A grid collage is a collection of photographs that are arranged such that they fill equally spaced and equally sized squares on the canvas. The grid collage does not necessarily need to follow the exact format of a grid, and photographs can take up more than a single grid square. For instance, some photographs can be 3 squares by 2 squares, while others are 4 squares by 4 squares; combining differently shaped photographs into the grid will make for a more interesting grid collage.
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Create a new image in Photoshop by clicking on the "File" menu and choosing "New." Enter the dimensions of the image that match the final size you would like your grid collage to be. However, your dimensions must each be a multiple of 50. For instance, your collage may be 500 pixels by 500 pixels or 350 pixels by 600 pixels.
Open a photograph you would like to add to the collage in Photoshop by clicking on the "File" menu and choosing "Open." Scroll to the image file, highlight it and click "OK" to open the file.
Select the Crop tool from the toolbox.
Choose the size you want the photograph to be in the collage. The size can be anything, provided it fits into the collage. However, the dimensions must be a multiple of 50. Subtract 2 from each dimension before cropping. For instance, if you want the photo to be 100 pixels by 50 pixels, the crop size should be 98 pixels by 48 pixels.
Enter the crop size into the "Width" and "Height" values in the top toolbar. This will set your crop tool to automatically make a crop box equal to the dimensions you input.
Click anywhere on the photograph to make a crop box. Drag the box around by clicking and dragging your mouse. When you are satisfied with the position of the box, double-click the box to crop the image.
Access the "Select" menu and choose the option "All." Go to the "Edit" menu and choose "Copy." Click on the collage canvas, and choose "Paste" from the "Edit" menu.
Click on the photo in the collage canvas, and drag it to the top left corner of the collage. The photo will automatically snap into place at the corners. Press the right arrow key twice and the down arrow key twice to nudge the photo 2 pixels away from the top and left borders.
Repeat Steps 2 through 7 for every image you want to include in the collage. Move each subsequent photograph next to the one you placed previously to make it snap into place at the borders of the image. Then, use your arrow keys to nudge the photo so that there is a 2-pixel space between each image.
Tips and warnings
- Plan ahead to make sure you can fit all of your photographs into the collage in a size that you like. It may help to think of your canvas and each photo in terms of the grid. For instance, divide the dimensions of your canvas by 50 to arrive at the number of boxes that will fit into each dimension. For instance, if you are working on a 600 pixel by 400 pixel image, your canvas will support 12 boxes on one dimension and 8 boxes on the other. Then, divide each of your photographs in the same way to determine how many boxes they will need.
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