What do you do when your camera is being bionically worked on and there you are with no camera for a week or two?
Remember all those photos you have stashed on your computer? You know, the ones that you said “some day I will do something with these?” Here’s your chance.
Find the folders, the psd’s, the jpg’s and the RAW files to work with. Open your Photoshop app and begin to import those photos that seem to all go together. Open no more than 6 or 7. Open a new file, a letter size, at 225 dpi. Now open one of your photos, grab the layer and pull it over to this document. Do this with all 6 photos. If they are too large, transform them into smaller. If they are too small, transform larger. Make any adjustments to color or to levels now.
Use your lasso tool with a pixel rating of about 25 and encircle a photo. Go to Inverse and then delete. You should have a fuzzy outlined photo. Do this with all your photos so that you have no hard photo edges. Now start to arrange your photos into a collage. Make some small, some large. Variety is the spice of life!
Add text to your collage. Choose a color that is predominant in your collage. Use the dropper tool to select the color. Make your type fairly large so it is readable from a distance. Use drop shadows and outlines.
Your collage is finished!
There is a multitude of techniques you can use on your collage to make it more individual. But for the most part, you have a nice collection of your photos and now you can print this out and put it in a frame or give as a gift!
So don’t let a “camera-less” situation stop you from playing in photoshop!