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Create Photo Collages in GIMP | Free & Powerful Photo Editing Software

teacher avatar Michael Davies, GIMP Photo Editing Tutorials

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8 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Creating a New Collage Composition Skillshare Version

    • 2. Dividing Up Your Composition Using Guides

    • 3. Importing Multiple Images as Layers

    • 4. Adjusting Layers Using the Scale Tool

    • 5. Using Layer Masks to Mask Out Overlapping Areas

    • 6. Add Text to Your Collage

    • 7. Saving and Exporting Your Collage Skillshare Version

    • 8. Using the Montage Filter to Create a Collage

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About This Class

Learn how to create a photo collage using multiple images using GIMP 2.10, the free photo editing software most similar to Photoshop (but without the price tag). In this class, I show you the entire process for creating a collage from start to finish, including how to create a new composition, how to import multiple images as layers, scaling your layers using the scale tool, adding layer masks to mask out overlapping images, adding text, and exporting your final collage to the best file types for print and the web.

This is a great class for beginners who want to learn more about the GIMP program, as well as those who want to learn how to make their own photo collages The knowledge gained from this class can be used for personal or professional projects - no paid software required.

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1. Creating a New Collage Composition Skillshare Version: All right, everyone. So for this section, I'm gonna be showing you how to create a collage using multiple images in gimp I'm gonna be using given to 0.10 point 10 for this section of the course. This is the latest version of gimp at the time of this recording, but I'll dive into this tutorial. This is a common task that people do in gimp, adding multiple images into the same composition to create what's called a collage. And so the first thing we have to do when creating a collage is to create a new composition , of course. So this is going to be where all of our photos are going to reside. And there's a few questions you have to ask yourself when you're creating this new composition. So before I dive into those questions, let's go ahead and open up the file. New dialogue here. So this is the create a new image dialog window. So now we have here the image size. So that's the first question you have to ask yourself, What size do you want your image to be? Is the size going to be based off of the size of the images you're using the number of images you're using. Is it gonna be based off of dimensions that were given to you by a printer? Or maybe the type of medium? You're gonna be printing this on or uploading this to? So, you know, maybe you're printing this on a poster board or a piece of paper. Or maybe you are uploading this to a website, and for this particular example, I'm going to actually change the units here two inches, and we're going to say hypothetically, that I'm going to be printing this onto an 8.5 by 11 standard US sheet of paper. So I'll change the with here to 8.5, and then I'll change the height toe 11. And this, of course, is going to be in inches. Then you want to come down here and click on the advanced options. This is where it's going to matter whether or not you're printing this or using this on the Web, as you guys may recall. Throughout this course, I've said that the X and Y resolution are going to vary depending on where the final destination for this particular composition is going to be. So if you're gonna be printing this, I recommend setting this toe 300 pixels per inch or above. And if you're gonna be using this for the Web, I recommend setting this to something like 72 pixels per inch for both the X and Y resolution. And you could see that when I do that, it's going to change the dimensions up here of our final composition. So it's now a lot smaller because there's a lot less pixels per inch. But I am going to be using this for print. As I said earlier, somebody changes back to 300 pixels per inch. As for the color space and everything else, we're gonna keep these as the default settings. So the color space gimp is always going to operate an RGB color. It doesn't yet support C m Y que, at least at the time of this recording, and then gray scale is just going to be a black and white image, and we want this to be a colorful image, so we're not gonna select that. On the other hand, precision is just going to determine how precise your final edits are going to be when you export this out of gimp and the higher the precision is set, the better the final result is gonna look. This is basically just determining the level of quality. Of course, if you're using a slower computer, you can turn this down to a bit or 16 bit. But the final product won't be as good. So if your computer can handle it, I recommend going with the 32 bit floating point. And the gamma is going to be another variable determining how your final image is going to look after you export it out of gimp. So perceptual gamma is going to be the best option. S rgb, as you could see here, that is the native color space used in gimp. If you choose linear light, this is actually going to produce a much lighter final image, and it's not really gonna look as good. And it's gonna be hard to tell how your final image is going to look before you export it out because you can't see that until you do export it out. So just the easiest on the best option is perceptual gamma here, especially when you're going with 32 bit floating point. You can keep everything else at the defaults, including the fill with background color option. Although if you go with that option, you want to come over here in double check what your background color is In this particular case, it's not really going to matter apart from just being distracting. For example, right now, this is said to a neon green and that's a little bit distracting, so I'm actually gonna just switch this over toe white. I can always hit this icon here to reset my colors to black and white. And I'm just gonna fill this with that background color, which will be white. Or of course, I can just choose White from here directly. That's gonna give me the same result. But the backgrounds actually gonna get covered up in the end anyway, so doesn't really matter. And then the comment is just going to show up when people see the image properties here. So you could said that's whatever you want and I will click OK, and that will create my new composition. As you could see up here with that 300 pixels per inch resolution setting, it now gives our final dimensions as 25 50 by 3300 pixels. And then our rulers, on the other hand, are going to be set two inches. So this one's gonna go to 8.5, and this one's going to go down to 11. I can always change the unit of the rulers right here by clicking on this drop down and changing this two pixels. Now we have our composition created here, and we know we're printing this to an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper. So now it's a good time to take inventory of our images and see what dimensions our images are that we're going to be using. And we're gonna use that information in the next step of our section. So I've already looked at the dimensions of all my photos ahead of time. But to do that you could just open up the location of your photos, right click and come over here to properties. And of course, this will differ depending on what operating system you're using. But then I can come over here to the details, and for this particular image, it's 1920 by 12 80 I happen to know that the width of all of my images that I'll be using are going to be 1920. But the heights are going to vary depending on each image. I know the smallest height is gonna be 6 35 pixels, and that's gonna be for the panoramic photos I'll be using. And you guys will see what I'm talking about when we get to that point. But that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, I'll show you how to divide up your composition using guides. 2. Dividing Up Your Composition Using Guides: So we've gone ahead and created our composition and gimp. The next step is to divide this composition of based on the number of photos we're gonna be using and the shapes we want those photos to take for this particular collage. I've decided to make this a little bit easier on us all by just dividing this up evenly into six parts because I will be using six photos for this collage. And I will be making all of these photos available for you guys to download for free and follow along. So by dividing this up in the six equal parts, that means I'm going to have three images on the left side here and three on the right. Or at least that is the approach I'm gonna take. Of course, you guys could take a different approach and maybe, for example, divide the entire height up by six and try to squeeze all six images into a single row. But I prefer to split these up into two rows. I just thought it looked better, and it's a little bit easier, although we will still be demonstrating some fairly advanced concepts in this section. Throughout the lectures But now that I know that I want to divide my composition up into two rows of three equal parts, I can now set some guides to just guide me throughout this process and make it much easier to resize my images and make sure that they're all sort of in their proper placements and that they're all evenly sized and that the best parts from each image are going to be displayed in the final result. That will all make sense when we get to it. So for starters, we need to divide our composition in half here. So to do that, I'll just come over to image guides and we're gonna use this trick new guides by percent, and I'll come over here and change the direction to vertical. That's going to ensure our guide is going up and down or north and South. And because I want to split the composition in half, I'll just set the position to 50% and I'll click. OK, so now we have a center guide here, and it's splitting our composition directly in half. So now we need to divide our composition into three sections, so we need one section here, one here and one here. I want them all to be the same size, and therefore I need to add two guides and I need to add them at the 1/3 mark and then at the 2/3 mark. I don't need to add one at the 3/3 mark, cause that's just going to be the bottom of the image here. And I think all of us know some basic math here, and 1/3 expressed as a percentage is going to be 33.33%. So I'll just come over here to image guides, new guide by percent. I'll change the direction to horizontal, and then I'm just going to add 33.33 And this will only allow you to have two decimals. So you can't go any further than that. So quick. Okay? And that will place our guide right here at the 1/3 mark. So now we need to place another one at the 2/3 mark. We'll just do that again. Image guides, New guide by percent, and this time I'll change it to 66.6, and it's supposed to be 66.66 60. That just goes out into infinity. But just round up and put 66.67 and click. OK, so now we have a guide at the 2/3 mark here. And as you could see now, this is evenly split up into three equal sections. All right, so our document is set up, our guides air set up next up, I'm gonna show you how to import and arrange multiple images into this composition. 3. Importing Multiple Images as Layers: There are two ways to import images as layers into gimp, so the first way is to go to file open his layers, and then you could navigate through your computer and find the location of your files. So my case, I am in my D drive in the photos folder and then in the collage folder, and I can click on each one of these images here. And, of course, I'll get a preview over here. If not, you can click to update the preview so I can click open and just repeat that step for all six images and that will open all of them up as layers into our composition. That is a bit tedious, though, so I'm gonna close that out. Another option is to just open up the folder where your files are located. So again we're in the D Drive, the photos folder in the collage section photos folder, and then you could just select all six of the photo files you want to use for your composition. So these will be the six photos that were using again. I'll make these available for you guys to download for free, and then I can just click and drag these into the composition. So you want to make sure that you release these on top of your composition here. If you come over here and release it on top of the Wilbur icon is gonna open all these up as separate image layers or separate image files, I should say so it's opening each one of these photos up as a separate composition, and this is now what we want for this particular case because this is just going to make things a little bit more difficult. So instead of come back to my folder here and what I want to do is just click and drag these and just release them directly on top of our composition here so you could see them loading down here in the status bar. And now you'll see we have all six of her files here, and each one has been placed on its own layer. So now that these air all imported into gimp, I'm actually going to change the name of each of these. So it doesn't look so messy. So I'll just change the name based on the city name here. So go with Hong Kong, you know, just double click. This one just says City, but it's actually Singapore. And I know that because I looked at the photo earlier, and this one is it, says Burj Khalifa. That's the name of the building, and this one's actually just going to be Dubai. This one will be Rotterdam. This one will be New York, and I'm just double clicking on the layer names here to change them, and this one will be. And I'm just going to make sure I don't spell this one wrong. And I don't know if that's an L or not. So don't laugh at me if that's the wrong city name. But now what I need to do is use my move tool to move thes photos into place. So I'm gonna hit the M key on my keyboard. And now I'm just going to rearrange these, and I'm not really sure where each one is going to go yet. I mean, I do because I do this ahead of time, But let's just say hypothetically, I don't. So I'm just gonna test out where each one looks best, and I'm just sort of spreading these outs that the ones that look similar to one another aren't all right next to each other. And there's a little bit of separation based on the colors and everything. So leave that one there and then I'll put this one in the top left there. So that's gonna look a little bit sloppy right now because there are still some things we need to do to make everything look nice and neat here. But now we know that this is the order that we want our images to be in. And to further simplify things to further reorganize, things were going to come over here to the layers panel. We're gonna change the layer order by top, left to bottom, right? So we'll have the top left first and we'll have the top right one second and then we'll just go down the line here. So Kuala Lumpur is going to be at the top, really hoping I'm saying that right Singapore will be next. Then we have New York City and water damn next to that. Then we have Dubai and then we have Hong Kong. So now everything's in order and everything's nice and neat Here. That's it for this lecture. Next up, I'm gonna show you how to make adjustments to the layers using the scale tool 4. Adjusting Layers Using the Scale Tool: next. All skill each image so that the best parts of the image are displayed inside of the designated area. The designated area for each image, of course, being the area inside the guides. So for this top left image, it's going to be the area inside the composition boundaries right here and then inside of these guides and for the top right. It's going to be again the composition, boundaries and then the guides, and that will be the same for each of these. So inside the guides inside the image boundary. So we need to scale everything so that there's not this negative white space here. And we also want the best parts of the city's to be displayed, you know, in a nice spot here inside of its area. So for this top left image, it's pretty much a big enough size and a good enough size toe where I think we don't need to scale this at all. So I'm just gonna use the move tool to move this in place and get the best parts of this image here inside of the guide. And you could see that as I get close to the guide is going to snap to it, and that's actually a feature you have to turn on if it's not on already. So you can come over here to view and just make sure the snap two guides option is checked here. So that looks pretty good there. Obviously, it's overlapping into our other photo. So to keep this from getting in the way as we scale and move this photo around, we're gonna hide this photo. And to do that, all we have to do is come over here to that layer and then click the show hide icon. So we'll just hide that temporarily for now and move on to the next image, which is going to be Singapore. So we want to use our scale tool here. We can grab the scale tool from our toolbox or hit the shift s key to grab it. That's the short cut key. So I'm just going to click on this layer here. And if I click and drag one of the handles and hold the control key, that will drag it from the center. So we just want to make sure that this photo is big enough toe where the bottom boundary and the top boundary are going to overlap with the area where this needs to be sitting. If it doesn't overlap, there might still be a gap there. So we're gonna make sure there's overlap there. Plus, we're going to keep an eye on the actual elements in the photo so that we keep the nice looking elements within our collage here. And if I hover over these middle transform handles here, you'll see this will bring up the move tool. So this allows me to move my object over inside of the scale tool. If I hold the shift key, it'll move it over in straight line mode. And I just want to move this over until I get all of the elements in here that I want. So we have this cool piece of architecture here, and then we have this iconic piece of architecture here that everybody knows Singapore by. So we want to make sure we have both of those pieces in here and I'll hit scale, so that will scale our image. But now, of course, this is overlapping. Are two photos down here and it's getting in the way, so we'll just hide that for now. We're gonna fix that in a later lecture. So now I'm going to move over and scroll down with my mouse to move down. So we're gonna repeat this process for all of the photos, I'll hit the M key. This photo could probably be scaled down a bit. So this is our New York photo. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to snap this to the guides there, and then I'm gonna hit, shift as to grab my scale tool, and I'm gonna click on my New York layer, and then I'm going to click on the actual photo with the scale tool. You might need to hold control and zoom out a bit to be able to see the transform handles here. And then I'm just going to click and drag this downward like so So it won't snap to the guides here while I'm inside the transform tool. So I want to leave a little bit of space down there to make sure there's not a gap right there. I think it looks pretty good. So hit scale and we'll move on to the next one. So we'll hide that one and move on to Rotterdam for this one. I'm going to click inside of it and I'm gonna hold the control key. And I'm just going to scale this up from the middle. I don't need to scale it up too much. I'm actually gonna use the space down here. I don't like this wire going across, but I'm gonna use that space to add some text a little bit later on. So we'll just go with right there in click scale. And by the way, just make sure that you guys have your interpolation settings here said to know Halo and also make sure you're clipping is set to adjust if you want to check out my other tool options settings here within the tool. I also have these show image preview options said toe around 60 61% here. So just keep that in mind as you're going through and scaling these. That interpolation option, of course, is going to ensure that we have the best quality as we scale. So I'll just continue on over here to the Dubai image. So I'm gonna press em on my keyboard, and that's gonna bring up the move tool and I'll just move this in the place. There's too much getting cut off down here. So will hit shift s and then I'm going to click and drag this. Make sure your icon over here is larger chain link icon. That's just going to ensure that the aspect ratio is kept as you scale this and that looks pretty good, but I want to send this up a bit more. So I'm actually gonna move this over to about right here. And, of course, we will fix this overlapping area right there a little bit later. So hit scale, and I'm gonna hide that. So our last one is going to be Hong Kong here and this one we need to scale up. So I'm gonna click on it, Come over here and I'm gonna hold the control key as I click and drag that'll skillet from the center. And now I'm going to find a good area here where I want to add this I'm gonna go with about right here. And that looks pretty good. So hit the scale, but in there. And I'm gonna grab my move tool and just move this slightly over. So maybe about right there now looks pretty good. All right, so now I want to, um, hide all of these layers and just see how it all looks right now, it's gonna look a little sloppy, but what I'll do is I'll hold the shift key and click on the show hide button, and then click on it one more time. And that's going to unhygienic all of my layers. And here is our composition thus far. All right. For the next lecture, I'm gonna show you how to use layer masks to mask out overlapping layers. 5. Using Layer Masks to Mask Out Overlapping Areas: Okay, so we have all of our image is resized and moved in the place. But now they all overlap and block one another, and it looks a little bit sloppy here. In my opinion, of course, you don't always need collages to have exactly equal parts in them or exactly equally sized images. But for this example, I do want to do that. So I need to come in here and just these. I need to basically crop each of these layers, but I don't want to use the crop tool because it's a bit too permanent. It's destructive, as they say. It's a destructive form of editing, and I want to use a more non destructive form of editing because then I can go back later and make changes if I need to. So the best way to accomplish this is to use the layer mask, and I'm going to actually combine the layer mask with a selection tool that's just gonna help speed things up. And the reason we can do that is because each of these different areas is going to be a square or a rectangle shape. So I'm gonna come over here and grab my rectangle select tool. Of course, if these weren't rectangle shades would either have to use the free select tool the lips select will, or maybe even the path tool to create a more abstract or a different shaped selection area . But in this case, we are just going to use the rectangle select tool. I'm gonna make sure my feathered edges option is turned off because I want the edges to be nice. Hard edges here. And I'm also going to turn off the fixed aspect ratio option because I don't need that as well. And again, make sure that snapped a guide option is Turn on here is that this can work properly to turn it on, go to view, snap two guides. And that should cause your selection area to snap to the guides as you draw it. So hold control and zoom out a bit. Here, I'm gonna start with the top left, so I'm gonna make sure I'm on that layer. And then I'm going to click and drag my selection area here and you'll see that that selection area will snap to my guides there. And then I'll come over here to that layer and right, quick and go to add layer mask and under initialized layer mask to We're going to choose selection, and we're going to make sure that the invert mask option is not checked. And then I'll click. Add, and that will go ahead and mask everything outside of those areas that we just designated there. So they control shift A. And now you can see there's no overlap between these two, and you could just add this layer mask toothy images that are overlapping other images, or what I like to do is just add a layer mask to all of these images to ensure that there aren't little areas that maybe we can't see with the naked eye that are overlapping other images. For example, this image kind of looks like it's OK, and it's not overlapping anything. But when I hold control and zoom and it does actually overlap a little bit outside of the guides here, so I'm just going to play it safe, and I'm going to add the layer mask to each of these layers here in our composition. So I'll just repeat this process here by coming over to our next layer and just clicking and dragging that selection area again. And then, All right, click and go to add layer mask. Make sure selection is still selected here and click, add and now move on to the next one. And by the way, make sure that your mode here is said to replace the current selection. If you're just going to draw another selection down here without de selecting the previous election, we drew because that will ensure that this selection area now will replace this one, as opposed to having both selection areas here. So now I'm going to just click and drag the sides of my selection area here, and that will ensure that each side is snapping to a guide. And this part doesn't matter because it's off of our screen here, so it's not gonna be included. I'm gonna right quick and go to add layer mask. Choose selection again and click ed, and you could see each one of these now has a layer mask, and we'll just continue on to the next one here. So draw these selection area again. Make sure it's snapping to our guides, right click add layer mask and selection is checked there. So I'll click. Add Come down here, Draw the selection area again. Right. Click, add layer mask, choose selection and click Add. And for our last one again, this one is not really going to be overlapping anything because it is our last layer. Our bottom, most layer. But just to play it safe, I'm going to now, right Click Add the layer mask and click Add. Well, Hey, control shift A. So each one of these now has a layer mask, which means none of them are overlapping one another. And so now we are getting a really nice collage here. I do want to make sure that I don't have any gaps in between any of these. It could be hard to tell with the guides here, so hey, control shift T, and that will hide my guides. I can also go to view show guides and make sure that is unchecked so that my guides were hidden. Now I can hold control and zoom in real close and just double check that there aren't any gaps here with any of the images. So these all look pretty good. So hold control in. Zoom out. All right, that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, I'll show you how to add text to your collage 6. Add Text to Your Collage: we now have all of our images in our collage. Everything is nice and organized. It's all been masked so that there's no overlapping. Now it's time to add some text to this. This is purely optional, of course, but it is good to label your collages and it adds a little bit of an element of designed to it. So just makes it look pretty nice if you have the room in the collage to add the text. So I've got this sort of ugly wire going across this photo here, and I'm just going to cover that up with a text box to start. I'm going to create a new layer, and I'll just name this text box and I'll come down here and under fill with. Make sure this is set to transparency and click OK, so that will create a brand new layer. Right now, this layer is right here. It's sort of floating in between all these other layers, so I'm going to click and drag this up to the top, and that's going to ensure that when we draw our text box is not gonna be overlapped or hidden by any of our images. So I'm gonna come over here and make sure that I still have my rectangle select tool selected there And I'll come over here, hold control and zoo man, I'll take control Shift T too unhygienic guides again. Or, of course, I could go to view and make sure the show guides option is checked. And then I'm going to click and drag to draw my rectangle and make sure that it snaps to the guide. So I'll release my rectangle select tool And then I'm just going to click and drag the edges here until they snap to the guides And I can readjust the size My box I think that looks pretty good. So now I'm gonna head shift be or I'm going to click and grab my bucket filled tool And I'm gonna swap my color over here, toe white. And now I'm going to fill in this box with white and hey, control shift A. So there is our text box. I can hold control. Zoom out to see this in the bigger picture here. So now I have my text box. But it's on this gigantic layer and I don't need the layer to be the entire size of our composition. So what I'll do is I'll come over here to layer and go to crop to content and that'll crop that layer down and now hold control and zoom in. So we want to place our text here. I'm gonna grab my text tool. I'm going to switch my color here to black, make sure my size is set to 1 50 And for the fun I went with Ariel Bold. You can click this icon here and you could choose from any of the fonts within here. I'm gonna stick with Ariel Bold, so I'll click right here. And I'm gonna type this in all caps from Put the caps lock key on and I'll type in modern cities and we have some nice texture. But now it is not centered inside of this box. So what I'll do is I'll come over here and grab my move tool, and I'm just going to eyeball this and move it in a place like so. And I can come back over here to my layers panel so you could see now I have this text layer and I'll hold control and zoom out and there. We have our text. All right, that's it for this lecture. Next, I'll show you how to save and export your collage. 7. Saving and Exporting Your Collage Skillshare Version: Once your work is completed, you're going toe. Want to save this? I recommend saving this as a dot XY f file, which, of course, is the native file type found in gimp. And that is going to be the file type that will preserve all of your layers So you can open up the XY F file later in gimp and make any adjustments to this, whether that's hiding an image layer that's in here right now or replacing this or maybe just adjusting the layer mask of any of these. So regardless of what it is you want to do, you'll be able to open this back up later in the gimp when you say this as a dot xy f file . So to do that, since I haven't saved this yet, I could just take control s on my keyboard or I could go to file safe. If you have saved this once already, you'll have to go to save. As otherwise, it will overwrite that file that you saved this to already. So I'll just go to file save, and here we can name our image. So I'll just name this modern and let me turn my caps lock key off. So modern cities collage and I can navigate to the folder where I want to say this. Of course, I'll say this in my collage folder here and I'll click Save, make sure it ends in dot xy f, by the way. So now we've saved this as a dot XY f file. I could just hit Control s from now on. That will save my file automatically to that ex CF file. If I want to export this for something like printing, I can come over here to file export as that will bring up our export image dialogue here. Now, this won't say x cf anymore. It has PNG by default on my gimp. You guys might have a different file type here. You could save this as a variety of file types. Of course, I can come down here and expand this option select file type by extension, and scroll through here. But just know that J Peg is the most common, but it will be compressed, so it's not the best for printing for printing. I recommend going with something like P and G tiff or pdf in this case, I'm gonna go with Tiff because that is an UN compressed file type. And compression, basically is going to mean quality loss, although it does reduce the file size. But for print, usually you don't want any quality loss. So I'm just going to say this as a tiff and I'll click export for the compression optional . Choose none, and you can leave a comment here if you want and just leave all these options checked here and now A quick export again. And now our collage has been exported to a tiff file. If you want to export this to a J. Peg file just to have an extra copy, or maybe you want to send it to somebody as a lo file size preview, you can again come over here to export as and now I'm just going to change this to Dodge a peg. Hit the answer key. I can choose the quality of my image, so I'll go with 75 and I'll hit export again. And there we go. So hey, control shift teeth. So that's it for this section on how to create a collage in gimp 8. Using the Montage Filter to Create a Collage: in this lecture will be showing you how to create a variety of collage layouts using a single plug in called Gimmick. So gimmick For those of you who have never heard of it, I think most of you probably have by now. But Gimmick is a free plug, and it's built for gimp critic and some other free painting software, so you could download gimmick from its website here. Just click on the download tab, scroll down. They have downloads for Windows, Linux and Mac. Mac doesn't have an official downloader or installer. So does say here to download it at your own risk. But it installs the same way any other plug and installs in gimp. And I'm pretty sure the installer here for Windows, especially, is going to automatically install this in your gimp. But once you have it installed, you're going to want to download the images you want to use or just get all of your images together in a single place. So in this case, I used free images from picks Obey and I just clicked the free download link here, the free download button, and went with the smallest download for each of these. So I've got six different strawberry themed pictures here, so just minimize this. Here I am inside a gimp. Amusing gim 2.10 point 18 for this lecture. My layout may look a little different than yours. Theme newest version of gimp has grouped tools, which is what's going on over here. And over here on the right side is my layers panel, which is the only other area that you need really for this particular lecture. So what I'll do is I'll open up the folder that contains my images I downloaded, and I'll start by dragging over just one of the images here. So I'll go with this eclair image drag and drop it on to my empty canvas or my image window . So there is my eclair photo. I'm going to come back here to my folder, select the other five images and just drag and drop those directly onto my composition. So that will add my other five photos here as layers in my composition. You can also go to file open, has layers, by the way, and just select individual layers. You want to open up so you'll see that some of these are different sizes here. That's gonna be pretty common. And you can see this layer in particular is smaller than some of the layers behind it. If you wanted all of these to be the same size, you could simply use the crop tool and unchecked the allow growing option and just draw your crop tool based on whatever your smallest layer is. So this may not be feasible for some of you, but in this case I can crop that out because these are all pretty similar sizes. And now all of these are pretty much the same size. If you have different size layers, it's OK. You can go to image fit campus toe layers that will fit your canvas size to whatever your largest layer sizes. So the next step is we need to open up the gimmick plug in. We can do that through the filters men used to go to filters gimmick. So here we are, inside a gimmick. First, you're gonna want to search for the plug in called montage. So here it is, right here. This will bring up the montage filter, which is going to draw a collage. I'm not sure why they call it montage and set a collage. But if I come over here, I can reset to the defaults. You guys might see something closer to this, so the first option here under montage is to choose. A montage type auto is going to create a layout based on the layers that you have available here, so I have six layers. This is automatically arrange this based on four layers in the top here and then to larger layers below, so I can use my mouse wheel to scroll through these. You could see custom layout. I can also click on this and then just release my mouse on one of the other options. So there's horizontal that's going to arrange all of my layers horizontally, and vertical is gonna be the same thing. But going up and down vertically horizontal array will arrange these into two equal rows with all of the images. Vertical array, same thing except the rose will be vertical instead of horizontal. And let's come back to custom layout. This allows you to create a custom layout based on this coding here, so this is a bit weird when you first look at it but it's pretty simple. The V stands for vertical H is for horizontal, and what this says is that we have a vertical array and that vertical array first starts with a horizontal row. The horizontal row has zero on the left side, one on the right side, as you could see here. So this is based on the order of the layers. The very first layer is gonna be zero. Then this is saying for the vertical array, we then have a second horizontal row, which is right here, and that horizontal rows starts with image number two, which you could see here. And that's followed on the right side with a vertical array of two images three and four. So vertical array to images three and four. You could swap any of these images out. So, for example, right now we have six images, but only five are shown over here. Which means image number six, which is actually called number five since we're starting with zero is not here. If we wanted to replace image zero with image five simply highlight image zero and type the number five hit the little refresh icon and now image five is replaced right there. And if we wanted to replace number two, we can do so by highlighting to typing zero there. Refresh. Now we have image number zero there. And if I wanted to change this vertical row so that instead of having one big image, we have two smaller images here. We could do that by coming over here to the second h will type a V parentheses. So right now we just have the zero will type the two here, since that's when we just removed a comma to separate it from the zero. Then we'll come over here to the right side of the zero, close the parentheses, off and refresh. And now you'll see. Here we have this vertical row with two and zero as our second horizontal row. So yeah, it's a bit confusing the first time you look at this, but you can definitely get the hang of this pretty easily. I'm going to delete that custom vertical row we created and refresh the emerging mode here . You either have the option of scaled or aligned, so if I choose aligned, you'll see what happens. This is going to basically maintain the proportion of the original sizes of all the images , whereas if we go is scaled is going to scale some of the images so that this fits more properly. Everything fits a bit more tightly here, centering slash scale has to do with how large the actual final composition is going to be swapped top here you can see the final canvas size based on the collaged images being joined together. So obviously this is going to be larger than our original canvas size. Because we're now putting multiple images side by side. We can increase the overall size, as you can see here. By dragging this to the right, decrease the overall size by dragging this to the left so you could see that makes this much smaller. I'm gonna keep this sent 2.5. The next option is padding so we can increase this amount. And that's going to just increase the spacing between each photo. So let's go with the padding of 20 for now. And this is based on pixels, by the way. So there's 20 pixels between each photo or 20 pixels. I should say coming off of each photo, so I believe it's 40 pixels total between the photos. Then we have a frame option, which is also in pixel. So this as a border around each image and you could see it doesn't take away from the actual padding. So it's gonna be inside the image here. So let's go with a padding of Round 10 or I'm sorry. Let's go with a frame of around 10 and we could change the frame color as well. So we have a variety of colors here. You can choose a color by dragging your mouse, or you can use this slider here. We'll just go with the white color and click. OK, let me reduce the padding here to 10. I don't like that being that much. So now you'll see we have some padding and we have a border around. Each image angle is going to just add a little bit of a can't to this, so you could see now each image is on an angle based on whatever angle value this is. If you want these to be randomized, you can change up the angle variations here, and that will make each one of these random. I don't like either of these options. So set these 20 Then we can use the scroll bar to scroll down. And if you want to change the order of the layers, you can use thes cycle layers option and just look through these and see which ones you like. If we set this to zero, that will be the default where you can choose the revert layer order option here. How put as is either going to output your collage to a single layer or if we go with multiple layers, it'll output each one of these photos in the same position. But each photo will be on its own layer. That just provides you with a bit more flexibility and you'll see below that we have instructions. So this is just some other information about this as well as some tutorials. You can wash on how to use this Under input output, you have the input layers, which is just the layers being used to create the montage or the collage. So right now, this is said to all layers, of course, only all the layers will show up. If you have an array set up with all six spots right now, we only have five spots. I'll put mode determines how this is exported out of here. So in place means that's going to replace all of these existing layers with the layers for the collage. On the other hand, if we go with new layers, it will keep these old layers and just add the new collage layers. New active layers is basically the same thing, except it will make your new layers active. Basically, it's only gonna make one layer at a time. Active and new image just means it's going to export this either as a single layer or multiple layers based on how you have this output in. But instead of exporting these inside of the existing composition, it'll exported to a totally new image. So let's go with multiple layers and a new image and click OK, so you could see this has exported this as a montage. But the new image it created was thes same size as the last image we had opened, which was this image here. So it's gonna be a lot smaller, so we have to go to image. If it came. Mr Layers whole controls you now, so now you'll see we have our collage here or our montage control shift, J is going to zoom us in perfectly now. I can show or hide these layers and you could see that each one is on its own layer. So now we could create a new background. Its name, this background and we'll fill this with our background color, which is black right now. But we could change this to something like a blue look. OK, click OK again and let's move the background layer to the very bottom. And now you can see we have a nice collage here with a blue background and the photos each have their own little border.