The thing with photo editing is that there is a lot to be learned. So much, that sometimes I forget how to do something that I have tried before. When I saw collage as a theme for this week’s photo challenge, I took the opportunity to make something a bit different than what I usually do. This is the result:
It has been a few years since I tried something like this, so I started by using these basic directions from Adobe. Having reviewed the instructions, I thought about the final image I wanted to create. I decided I wanted to focus on nature images taken within the last few months. I further decided that I wanted to use photos that I had posted on Instagram. When I post to Instagram I often stick with the square format and my nature images often are edited to be full of light and have a dream-like feel to them. This meant that the images would have some commonality, even if the subject differed slightly, and that would help keep the collage together visually.
One step I added to the basic directions was to drop the opacity of each of the photos while they were in separate layers in Photoshop. I did this to help create the linear but yet non-uniform borders within the collage. Once I was finished in Photoshop, in Lightroom I increased the clarity and saturation and darkened the corners a bit.
What do you think of my final photo? There are many ways to create a collage, do you have a favorite editing program to create them? Feel free to leave a comment below.