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How to Copy Image Layers for a Collage in Photoshop

Learn how to make a collage in Photoshop from certified trainer Scott Strong of The Training Farm in this Howcast Photoshop tutorial, part one of two.


Hey. This is Scott Strong, certified trainer from The Training Farm. Today I'm going to show you how to make collages in Photoshop. This is something my wife does a lot because she does a lot of digital scrapbooking.

So first off what I want to do is I just want to run through the different elements that we have to work with here. So starting off we have the side of a car and then we have this sort of watermarked piece of paper. We have a piece of paper with a print of the skyline of Paris. We have some wallpaper. We have a couple of flowers and I've taken the time to break the flowers down one by one, layer by layer. And we have a little bit of a cityscape. It looks more like a Manhattan kind of image.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start off with the image of Paris and I'm going to copy in the automobile side. I'm just going to go to this image of the car and I'm going to duplicate the layer. And I remember that the document that I wanted to go to was Paris layer, that's 094. I go over to 094 and you see that the car shows up right there. I'm just going to move it over to the side a little bit.

Next what I want to do is I want to copy in some of these flowers to the image so I'm just going to select all for the yellow flower. Go edit, copy. Go back to my Paris image. Go edit, paste. Move it over to the corner and I'll go back and get another flower. Choose the red flower this time. I'll go edit, copy. Go back to Paris. Edit, paste. And just so I don't loose track of what's what I'm going to change the names of these layers. So I'm going to say red flower and yellow flower for layer two here. And for the car layer I'm going to change the name of that to car. Let me just move the red flower over to the corner also.

As long as we have this bounding box on here I can rotate the flowers around a little bit. Give them a little more of an interesting look to them. I hit return on the keyboard to lock that into place. Maybe I'll rotate the yellow flower around a little bit as well.

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