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.


OTHER TUTORIALS and IDEAS



  • 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.

17 thoughts

  1. Tracy

    2011-05-04 14:17:33 +0200

    I can totally vouch for Picasa here. It works wonderfully and is a great program, period.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  2. Michelle

    2011-05-04 19:08:13 +0200

    Ali, I am *so* grateful that you took the time to answer my question. You absolutely made my day. Understanding this process will simplify my photo printing process immensely and will make it a more streamlined process to get the photos into my book & the memories recorded. Your tutorial was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    And, while I'm here, I just wanted to let you know that I have followed your work for years and love your approach to capturing stories in your scrapbooking. It has reminded me that part of what I love about this craft is that it is preserving those moments that otherwise would be lost as the years pass. Thank you for serving as an inspiration to capture those "ordinary" moments.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  3. Mary

    2011-05-04 19:29:59 +0200

    Thanks so much for your response, Annie! I will give it another try ~

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  4. Juanita

    2011-05-04 22:27:40 +0200

    Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial Ali. I'm gonna try this!

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  5. ShellyP

    2011-05-04 23:54:52 +0200

    Picassa is free, you can get a subscription for Picnik for around $2.00 or so to have access to other editing software.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  6. Sierra Beaton

    2011-05-05 00:17:07 +0200

    Thanks for the post. I love scrapbooking with photo grids! Another easy resource for making quick multi-photo canvases is Photo Sheet found at www.photility.com

    Ali- The PDF download link in the CZ tutorial post is broken.

    Thanks again!

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  7. Christine

    2011-05-05 05:02:59 +0200

    Thanks for posting this tutorial. I wanted smaller pictures for my scrapbook on the road and it didn't occur to me to use the grid. I also like learning the keyboard short cuts as well.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  8. sansku

    2011-05-05 17:33:09 +0200

    www.photoscape.org
    photoscape is a free photoediting program as well. very easy to do collages with it.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  9. Leora Henkin

    2011-05-05 17:41:01 +0200

    Thanks Ali. This was wonderful. I learned a lot. I have an issue with printing from PSE to my printer. They seem to have trouble talking to eachother. For the 4x6 you did, would you print that as borderless? I always have to fidget between letter size and borderless 8.5 x 11 and sometimes the measurement on the screen is not the same as the printed measurement. Do you have any advice here?

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  10. Michelle Macpherson

    2011-05-06 06:53:16 +0200

    Hi Ali,

    I noticed when you re-size an image that your lock symbol is only on width and height in PSE. Mine is on all three and I can't seem to change it?

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  11. Getting Started With Digital Scrapbooking | Ali Edwards

    2011-05-07 19:00:34 +0200

    [...] Creating a photo canvas in Photoshop [...]

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  12. Sharon in California

    2011-05-10 03:35:58 +0200

    Great video. I learned alot. I am someone who needs visuals to learn. I would also like to know how to put text over a photo in PSE.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  13. Ali

    2011-05-11 02:23:23 +0200

    Thanks for the editorial. I try not to print too may pictures at home because I find the cost of ink is just not worth it. So tell me how I can do this and have them printed at places like Costco?
    Ali

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  14. Blog Larson

    2011-08-03 19:18:22 +0200

    Digital Scrapbookers have slight difficulty when dealing with photoshop elements. Admittedly, I had the same problem at the beginning. However, I came to learn the skill and find it really helpful. Picassa is also good, much easier to use than Adobe Photoshop.

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  15. Angel

    2012-02-09 18:30:58 +0100

    Thanks for the video! I am a new digi scrapper after 14 years of traditional scrapbooking and just could not figure out how to crop something within a scrapbook page. I've spent days looking for this and you make it so easy! Thanks again :)

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
  16. http://thealchemistdesign.co.nz/

    2013-05-20 05:49:51 +0200

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It's the little changes which will make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!

    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
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    2014-03-16 16:52:58 +0100

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    * edited 08/11/14 01:24PM
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