Quick Collage Basics: Week Two

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.

Week Two: Resizing and Stretching

It’s easy to resize templates to fit your page (or shrink them to use as tiny accents, as Jennifer Perks did on this nature page and the back-to-school layout shown below.) Or you can stretch templates to bridge a two-page layout.


1. Navigate to Image>Image Size. In the dialog box that opens up, check “Constrain Proportions” and enter the new size under “Document Size.”


1. To stretch a collage, go to Image>Image Size and make sure the “Constrain Proportions” box is not checked.

2. Enter a new width or height under “Document Size,” press ok, and see the results.

Here are some examples of layout using resized or stretched collages.

Valerie Salmon enlarged this collage so it takes up more space on her 12×12″ layout.

Melissa Inman stretched this collage before trimming it.

Jennifer Perks resized the circle collage to create a cute spinner accent.

Have you made a page using a digital template? What techniques would you like to learn more about? Leave a comment and let us know! And check back next Tuesday for Week Three: Combining and Deleting template blocks.

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