Great looking, Easy Collage Effect

Today we are going to create a collage effect Photoshop. We will take a central, main image as our focal point and use some image and effects to liven it up. This is a great way to showcase an Image, and emphasize a theme instead of doing a traditional photo collage. And on top of it all, this is an easy effect to do!

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

First we want to start off by collecting some images:

Elephant

Giraffe

Zebra

Paint Brush

Splatter Brushes

Background Texture (the first one)

Step 1

Open up the elephant in Photoshop. Using the Pen tool go in and cut him out. If you don’t know how to use the pen tool to cut out the elephant, you can go to this site.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 2

Now open up a document with a size of1680x1050px and drag the elephant in. Typically you shouldn’t do this, but I am going to stretch the elephant wide a little bit, because he looks a little too skinny in the photo. So shrink and widen it something like how I have mine.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 3

Open up your levels (control + L) and bring in the arrows, so you have something like I have.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 4

Open up the giraffe image, and cut him out like you did with the elephant. don’t worry about the hair on the back or the lack of feet, you won’t see them when we put it in place. So after you cut the giraffe in, bring him into our document.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 5

We are going to re size the giraffe and angle him a little so it is coming out the back of the elephant like so.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 6

Lets open up the levels (control + L). Looking at the levels, they are set pretty good already, so we don’t have to adjust them.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 7

Now lets go and grab the zebra. I cropped the head of mine because that is all we are going to need. For this one we are going to have to go in and cut out the hair. Unfortunately since this photo was free, it wasn’t the greatest quality for cutting out hair. What I did was add a layer mask to the zebra layer, and using a very soft brush I faded the top part of the hair. This will work fine for what we are going to do. Now bring him into our document.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 8

We are now going to duplicate the zebra layer with control J. Then go into edit>transform>flip horizontally. Now bring it over to the side with the giraffe. Do the same thing with the giraffe.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 9

Now that we have everything roughly in place, we can refine our layout.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 10

For better organization I am going to put all the animals in a folder.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 11

The next thing we want to do is bring in our texture. Stretch it out to fit the entire document. Now I want to go in and start taking out some of the hard lines. So to do that we are going to use the clone tool. Alt + click on an area that has a similar texture (without the line) and then click on the line. Continue doing this until the line is gone. Watch out for repeating shapes that would make it look like the texture was cloned. Our goal is to make it look like we didn’t do anything to it.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 12

Make sure the texture is the top layer, then change the blend mode to multiply. Open up Hue/Saturation (control + U) and adjust the saturation to +30. We are also going to lighten it up with the curves (control + m).

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 13

I am going to grab my animals folder and move them over to the right. Now I am going to change the levels of that folder to make the animals a little darker.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 14

Now comes the more creative part. The brushes I had you get at the beginning we are going to use a few of them to get some action behind the animals (How to install them). So first lets create a new layer and start using the brush painted brushes. I am going to use a variety of yellow, orange and red.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 15

Now we are going to do the same thing with the splatter brush.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Step 16

There you go. I am just going to add a headline to it and I am finished. You can go wild with it, use different paint brushes, different shapes, different textures, add animals, whatever you want.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

Final

This is my final result.

Great Looking, Easy Collage Effect

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41 Comments

  1. xea
    25/03/2009

    Thanks for this tutorial!

  2. burns
    25/03/2009

    amazing tut

    amazing zebra’s penis (?)

  3. 25/03/2009

    Yeah, I figured we didn’t need to see that part

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  5. nice work thanks for the tut..

  6. 26/03/2009

    Great tutorial. Thanks. The finished result really looks nice. The zebra heads are a little large in comparison, but nice work overall.

  7. fionalovely444
    28/03/2009

    This is so simple this could be a second grade tutorial.
    This is a compliment. I am so jealous. I have a school-owned
    laptop which is not equipped with photo-shop. I would love to
    do this. I thoroughly love it.

  8. 31/03/2009

    This is amazing, I love the texture and the colors! The elephant looks like it’s missing a leg and it’s ears but other than that this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial.

  9. daniel
    04/04/2009

    Actually, it’s ugly but thank for your effort.

  10. vijaya
    06/04/2009

    very nice thanks

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  12. 15/04/2009

    [...] wenn themenbezogen passende Inhalte für einen Artikel erstellt werden sollen. Im Beispiel des Easy Collage Effects wurde das Thema Afrika gewählt. Typische Tierarten und warme Farben kommen hier zum Einsatz. [...]

  13. 15/04/2009

    [...] wenn themenbezogen passende Inhalte für einen Artikel erstellt werden sollen. Im Beispiel des Easy Collage Effects wurde das Thema Afrika gewählt. Typische Tierarten und warme Farben kommen hier zum Einsatz. [...]

  14. 15/04/2009

    nice tutorial,thanks!!

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  16. 20/04/2009

    Beautiful Tut!!

  17. Great Tutorial, Keep the good work :)

  18. 28/04/2009

    Cool tut, i like the outcome, simple!!!

  19. peziwano
    30/04/2009

    very nice tut i love the textures thanx for that ;) congrats from mexico

  20. 01/05/2009

    nice one

  21. nin
    01/05/2009

    cool !!

    thanks

  22. vish
    10/05/2009

    nice tut thnx………….. i m really thankful to u………

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  24. 16/06/2009

    Cool tutorial. With this technique I think it an apply to lot of field.

  25. Tauq
    01/07/2009

    that’s gr8!!

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  27. 21/01/2010

    Awesome Work! A lovely collage. The tutorial is well explained.

  28. 26/01/2010

    This tutorial is great. Good job, keep it up!!!

  29. 23/03/2010

    i like this tutorial i’d like it even more it the web sites weren’t so old i could open the pictures needed to do this tutorial

  30. Trk
    23/04/2010

    Amazing! It’s a great job you do here!

  31. 17/08/2010

    Great tutorial! I have developed a site dedicated to collage and mixed media art. There is some cool stuff on there. You can check it out at http://www.kohlage.com.

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  33. 07/01/2011

    great job, fantastic picture at the end.

  34. 16/12/2011

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  38. 28/01/2012

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