Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Photoshop Tutorial

I got several requests for a tutorial on how to make an image montage in Photoshop, as I did for my post "Sketchbook in Progress".  This is a little different as it is on a white background with a drop shadow rather than on a black background.

 I did create the tutorial, and am offering it as a download.  If you are new to Photoshop and want a fairly simple project to begin with, this may be for you.  I use Photoshop CS3, but the tutorial is adaptable to Photoshop Elements as well.  It covers:
  • Re-sizing and image
  • Selecting with the Marquee tool
  • Using the grid for layout
  • Using the Move tool
  • Working in Layers
  • Cropping an image
  • Creating a drop-shadow
  • Flattening an image
  • Saving as a JPEG file for optimal web viewing
Image Montage Tutorial $5
(My link software seems not to be functioning right now, so if you click on "Buy Now", I will e-mail you the tutorial as an attachment).

I find that, not being a computer wiz, I learn new software best by acquiring the skills for a specific project, rather than learning all about each tool.  So I'm planning a short series of tutorials in Photoshop that approach it that way.

I use Photoshop a lot to format, size, and color correct images for my website and blog.  I use it to make flyers, postcards, greeting cards, and other print items.  And I use it to "knit together" an image that I've scanned in parts, one that is bigger than my scanning bed.  I occasionally use Photoshop to audition colors or collage elements, but I don't use it to make "digital art".  I'm addicted to the materials themselves.  How do you use Photoshop or other image editing software?  Would you be interested in other project-based tutorials?


  1. awesome tutorial check out more @

  2. i would love project based tutorials, i think we learn this way because we were not the tech generation, like my kids who grew up with computers, and now my little grndkids start on the iPhones, scrolling at age 2! can't wait to see what their generation will create! did u ever make these tutorials? aloha, angi in hana

  3. Printing on greeting cards! How crazy this makes me, after jumping through all the image size/print set up hoops, then again and again the image is NOT centered, but half off the page. I can't find anyone to help figure it out. Is this something you are more successful at?


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