment Layer icon, select Drop Shadow and lower the opacity.
And this tutorial on how to create a collage from a photo is complete!