Welcome to Quick Collage Basics, a six week blog series sharing basic techniques for our free photo templates. Each week I’ll post a new tutorial featuring a technique readers frequently ask about. All of the tutorials will be in Adobe Photoshop, but leave a comment if you have questions about adapting the instructions to the software you use.
Week One: Rotating and Flipping
Rotating and flipping collages can be a great solution if the collage includes several horizontal blocks but most of your photos are vertical, or if you’re just looking to add a little variety to your collage pages.
1. Open the digital template in image-editing software then navigate to Image>Image Rotation.
2. Select the amount you’d like to rotate the collage by choosing one of the pre-set options, such as the 90° clockwise shown in this screen shot. To rotate the collage to a different degree, select arbitrary and enter in the amount you would like to rotate.
Here are a few examples of pages with rotated or flipped collages.
Erikia Ghumm rotated this collage counterclockwise.
Melissa Inman flipped this collage.
Amy Licht rotated this shape collage and split it across a two-page layout.
Melissa Inman flipped her canvas vertically and then horizontally to create the collages on this two-page layout.
What Quick Collage techniques would you like to learn about? Check in next week for step-by-step info on stretching and resizing the collages.
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