Use Photoshop Elements to Create a Collage

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 is the best sports photography image editing software I have used for someone who wants a little more control over editing their sports photos than the most basic features offered in most photo organizers and don’t want to pay the insanely high price that Adobe Photoshop CS4 costs. I won’t go into the details of the overall program in this article, but rather focus on one feature that many may find useful when they are feeling creative.

The collage feature lets you place a number of photos onto a single page in a variety of designs. You are given the options to rearrange and size each photo individually to your preference. After creating your collage you are can then save or print the final output. This is a great way to send a family member or friend the shots from last weeks soccer game in a fun and unique way.

The first thing you need to do is find the photos you want to use for your collage. You can either grab your photos from the organizer or just drag and drop them from your file folder to the Photoshop Express workspace.

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If you are in the organizer you can simply select the photos, click the create tab and select Photo Collage. If you have dragged the photos directly into Photoshop Express, you can click the create tab as well and select Photo Collage as well.

Now you have a variety of templates you can choose from. You will want to click the template you want to use and then click the done button near the bottom right of the window.

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Photoshop Express will now place the photos you had selected into one template file. If you happened to have selected more photos than would fit on one template, it will give you multiple pages you can select from at the bottom of the window. Now that you have a basic layout, you can start working on arranging and resizing the individual photos.

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To move a photo to a different place, you just click and drag it around the window. To resize the photo you click on the photo you want to work with and click and drag a corner of the photo until it’s the size you would like. You may also notice a circle icon underneath the photos as well. If you click and drag this icon it will rotate your photo depending on which direction you drag your mouse. Alternatively you can simply click and drag your mouse outside of the photo boundaries to rotate your photo as well. You may also want to note that after doing your adjustments you may need to click the green check mark that appears or press the Enter key on your keyboard. This will finalize your adjustments and let you continue editing other photos.

There are a number of other options you can use found under a menu accessed by right clicking on the photo you want to use them on. For example to send a photo behind another one, right click on the front photo and select “Send Backward”. You can also resize the photo to fill more of the frame that it is constrained to through the same menu. It’s also worth noting that your photos are simply different layers on your one file. This means that if you go back to the edit tab, you can do all the adjustments you would normally have access to.

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Once you are happy with your final creation, you can simply save it, print it, or do whatever other tasks you would do to any other file created in Photoshop Express.

Terance

ProPix Photography

The Sports Photography Professionals

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