A free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.
I have been doing Texture Tuesdays since May 2011. I have missed very few. They have been a lot of fun for me. And, they still are. I appreciate all the textures that Kim has made for us. She has been most generous, as most of my textures I have received free by being on her Texture Mailing List.
For today's free & easy edition, I would like to show you how to create a photos tossed on a table collage effect. I will actually do it using only one image. Here is the image I started with.
I ended up with this.
I thought about it a little more. Using one more of Kim's textures, I now ended with this.
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I am fortunate to live near the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. They have special shows throughout the year. The photo I started with is one I took during the Fall Chrysanthemum Show in 2009. I opened the image in Photoshop CS6 on my iMac.
For the technique of making a tossed on a table collage from just one image, I need to make this image into a pattern. Under the Edit Menu click on Define Pattern.
This creates the image as a pattern and gives you the option to name the pattern. I named my pattern Flowers. Then I clicked OK to close the dialog box.
Next, I created a new layer by clicking on the Create a new layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. I want to fill the new layer with the color black. There are several ways to do this. I used the key board short cut, shift - delete / backspace, to open the Fill dialog. Then I clicked on the Use drop down and selected black from the menu. Then clicked OK.
This fills the layer with black. However, depending on what you want, you can select any color that you want.
Now, I want to make the boxes that will be the photo within a border to look like a photo tossed onto a table. In the Tool bar, select the Rectangle Tool
In the Option Bar, make sure you select Shape. This may look different in earlier versions of Photoshop.
Then click on the Fill box to open the color picker. I selected a medium gray so that it would show up against the black.
Then, draw a rectangle the size you want your individual photos to be. This now a shape layer. You can tell this by the little icon in the lower right of the thumbnail. In older Photoshop this may show as a layer mask in the layer.
Now, I want to add some Layer Styles to this rectangle. You can open the Layer Styles dialog by clicking the fx box at the bottom of the Layer panel. Or, you can open the dialog by double clicking in the layer to the right of the name.
Click on the word Stroke to open the Stroke dialog.
In the Stroke dialog, I changed the Size to 40 pixels. Set the Position to Inside so that I get square corners. If you use Outside, you get rounded corners. I clicked on the Color box and changed the color to white.
Don't click on OK yet. Click on the words Pattern Overlay. This opens the Pattern Overlay dialog.
Click on the downward arrow next to the Pattern box. This opens the pattern picker. Scroll to the bottom. The pattern we made at the beginning will be the last one showing. Click on it to select it. Then click somewhere in the dialog to close the picker. But, don't click OK yet.
Make sure that under the Pattern box, Link with Layer is not checked. And, click on Snap to Origin. This will keep the pattern anchored to the top left corner of the layout. Now,click OK.
We now have one of our photos on the table top.
Now, let's move and/or rotate the rectangle of the photo. We only move/rotate the frame, not the flowers in the frame since they are in the pattern which is locked in position. Go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Or, use the keyboard shortcut, command / control - T. Since we created the rectangle with the Rectangle Tool as a Shape, it is in reality a path. You could open the Paths Panel and see it is there if you want.
This puts the transform handles on the rectangle. You can move it, resize it or rotate it. I will just rotate it and move it. Have the Move Tool selected. To rotate the box, put the cursor outside the rectangle and you will see the little curved doubled headed arrow. Just move the cursor to how you want it rotated, Notice that the flowers within the rectangle change to that area of the original flowers in the beginning image.
Now, the magic of this method starts. Duplicate the layer, command / control - J. Keep the Move Tool selected. Move the rectangle to a new location. Use command / control - T to rotate the rectangle. The image of the flowers in the rectangle are the ones in the pattern. Repeat . . . duplicate layer . . . move . . . rotate. Repeat . . . duplicate layer . . . move . . . rotate. Do this as many times as the number of photos you want on your table. Here I have made a total of four photos.
I selected Layer 2, the black layer, and brought in Kim's texture kk_golden in the layer above it. And, I turned off the visibility of the black layer by clicking on the eyeball at the front of the layer.
Now, to unclutter the layer panel a little, I clicked on the little arrow to the right of the fx symbol in the layer. Clicking on the little arrow hides and shows the Effects in the layer. I hid them in the top three layers, leaving them showing in the first rectangle layer. You don't have to do this. I did it just to unclutter.
Now, I want to add a Drop Shadow to the rectangle. I double clicked on the word Effects in the Rectangle 1 layer. This opens the Layer Styles dialog. It shows that we have a Stroke and a Pattern Overlay. Click on the words Drop Shadow to open the Drop Shadow dialog.
I set the Blend Mode to Color Burn, I like this better than Multiply for a drop shadow. I then clicked on the color box showing black. This opens the color picker. I selected a dark reddish-brown for my drop shadow color.
Then, I selected an angle of about 120 degrees (117 in my case, here) (Or, make it any angle you want for where you want your shadow to be) . . . made Distance 60 pixels and Size 60 pixels.
Now I have a drop shadow for the top right rectangle. It is a little hard to see in this screen image.
Now I want to put the drop shadow on each of the rectangles. I right clicked in the Rectangle 1 layer to open the context menu. I selected Copy Layer Style.
Then I selected all three of the other Rectangle layers, right clicked on one of them to open context menu, and selected Paste Layer Style.
Now all the Rectangles have the drop shadows, too.
Then, I selected the texture layer and reduced the Opacity to 80%. This way you can see a hint of flowers through the texture.
I thought this was quite nice. Here it is.
But, then I thought . . . What if?
I Grouped all the Rectangle layers into a Group by selecting all the four layers . . . go to the menu at the top right of the layer panel . . . select Make new group from layers.
Then, I brought in Kim's texture kk_annie at the top of the layer stack. Here is what the texture looks like with Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
I thought the color of the texture would look great on the flowers in the Rectangles. I clipped the texture layer to the Group. That's why I put Rectangles into a Group so I could clip the texture into all Rectangles at the same time. Then I changed the blend mode to Hue. This gave the hue of the texture to the flowers in the Rectangles.
I am very happy with this result. So, it is my final edit. Here it is.
I know this was rather long. But, it is rather easy to do once you see how. It's nice to make a collage just from one image.
That's all for now.
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