(from April 3, 2004 collage chat.
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the chat transcript)
This is a beginner tutorial for creating a collage
in Paint Shop Pro. This tutorial is a very basic overview and
only covers the beginning stages of building a collage. There
are many ways to complete the steps outlined below, but I have
tried to provide what I feel are the easiest methods,
Also, the settings I have provided below are what worked on the
photos I used for this tutorial, but because photographs are so
different, you may need to adjust these settings to find a look
you are happy with. Collage design is totally unique, and doesn’t
have a “set” way of doing things. I am giving you
this tutorial as a starting base, but you will want to play with
the various settings
To find a look that is right for you! Be creative and have fun!
Open a new image, your new layout.
Copy and paste each photo onto a new layer. Place
them in the approximate location you’d like them to be.
You can move them around and place them later.
Choose a layer and work on that photo.
Select lasso tool. Set feather to about 25, anti-aliased
With lasso, select area of photo to keep. Then
hit select > invert.
Apply Gaussian Blur: adjust > blur > gaussion
blur. Be sure the preview box is checked so you can see how the
blur will apply. Find a nice blur you like, about 50 or so. Hit
Hit delete then okay.
Select another layer and repeat until all photos
have soft edged.
When you’ve got a look you are happy with,
you can merge all visible layers (layers > merge > merge
To give a softer look, duplicate your layer.
Working with the top layer, change the blend mode
Move to the bottom layer. Apply a Gaussain blur
at about 20.
Go back to top layer and reduce transparency so
the softness shows through.
Merge visible layers again.
For a printable version of this
Quick Class, click here