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    hello,

    i would like to try doing collages for fren's Rom. heard that photoshop can do it.

    can anyone give me some advise how to start. thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    hello,

    i would like to try doing collages for fren's Rom. heard that photoshop can do it.

    can anyone give me some advise how to start. thanks !
    Any graphics editor such as Photoshop Elements, PaintShop Pro, Photoshop etc can be used to create collages, it's really a matter of choice and how much work you want to do. There are even specialised collage software packages available for under $40 USD. Go do a google.com search and you'll find a wealth of information online.


    Photoshop specific tutorial links:

    http://www.tiemdesign.com/HOWTO/2000...ge/default.htm

    http://www.oceansong.com/photoshop/collage.html

    http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/17023.html

    http://www.carpenterdesigns.net/collage.html

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    Make sure all the images to be formed into a collage are of the same dpi.

    Creat a pasteboard which is your final size.

    Drag each image or cut and paste into each layer.

    You could have soft selection in each image for feather edges or hard deep etch around the subject.

    If you want you could fill the bottom most layer a colour or use an image as the background.

    Finally flatten all layers.

    It is a breeze to do a collage with Photoshop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion
    Make sure all the images to be formed into a collage are of the same dpi.

    Creat a pasteboard which is your final size.

    Drag each image or cut and paste into each layer.

    You could have soft selection in each image for feather edges or hard deep etch around the subject.

    If you want you could fill the bottom most layer a colour or use an image as the background.

    Finally flatten all layers.

    It is a breeze to do a collage with Photoshop.

    eeeer ! i guess it's my inability to use photoshop. i've not used it before and just got a 'chiong' one from fren. tried for the last few hours, finally have to exit cos stuck dunno wat to do.

    the advise given here is so simple, .... sigh.

    Do you guys learn to use photoshop by trial or must attend course one ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    eeeer ! i guess it's my inability to use photoshop. i've not used it before and just got a 'chiong' one from fren. tried for the last few hours, finally have to exit cos stuck dunno wat to do.

    the advise given here is so simple, .... sigh.

    Do you guys learn to use photoshop by trial or must attend course one ?


    Try the book 'The Photoshop Book For Digital Phographers' by Scott Kelby (Editor, Photoshop User Magazine). I am new to PS too, and the book does help (me) a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade
    Try the book 'The Photoshop Book For Digital Phographers' by Scott Kelby (Editor, Photoshop User Magazine). I am new to PS too, and the book does help (me) a lot.
    is it very ex, how much ? believe can get it from times, mph. thx !

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    there are some good photoshop books at the national library.=D

    spending time just playing with the tools in photoshop will help u learn

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    The key to collages in Photoshop is 'Layer Mask'...
    Assuming you've got the various layers already (note: when you paste, a new layer is automatically created)..

    1. Select layer
    2. Choose Menu>Layer>Add Layer Mask>Reveal All (Or click 2nd icon at bottom of layes palette)
    3. Click on the white space in the layers palette to the right of the chain/link
    4. Choose Brush tool (Shortcut: B)
    5. Choose Black Colour (Shortcut: D)
    (Note: till this point, it looks like nothing has happened yet to the graphics)
    6. Paint over the areas you want to 'mask' out... (ie.. making them transparent)

    Basically you use BLACK to paint transparency (mask out) and WHITE to paint opacity.

    (Tip: Change brush size using '[' or ']')
    (Tip: Switch between white & black by using 'D' & 'X')

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