Since we’ve been working hard in November to add more downloadable photos and their related color palettes to Colormusing’s new online shop, I thought I’d take a break and show you something simple-but-stunning to do with them: A 2-layer montage to use as a Facebook cover image!
Here’s how to do it.
Note: As for all my A Musing tutorials, I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. However, the functions I use for virtually everything I do (including this tutorial) are part of Photoshop Elements, as well as other popular paint-type applications. If you’re using PS Elements or something other than Photoshop for your version of this tutorial, I’d love to know what your results are!
- Create a new document, 851 x 315 pixels (if you’re making a Facebook cover image, as shown in my example).
2. Choose your photo, open it, and resize it:
3. After resizing, Select All, Copy, Paste the photo into your new document:
4. Repeat this resizing process with your palette:
5. As for the photo, Select All, Copy, Paste the palette into the document:
6. Select the photo layer, and add a mask:
7. Choose the Gradient tool:
8. Click and drag to create your mask.
9. When you like your mask effect, apply the mask: Go to Layer — Layer Mask — Apply.
Tip: If you suddenly hate your mask effect, before Applying it, go to Layer — Mask — Delete, then start over at Step 6.
Isn’t that pretty? (I just love doing this kind of thing!) Now all that’s left to do is…
10. Save your montage to use on Facebook: Go to File — Save for Web, choose your image settings (you probably don’t need Maximum quality for Facebook use, for example), then hit Save.
Now just upload your beautiful new cover montage to your Facebook page, and let the admiration begin!
Now that you’ve mastered the basics of creating montages, go on and experiment with blending your own photos together! You’ll feel like an artist— and your Facebook page will thank you.