Photoshop: Create a Photo Montage from a Single Image.


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a photo
montage of multiple shots from a single image. This is an update of a tutorial I did quite
a while ago on an earlier version of Photoshop. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subscriber
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know as soon as I upload new Photoshop tutorials. Open a photo you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The first step is to convert it into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click, “Convert to Smart Object”. For now, I’ll make 8 copies of it, since I’m going to make 7 or 8 separate, smaller photos from the large photo. You can always delete any extra copies later. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J for each copy. Scroll to the bottom. We want to hide all the layers in the Layers
panel except the bottom layer. To do this, Alt-click or Option-click the
eyeball icon next to the bottom layer. Make the bottom layer active. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. Next, we’ll create a Polaroid-style photo template that we’ll for each of our photos in the montage. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Open the Rectangular Marquee Tool and press
and hold Alt as you drag the tool out. Add the Shift key as you drag it to confine
it to a square shape. Check your foreground and background colors. If they’re not black and white respectively,
press the “D” key on your keyboard. Fill the selection with black by pressing
Alt or Option + Delete. Go to Select and “Transform Selection”. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it out approximately this
much. If you’re using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it out. Go to the bottom, middle anchor point and
drag it down approximately this much. If you’re using CC 2019, press the Shift as
you down it down. Then, press Enter or Return. We’ll make a new layer below the active layer by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. In this empty layer, we’ll fill the selection
with white and since white is our background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Click
the “fx” icon and click “Drop Shadow”. The Blend Mode is “Linear Burn”, the color
is black and the Opacity is 10%. Global Light is checked and the Angle is 135
degrees. The Distance is 30 pixels, the Spread is 0%
and the Size is 12 pixels. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. The Style is Inner Bevel and the Technique is Chisel Soft. The Depth is 100%, the Direction is Up, the
Size is 2 pixels and the Soften is 0. Global Light is checked, the Angle is 135
degrees and the Altitude is 30 degrees. The Highlight Mode is irrelevant, since its
Opacity is 0%. The Shadow Mode is Multiply, the color is
black and its Opacity is 20%. To save space in the Layers panel, let’s collapse the effects. Next, we’ll reposition and angle our small photo. Shift-click the black shape to make it active,
as well, and reduce their opacities, so we can see the photo under it. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Drag it to a section of the photo that you want to be part of your montage. Go to a corner and when you see a curved,
double-arrow, rotate to an angle you like. Finesse its position and to accept it, press
Enter or Return. Increase its opacity back to 100%. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the black shape to
make a selection of it. Make the image above it visible and active. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection. Since we have the shape as a layer mask, we
can delete the layer with that shape in it by making it active and either clicking the
“Delete” key or, on earlier versions of Photoshop, by dragging it to the Trash. We’ll place these two layers that comprise
our small photo into a folder by Shift-clicking the layer above the white shape and pressing Ctrl or Cmd + G. Drag the folder to the top of the Layers panel. Make a copy of the folder. Make the original folder active and reduce
its opacity. Press “v” to open your Move Tool and make
sure the “Auto-Select” icon is unchecked. Drag the copy to another location. Open your Transform Tool and drag the Transform’s Register Point to the center of the transparent photo. Rotate the photo to an angle you like and
finesse its position. Increase its Opacity back to 100% and open
the active folder. Drag the layer mask next to the photo under
the white shape. Make the angled image above the white shape
active and delete it. Make the image with the layer mask visible
and drag the layer above the white shape. Close the folder and make a copy of it. Make the bottom folder active and reduce its opacity. Drag it to another location, open your Transform
Tool and rotate and position it. Increase its opacity back to 100% and open
the active folder. Drag the layer mask next to the photo under
the white shape. Make the angled photo active and delete it. Make the photo with the layer mask visible
and drag it above the white shape. Close the folder and continue to follow these
steps to create the rest of your montage. If you’d like to bring some photos to the
front of others – no problem. Just drag those folders above the others that
you’d like to place in front of. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

33 Replies to “Photoshop: Create a Photo Montage from a Single Image.

  1. Master. Tks for educating. Tried it's working. Keep rocking with more. Training programme. Ian from. Mother country. INDIA

  2. Thanks so much, Master! Just a few minutes for much learning easily and with pleasure. Much appreciated! All my respects and all my gratitude, Sir.. "Salam" from Algeria..

  3. the editing is good and the tutorial is very easy to understand, I follow every video posted, if I may ask, I will be very thankful if I make a vector face tutorial from beginning to end.

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