Collage with Layers
Thanks Sabine for the idea!
|To make the collage, I first decided on a few images that
would set the mood so to speak. Open a good size blank image to use as a canvas. I
made sure I increased the colors of each image to 16 million, then I began to cut and
paste them to my canvas AS NEW LAYERS (important part)!
||When you add an image as a new layer you can edit that part of your
collage individually, like I did above. I added the flowers and then I added them again
but on this second layer I edited the image by selecting IMAGE/MIRROR and then
IMAGE/ROTATE. You can also select the Move Tool (four headed arrow) and move the image to
a different place on the canvas. Next I added my second image as a new layer. As you can
see, it completely covered my first two layers. To get the lower layers to show through I
went to the layer control panel, and adjusted the opacity to about 20% so the flowers
would show through.
|Just continue to keep adding each image as a new layer. At this stage,
notice how one of my butterfly images' background overlaps the other image. What I did to
eliminate this was first, make the overlapping image the ACTIVE LAYER by selecting it in
the Layer Control Panel. Then I took the lasso tool and made a free-hand selection around
the butterfly (as close as I could get it. Then I choose SELECTION/INVERT and with the
background color selected as white (I don't know if that matters), I deleted then choose
SELECTION/SELECT NONE. Now you are free to change the opacity of the layers as you wish
without that overlapping edge of the background.
||Keep adding images and editing them until you reach the desired effect.
Remember that if you need to edit a particular image, just go to the Layer Control Panel
and select that image's layer then make any changes you need to make - just as if it was a
single image with no other attatched layers. Apply any effects to it, crop it, move it,
color it.... Each image remains an individual until you select LAYERS/MERGE or until you
save it in any file format other than a PSP file. This is the advantage of making a
collage with layers. One thing you may have noticed is that my canvas is also a layer. I
did this in case I wanted to add a little background color or texture. I would just flood
fill the background with the color or pattern and then change the opacity of it until I
reach the desired effect. The other positive with working with layers is that if you
decide that you want one particular image to be more in the foreground all you have to do
is click and hold your left mouse button on it in the Layer Control Panel and drag it to
the position order you want it to be. The higher on the list = the more in the foreground
it will be.
See the collage I did with my nephew here.