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Collaging photos in Photoshop for posting in Blogger

Hi! This is Lyndsay, graphic designer of The Blog Guidebook! This is a tutorial for Photoshop and Photoshop elements users who want to create custom groupings of photos to post in Blogger. If you need a quick fix, try the collages available in Picnik, Photobucket and Flickr. These photo hosting sites offer ways to group and post your photos.

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Open all of the photos you would like to collage or group together. I started with the largest photo of the group in the examples below. Another very effective way to achieve this same result, is to start with a blank layout altogether. Just open a new file, with a blank white background. Then drag and scale all of your photos in the blank canvas. You will be able to move the layers around, and change the order of your photos, as well. You can alway change your canvas size to be larger if you need more space. It won't effect the resolution/quality of your photos to enlarge your canvas size. Just don't make the image size larger.

Don't fully understand what I mean by web and print resolution? Don't quite get why you can't scale UP? Read more HERE.

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Step 1: Open the WIDEST of the photos in the group/collage:

Step 2: Resize it if you would like. I resized this one to 10" wide at 300dpi.

Step 3:
Resize your canvas size from the bottom up.
I allowed for 15 inches in height, a little more than double the height of the original photo:

Step 4: Drag your other photos into the blank space that is now in the canvas above the original photo:

Step 4:
Crop the image down to the edges of the photos. Flatten the layers, and save the photo.
NOTE: You might have to fudge things and make the smaller photos you bring into the canvas a little larger or smaller by scaling them. It should not make that much of a difference on screen in terms of resolution if you scale them UP a tiny bit. But if you are concerned about printed resolution, it's best to start with all the images rather large, and scaling them DOWN by hand once you drag them into the canvas.

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