Quick Collage Basics: Week One

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.

Rotating

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.

Flipping

1. Open the digital template in image-editing software then navigate to Image>Image Rotation.

2. Select Flip Canvas Horizontal or Flip Canvas Vertical depending on the look you want.

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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  1. Fantastic – thanks for sharing these!

  2. [...] 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. Missed Week One? You can find the tutorial for flipping and resizing templates here. [...]

  3. [...] See Week One: Flipping and Rotating. [...]

  4. [...] The ‘I Scrap, U Scrap’ Blog is running a six week blog series with tutorials on creating collages. The tutorials are gears towards collages and, in particular, using their free photo templates. But, the information they’re giving is good in general and they’re using Adobe Photoshop, so you might want to check it out. Week 1 is about Rotating and Flipping. [...]