How To Make Product Collages For Your Blog

How to make product collages for your blogWe often get asked how we create the collages we share here on the blog. Honestly, there are a lot of different ways you can make a collage. They are super fun to make! Today I want to share a basic method that you can use with Adobe Photoshop Elements

1Step 1. Shop! My favorite part of the collage making process is the shopping part! For this collage I picked our some items from my favorites list on Etsy to share. As a general rule, white backgrounds will make your process much easier. Don't worry, you can erase the background if you need to it's just a little bit more time consuming. 

2Step 2. Save images and links. As you are gathering items for your collage keep them organize. I like to keep mine together on my desktop, for quick referance. Be sure to also save the links as you go along! 

3Step 3. Open all your images in Adobe Photoshop Elements. 

4Step 4. Begin a new file. Choose File>New>Blank File. This pop-up menu will appear. You can choose the size you want your file to be. I generally make my images 1000 pixels across for web stuff. If you plan to print your file out in the future, you will need to make it larger. 

5Step 5. Crop & Resize. To crop you select the crop button. (Seen here in the left hand column, it's the third one down to the farthest left.) Then simply crop around your photo, freeing your image of any extra white space. 

5bTo resize: First, be sure you have checked the buttons pointed out here. Then, change the width or the height. (the other will change automatically) Press OK and you're good! 

6. Copy/Paste. To copy your product image first crop around it, then press Edit>Cut. Next, move over to your new/blank file. Press Edit>Paste. 

77. Use key pad arrows to move your item. First select the top left button. Then, move your item with the arrows on your keypad until you are happy with it's placement. 

Tip: I usually place the larger items (or focal points) on my collage first. This makes it a little easier to create a balanced design. 

8. After you are finished pasting images choose Layer>Flatten. 

99. Erase the backgrounds. The tools pointed out on the above image are 1- The eraser tool. Choose this to erase the background. Also make sure white is the bottom color selected on your color swatches below. 2. Brush menu. You can choose from different brushes on this drop down menu. Choose something basic for this step. 3. Brush size. This is important. I use a very large brush to erase most of the background and then switch to a small brush to clean up the edges around a product. 

You can see that my pink arrow is pointing to a section I had already erased. This process is a little bit tedious, but much quicker than a lot of other methods! 

1010. Add Fonts. 1. Select the font tool. 2. Choose a color for your font. (top swatch- I chose mustard yellow) 3. Choose a font. Adobe Photoshop Elements comes with fonts. You can also download fonts from the internet and install them. 4. Choose your font size. After you have done these things, click anywhere on the photo and you can start typing. You can move your font around with your mouse until you like the placement. 

10bI used a different font and color to add numbers. This time I typed my numbers out, normally I use actual numbers. When you are putting the numbers on your collage be sure to open a new layer for each number. This is helpful because you can go back and move them around while you are still adding. After you are happy with the placement of all the numbers you can flatten your image. 

1111. Use periods to point to products. Before I had a tablet to draw arrows I made dotted lines on my collages using periods (or dashes). It's simple and cute. 

11bIf you want your dashed lines to curve, simply rotate the photo to add more! 

Done! Now you're ready to save your photo and post it on your blog with links! Maybe a little something like this- 

12THINGS I LOVE:one.two.three.four.five.six.

Cool! I hope this has been helpful. Like I said before, this is just one method. Collages are really fun to make and the more you practice, the more creative you will become! XO. Elsie 

Thanks so much to Adobe Photoshop Elements for collaborating with me on this article! You can follow them here…Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Pinterest

  • Hello,
    This was super helpful on how to make a collage, however, are the images not copyrighted? I am in the process of making a favorites list, with links, however, was hesitant to use images of the products online.
    Love your website!

    Laura

    • Hi Laura! We always link our images to the product and have never come across any copyright issues.

  • Are there any copyright infringements that happen when you copy images from Etsy?

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I have such a hard time figuring out Photoshop but this made it very simple for me to make my first product collage!

  • Awesome tutorial! Do you run into any copyright laws with doing this? I’m looking to start a blog and was really wondering on this. Thank you!

  • This was super helpful! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been trying to figure out how to create photos like this for my blog and now I know!

  • Thanks for sharing! I always have a problem with properly erasing weird colour backgrounds from my product collages but I’m definitely going to try that flatten and erase tip out!

    Martha xo
    Martha Dahhling

  • These steps are great… however for my blog I either use polyvore.com or sumopaint.com (free and little simpler than photoshop).
    My fashion culture blog: www.soignex.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love the way you make your collages. Mines are a bit boring and simple. Now I will practice with this great tip!

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Samantha x

  • HOLY COW, how did I not notice that you used my Nova earrings when I first saw this!? Thank you! I love your blog, and I’m so happy that you like my jewelry.
    Happy day 🙂
    Laurel

  • This is going to sound tres stupid but – how do I open all the images at once? My photoshop just opens one.

  • Thank you so much for sharing! Because of your helpful tips, I just published my first product collection. I had been trying to figure it out on my own for a week or two now, but your steps made is very easy. Thanks again!

  • Thanks for this! I did a basic one for my post the other day.

    Jackellyn, In the waiting line
    http://jackellynsq.blogspot.com/

  • This was so helpful. Thank you for sharing.

    Erin
    http://casualstayathome.blogspot.com

  • This is so helpful! I will post what I’ve created tomorrow as my outfit inspiration.

    Thank you!!! xo

  • Awesome – thanks so much for this tute! I never could figure out an easy way to remove the extra white space. xo

  • Brilliant tutorial. I’m going to have to give this a whirl on my blog with my next few purchases!

  • Thanks for all the great tutorials on making a better blog…me and my friend were inspired to start one of our own, and your tips are great!! I’ve also found Polyvore is great for creating collages…

    Thanks again!
    Rachel

  • Just so you know, it is possible to rotate just the text box, rather than the entire image, when doing the dots. It’s one of the options along the top.

    🙂

  • you are AMAZING! Thank you so much! This is so helpful for a new blogger like myself 🙂

  • Oh. My. Gosh. I am LUSTING over that pink cow skull! AHH! If only it was cheaper!

  • I’ve found that Polyvore is helpful if you’re just doing a collage with clothes/accessories!

  • Great Tutorial! And I love the clever use of periods!

    stacysinspirationboard.blogspot.com

  • Great, well explained tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    http://buttonsapart.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is sooo useful cheers for it !!

    – EDDY XX

    http://urbanenglishrose.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Nice post. You can also do dotted lines by setting your brush spacing to 100%, clicking on the start point of your line, then holding the SHIFT key while clicking on the end point – it’s a teeny bit faster and saves you having to rotate your images/text. 🙂

  • If you don’t have photoshop you can just do it in Polyvore and install the “Polyvore” clipper and clip as you go.
    If you’ve never used polyvore or the clipper before, the clipper automatically sends whatever you want from a particular page to your “my items” and it pulls all the info (link and price) and then you can arrange them in anyway you’d like into a collage.

    It’ll save those who don’t have Photoshop a lot of money. It also saves a lot of time too. I have a template for my weekly feature that I use on there and I just pop in 6 items, publish the collage and BAM! It’s done. They even give you HTML to copy. Pretty easy.

    http://saraivy.org

  • Thanks for this! I’ve been struggling with my “share” posts and just in time for “Thursday’s are for wish lists”!

  • looks great!! I don’t have photoshop but should get it :/
    http://www.curlsandbags.com

  • You forgot the part where you ask permission to use someone else’s photos. While they are most likely going to give you that permission, it’s wise to ask so you’re not breaking copyright laws.

  • There’s an easier way to make dotted lines! I found a tutorial for you here: http://vmacandcheese.com/2012/04/10/blog-tip-of-the-day-3/#more-15355

    Also, why not use the magic wand to at least select and delete the majority of the background? It would be so much faster than erasing by hand. =]

  • Hi,
    thank you for sharing this! I’ve got some tips from my sister who is a graphic designer, but still struggle so much! This will make it much easier. Thank you!

  • Polyvore is always super simple its how I do everything and its all added and ready and if not you can clip it.

  • Very helpful tutorial, thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://throughrye.blogspot.co.uk/

  • This is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing this! Please keep the blog tips and photography and photoshop tutorials coming. So thankful for your partnership with Adobe – the more I see the less initimidated I am by photoshop! Illustrator is a whole different ballgame though!

  • Really great and easy how to! Love this one, I use elements and picked up some tips from your outline thanks!

  • Love it, thank you this is so helpful. Your collages are the bee’s knees.

    Jolene
    www.jolenesblog.com

  • Awesome! This was super helpful. Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • If you don’t have PhotoShop, you can create collages using a site like polyvore.com. You can “clip” images from any online store, post the collage to your blog, and then your visitors can click directly on the image to get to the online store. pretty easy!

  • Thanks so much for writing this article! I was just wondering how to do this!

  • Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of using periods to point to the products. I usually place numbers near the products I’m listing but I’ve been looking for ways to mix it up a little.

  • oooh thank you! this is a great graphic design tip to spice up my collages 🙂

  • This is awesome, so helpful! I really need to start making these for my blog. Hopefully I can follow similar steps for the free program I use (GIMP). Thank you!

  • Great post – so informative! I’ve always wanted to learn how to create collages.

  • Great tutorial! I always do mine in Powerpoint, but I’ll have to try this.

  • Would you guys mind sharing what font you are using for the numbers? I really like it. Thanks!

  • Thanks you for these helpful posts. I would love to know how set up extra pages with my craft posts and things like that. I’m trying to make my blog user friendly to make it easy for people to find specific things. Thanks for all your help.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

  • I think every blogger does their collages a bit differently, but I loved seeing how you guys do yours. Thanks for sharing!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

  • Oh! I’m so glad you shared this! I don’t know if I could manage, but I will try right now.
    kisses from Barcelona!

    http://emesbijoux.blogspot.com

  • That’s just the way I do it 🙂 I use Photoshop CS5 though, but the steps are just the same.

  • This is so helpful!! I’m new to the style blog world and have been dying to figure out a good method of making product collages. Thank you!!

    xo,
    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

  • This is such an amazingly useful post! Now I just need to get myself photoshop!

  • This is so useful – thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be giving this one a go.

  • Thank you for sharing this! I’ve played with photoshop before, but never used it to make a collage. These tips are really helpful! 🙂

  • There’s also this awesome thing called the background eraser, which lives in the eraser drop down menu. Basically, when you’re using it, the only thing that will be erased is whatever value your center point is on. So your eraser brush could go over the object, but as long as the center point doesn’t touch it, it will only erase the background value. It’s like magic.

  • Great tutorial as always! 🙂

    xoxo
    Ida

    http://asplashofida.blogspot.com

  • Love this, I’m working on this at the moment so these are great tips!

    www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • I use Picasa.. Not always the best, but it gets the job done! But I would love to have photoshop someday…

    http://stainsofpaint.blogspot.com/

  • This is great! I’ll be using these tips to create some cool product collage for my online shop. I use Photoshop and Picasa now but I’ll see if I can purchase/download Elements. Seems like a really cool tool. Thanks!

  • I love it whenever people come together and share ideas.

    Great site, stick with it!

  • Hi Helen, here is the handwriting on photos tutorial https://abeautifulmess.com/2012/06/learn-to-add-handwriting-to-your-photos-.html
    🙂 elsie

  • This post is so incredibly helpful and your blog is… what can I say AMAZING!
    Thank you for featuring my ring 🙂

  • You know, you can make your own brushes of various dots in photoshop (I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 though). What I did for my sister’s wedding, was to take siholouetes of various disney characters and use them as a line separator for the programs. I would show you the finished product, but with various copy rights probably (more than likely) broken because of it, I’d rather not. BUT, you can check my art page if you doubt my photoshoping abilities!

    <3 Melinda

    http://theoracleofdreams.deviantart.com

  • You rock! Thanks so much for sharing this. I make one in Picasa, and it’s ok, but this is just the bee’s knees.

    And the things you love are adorable 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing this!! You mentioned there are other ways of doing this, are there any non photoshop ones that you know of?

    Grtz,
    Carol

  • Hej 🙂 tnx for sharing. Maybe a little tip – it’s easier to delete the backrgound, if you select the object with magic wand. I think 🙂 Or maybe you select the background and then erase it. Any way, it’s easier:) Try it 🙂

    Oh, btw I love your blog. Keep it going! 🙂

    Špela

    http://aabovetheclouds.blogspot.com/

  • Q: I always wonder if it’s okay to use the product photos. Since you’re sharing the product links, I’m thinking yes, right?
    A: Yes. It’s commonly accepted that it’s ok to share retail photos on blogs (you should always link, of course) If you want to share any other kind of photo from another site/blog you should ask for permission. 🙂

  • I will definitely will be using this in the future. I have tried to use automatic collage makers, but they never look the way I want. First, however, I need to find photoshop on my computer. I have the adobe photoshop version which I think is the professional one, but it’s way too complicated.

    http://fashionananthropologicalpointofview.blogspot.ca/

  • I absolutely love making product collages and this tutorial is quick and easy and also has given me a few ideas i didn’t think of! Thank you xx

  • I love this post. Thanks for sharing this is so useful!
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

  • I have visions of blogland being filled with these collages now for the next few weeks. Especially for tutorials with a list of supplies needed.

    http://liveandlove.typepad.com

    Sam

  • Super good ideas!! I love reading your blog!! It is by far my favorite!
    mergestyle.blogspot.com

  • Thanks fro the inspiration and tips : )

    xoxo aley

    http://a-hearts.blogspot.com/

  • I wondered but had no idea how to do it! Thank you so much for sharing this because it’s incredibly helpful to those that are new to the game! : )

  • Great tutorial, thanks…would, also, love to know how you add your wn handwriting? I seem to remember a note/tutorial about it, on the blog, but can’t, for the life of me, find it…..??!!

  • Good leasson. I’ve also found a website, iPiccy.com to be helpful. It’s not collage, but New Blend and I’m able to do the same thing for free.

  • this is great! wish i had photoshop…

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

  • I always love reading your blog. I especially enjoy your ‘secret’ tips and how tos for websites. I am slowly planning a big redesign – and redirection – for my own blog, so yours is an endless source of knowledge and, of course, delight to read!

  • This is just useful! Thank you thank you thank you!

    Fang Ting
    http://ftashion.blogspot.com

  • Pretty interesting! Thanks a lot, your collage are always so cute!

  • Thank you! This is exactly what I needed for one of my upcoming posts! 🙂

    -Allie. 🙂

    http://www.alleycatsandroughdrafts.blogspot.com

  • This is wonderful! I’ve tried making collages in Polyvore but didn’t really like it… Maybe I’ll try again in Photoshop now 🙂

    x
    Sabrina
    http://apixiesviewonfashion.com

  • Thanks for sharing a different way of doing this, I always use just regular Photoshop, but this seems good in a bind!
    -Miranda
    http://paperthoughtsfabricdreams.com

  • I always need to make lots of collages and moodboards, for my blog as well for school. So this is really helpful! Thanks for sharing this Elsie. x

    http://bravebrunette.blogspot.com

  • Great tutorial! I thank Adobe for it’s background eraser tool! 🙂

    http://fromheretofashion.blogspot.com

  • I always see these product collages in different blogs, never quite knew how to do one myself, thanks for sharing!

    http://rivercitysammon.com

  • So helpful! I’ve been wondering how you do this for a while. Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.thrifted.ca

  • Oh you guys are the best!! I’m going to give this a try this week!

    http://natashafatah.com

  • Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I love these collages!!! I always wonder if it’s okay to use the product photos. Since you’re sharing the product links, I’m thinking yes, right?

  • Brilliant tutorial! Definitely going to have a go at the “dotted line” design. x

  • I was thinking, while doing my collages, that these dot lines were a type of lines in photoshop, but HEY are JUST DOTS that YOU TYPE with YOUR CENSOR. Maybe this was my stupidest question about photoshop!

    http://inwhirlofinspiration.blogspot.com

  • Thank you, this is helpful always seen pruducts collage and love it. I will try soon!

  • Thanks for sharing! I always wondered how bloggers did this, I always tended to use Paint, I am so primitive, ha.

  • These tutorials are so useful, Elsie. Thank you! Is there a link / tag for all of them?

  • Thanks for sharing, Plus i have some of those tucked away in my faves, love them.

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thank you for that! I love any photoshop tutorials especially well explained ones like this 🙂

    Loulou

  • Thanks for the great tutorial! I just bought photoshop elements and this article is a great learning tool. I always wondered how everyone made the dots……never thought it was as simple as using periods and rotating your picture! Who knew!

  • Call me Debbie,
    Yes- the dots in this collage are just periods typed in a row (handwritten font, so they are chunkier)

  • This is so cool. I don’t have photoshop, but you make me want to get it. And as a seller, it’s good to know white backgrounds make it easier for bloggers to collage.
    Catherine Denton

  • Thanks for this, I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now but hadn’t got around to working it out yet!

  • Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing; your collages always look amazing!

  • thank you for quick the lesson. i have been meaning to figure out how to do these. you just made it so much easier. you ladies are the best.

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