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Creating a Digital Heritage Collage

By Thursday, August 15, 2019 (MST) 3 Comments

Today, Adryane is sharing some of her creative wisdom on creating a digital heritage collage.

Creating a Digital Heritage Collage

Adryane is known for her heritage photo artistry layouts and outlines her process in the steps below.

Create a Foundation

Create a New Layout and select an Artsy Paper as your foundation.

  • Go to File>New to create a new layout.
  • This page is created in a 12 x 12 format at 300 dpi.
  • Go to File> Open and select a background paper from the ArtPlay Palette of choice.
  • The background for this page is Artsy Paper No. 4 from ArtPlay Palette Flock.

Create a Focal Point

Place an element onto your foundation to lead the eye into the design.

  • Adryane chose a dimensional frame element.
  • Open the .psd file for MultiMedia Acordion No.1 (Frame No.2).
  • Select all the layers in the Layers Panel and move all of the layers onto your foundation using the Move Tool from the Tools Panel.

Note. Adryane has placed the frame in the area of ‘white space’ which connects the 2 areas of interest, and leads the eye from one side of the page to the other.

Add Photos to Frame

Clip photos to the frame mask layers using the Clipping Mask Function in Photoshop or Elements.

  • Select a frame mask layer in the Layers Panel.
  • Move the photo layer on top of the frame mask layer.
  • Go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask.
  • Repeat this process 2 more time with 2 different photos to fill the frame.

Notice. Each photo conforms to the shape of the underlying frame mask layer via the clipping process.

Optional Extraction

Add an extracted photo subject to the design to refocus the eye.

  • The frame was chosen as the original focal point.
  • Each of black and white photos in the frame carry equal Visual Weight in terms of Size, Color and Shape.
  • The addition of the much larger image redirects the eye and provides a clear focal point.

See this blog post for guidance on Creating Extractions and Custom Cast Shadows.

Consider Theme

Establishing a theme early on in the design process can help you build the layout.

  • A theme will help focus your element selection.
  • Elements can support your theme in terms of imagery or words.
  • Add one or more elements to unify the components in your design.

Notice. Adryane adds title work to balance her design in a group of 3 elements, and create a ‘ledge’ for her framed photos.

Enhance with DigitalART

Support and elevate the focal point with digital artistry.

  • Layer different elements, such as MulitMedia, Brushes, ArtsyTransfers and Transfers/Overlays behind your photos.
  • These layers will add interest and dimension to your collage, and further solidify the focal point.
  • Consider Element Properties and Design Principles such as Shape, Size and Balance.
  • Adryane favors paper elements like those found in the MultiMedia Document files.

Add Embellishments

Consider variety on selection to create visual interest and further support the theme.

Age Your Elements

Age your elements to lend a more vintage look.

  • Consider stamping ArtsyStains and other brushes onto New Layers.
  • Try different shades of gray and brown.
  • Apply Blending Modes such as Color Burn.
  • Adjust the Opacity of the layers to perfect the effect.

Click here to view the layout in Adyrane’s gallery.

Finish Your Layout

Add the finishing touches.

  • Stitching virtually adheres the pieces of the collage together.
  • Words support imagery and tell the story.

Summary

Create your own heritage collage:

  • Select an Artsy Paper as your foundation.
  • Create a focal point for your photos.
  • Support your images with a variety of DigitalART elements.
  • Embellish and age the design.
  • Finish with your words.

POST YOUR  HERITAGE COLLAGE LAYOUTS IN THE ANNAGALLERY.

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Anna Aspnes

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