How to Make a Collage with Rounded Corners in Photoshop

January 8, 2013


A friend asked me if I could show her how I made this collage of my baby's many different faces.  Since I've googled tutorials or had friends gracious enough to show me practically everything I know how to do in Photoshop Elements, I'm passing it forward.  I still don't know all the ins and outs of Photoshop; I'm still learning!  And while there might be easier ways to do what I do, I'll show you how I do it anyhow.  Hope this helps!

1. First, open up Photoshop Elements.

2. Press ctrl-alt-N to create a new blank document/picture.  Select the size you want.

 :: I want to use two inch squares.  Since I am going to be making a collage three squares wide and two squares tall, I will make my document 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall--adding some for a tiny bit of space between my pictures.  My blank document will now be 6.4 inches wide and 4.3 inches tall.  Yeah, I'm a bit overly detailed, I know.  (Or you can make it super easy on yourself by creating an extra big document, placing all of your squares just right, and then cropping it.)


3. Next, select the shape tool.  Choose the rounded corner rectangle.  At the top of the screen, you can adjust how round your corners are by changing the radius, or how many pixels it cuts out.  I reset mine to 110 pixels.  Then pull down some options from the blue rectangle at the top.  Select "Fixed Size" and enter 2 inches by 2 inches.  Now click on your blank document to "paste" your square!  Click five more times to get six squares. 4. Select the transform tool, ctrl-T, and drag your squares into place.


5. To use this same collage later, save it as a PSD file.  This is a photoshop specific file that remembers all of your layers!

 6. Now open the six pictures you want in your collage.  Using the transform tool, select the square you want the picture to be in.  Drag your picture to the collage.  Press ctrl-G to create a clipping mask to that square.  Now your picture will only show within that shape.  Transform/shrink your picture to fit within the square.  Do it five more times!

7. Flatten your image.  Save!

8.  To put it on the web for the world to see, press ctrl-alt-I.  I shrink all my pictures to 700 or 800 pixels wide for my blog.  Save as a jpeg for the web!  Voila!!!  You now have a really cute collage.   And you now have the know-how to apply this to create more collages and even do some digital scrap-booking.

Stay tuned for another how-to on using the rounded corner shape tool to make rounded corner pictures.

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