Creating A Photo Canvas In Photoshop Elements

In my request for memory keeping questions post last week one of the first was about how to create photo collages in Photoshop for printing. I've got more answers to the other questions coming soon but wanted to begin with this tutorial.

Here's my process for creating photo canvases in Photoshop Elements (there's lots of different ways you can achieve these same results). Feel free to ask additional questions in the comments section below.

AE | Creating A Photo Canvas In Photoshop Elements from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Here's some written instructions/reminders from that go along with the content of the video:

  1. File/New. Create a new canvas. Let's say 8 inches x 10 inches at 300dpi.

  2. View/Grids to turn on the grid.

  3. File/Open to select the photos you'd like to add to your canvas.

  4. Use the black arrow (move tool) to drag and drop a photo onto your canvas.

  5. Use the corner marks to click and drag to re-size the photo. Use the grids as guides for lining things up.

  6. Utilize the crop tool bar where you can set the width, height, and dpi before cropping. It would be super simple to set to 2x2 (at 300dpi) to crop your photos before adding them to the larger canvas.


  • If you want to skip Photoshop Elements/Photoshop check out Google's free photo editing software Picasa (thanks for the suggestion Maria). Picasa has tools to help you quickly and easily create photo collages.

  • Cathy did a video tutorial on creating multi-photo grids in Photoshop for my Tuesday Tutorial series back in 2009. It's a great tutorial that gives you a look at her process.

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