How to make picture collages

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How to make picture collages
Commemorate your relationship with a collage of photographs. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Collages involve cut out images placed together. Some collages feature small images used to make one larger image while other collages feature a collection of images designed to represent an idea. Some people make collages to commemorate a vacation or their history as a couple. You can make collages using physical pictures of you can create a photo collage using any image editing program, such as Photoshop, Corel Draw or Photoscape.

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Things you need

  • Image editing software
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Permanent markers (optional)

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    On Paper

  1. 1

    Assemble the photographs you wish to use in your collage. There are no specific collage requirements since creating a collage is a creative project. Photograph options include pictures of specific people, places or objects. You may wish to use only pictures of European castles or only pictures of your family.

  2. 2

    Place a sheet of construction paper or poster board on a flat surface, such as a table.

  3. 3

    Cut your photographs into shapes or cut out certain people or objects, if desired. Shape options include squares, circles, ovals and diamonds. You may wish to cut all of the pictures into one unique shape, such as a flower, rabbit ears or headphones. Use a variety of different shapes for a more interesting collage, such as the shapes of headphones, guitars and boom boxes for a collage on music.

  4. 4

    Paste one photograph to the paper using glue. Allow the photograph to dry for three to five minutes.

  5. 5

    Place a drop of glue over the area on the paper where you wish to add the next photograph. Most collages utilise some overlap of photographs, but the degree of overlap is up to you. Press the photograph over the glue and allow it to dry for three to five minutes.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process until you have attached all of the photographs to the paper. Accentuate the collage with decorative objects such as stickers, glitter or permanent markers.

    Digital Collage

  1. 1

    Open an image editing software by double-clicking on its icon.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Add New Layer" button in the "Layers" window.

  3. 3

    Click on the "File" button and scroll to "Import." Click on the "Photos" folder and highlight the image you wish to import into the collage. Press "Ok." Click on the picture and drag it to the place you want it to sit in the collage.

  4. 4

    Click on the eraser tool and erase the portion of the image you do not want to include in the collage. Crop the image evenly by clicking on the crop tool and dragging it over the area you want to save.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process until you have added all of the pictures you wish to use to the collage.

Tips and warnings

  • Use photographs with a similar hue and exposure for the best-looking collage.

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