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Create a Seamless Instagram Carousel

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6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Layout

    • 3. Cutting Out Elements

    • 4. Saving Slices

    • 5. Upload to IG

    • 6. Assignment

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We have all seen this before, a seamless carousel on Instagram that has many photos blended together. Today you will be learning how to make them! 

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Welcome to Final Form. Founded by Mass and Nick, we are a social media and content creation agency based in NYC. Here you can learn many tricks and techniques to use in your design workflow. Become a student and start your design journey today!

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1. Introduction: welcome to this skill share class, and today you will be learning how to create a nice care cell for Instagram by collage ing photos Together, this class will take you through how to create a layout for your post. How to cut out the image is how to save the separate slices, how to upload the photo to instagram and assignment that you can do yourself. So let's get started. 2. Layout: in this part of the course, you'll be learning how to create the layup for your post. So let's get started. First thing is the name I'm going to call it I g Post. Okay, Normally, my poster for by five to take full advantage of the real estate on Instagram. That's the tallest you could make her post. Therefore, when people are scrolling by, they could see it fully on their screen. To do that, I make the height 2500 the with 2000. That's for a static single image post. Now, depending on how many swipes you want to add to, your carousel will depend on the with. So if you want to make it to make it 4000 if you want to make it three, you could make it 6000 for 8000 and you can make you can make up to 10 slides on instagram for a carousel, for this example, very gonna be working with three so the with is gonna be 6000 pixels. The resolution is 72 or G B color, eight bit white background and everything else is fine. Let's go ahead and click. Create this is gonna be the full size of the image. So let's go ahead and help split this up visually. So we know what fits in every single image. So for that, make sure your rulers air showing, and if they're not, you can go up to view and make sure that rulers are checked. Now, you can simply click on the ruler, drag it down and as you can see him freely moving it around. But if you old shift, you can actually snap it. So if you're gonna snap the top 200 bring another ruler in two 2500 we're gonna bring this ruler in, put it on zero, and this one is gonna go to 6000. That's looking good. Now let's separate them. So if you remember earthy with of the post or 2000 so you're gonna take your vertical ruler and while holding shift, bring it to 2000 and next one is at 4000. So now you can see if you have three separate images. This will really help us visually see where our pictures air going. I have all of my images in this folder here called assets, and the next up is going to figure out what textures you will be using as the background. I like this mountain range. So I'm gonna put this on the right here on the left here and scale it up so that it takes nice about almost half of our post and you're going to take the water and once again scale it up and bring it to the other side. That's looking pretty nice. You can already see that the colors kind of matched together. And that's another tip that I would suggest is if you can tell all of these pictures kind of have a similar teal and orange look to him, which will really help keep a consistent theme in the post. Now, let's bring in this image of a girl here, and, um, gonna just size it up a little bit. Bring it over here. I think that's a good location for her. Next, I'm going to bring in this girl, and if you can see, her arm is actually cut off over here, and it's cut off over here. So this is where you can actually figure out the layout of how you would want to place your pictures, so I'm going to scale her up a little bit and make sure that her arm is going to be covered up by her dress. So if you move the opacity slider, you can see that there's gonna be an intersection here, which is perfect. That's exactly what you need. Next, I'm going to bring in this picture of a camera, and once again, we can change the capacity to see the way it's gonna be blending in. And I'm just gonna rotate it, make it slightly bigger and make sure that it's gonna be covering up the seam here with the hand that's looking great. As you can see, it's overlaps it just slightly, and we can rotate the image in any way that you like just to make it frame. Just have it framed in the middle here. That looks perfect. I'm gonna bring the capacity back up and this next port I'm actually going to make a shape . So go down here to create a new layer. Click this little sticky note looking icon and in my shape, tool. I'm gonna choose the rectangle, make sure shape fail. I'm gonna make it white, No stroke. And I'm going to make a rough shape off a Polaroid photo, so something like this looks good, but you're not done yet. You are going to make another one, and this is where the actual photo will be framed in. So I'm making a rough shape of a Polaroid picture. Perfect. And let's call this big One face and we'll call this other one picture. Perfect. Let's shift. Click the picture and the base to group them together. And we're going to call this group Bullard. Really perfect. Now I'm gonna take this image of a person on a motorcycle, and I'm gonna drag it and roughly shape it roughly scale it into the Polaroid image. Great. Now, if you bring it into the Polaroid folder and make sure it's right on top of the picture if you right click on our image and create a clipping mask, you could see that it actually goes inside of the Polaroid photo, and we can move it around just to just to make the composition nicer. Thinking something like this looks pretty good. Perfect. And now this Polaroid picture looks pretty flat. But that's okay. We're gonna be working with this later in the video. Right now, I'm just going to move it around and make sure to overlap some things. It's going to get a bit smaller, maybe rotated the other way. Yeah, this way is gonna look good. That's perfect. And we're gonna duplicate this Polaroid. Great. We're gonna move it in here, rotated, scale it up, maybe move it a little bit out of frame to create a slightly nicer composition. Perfect. That looks great. Don't forget to save your project. So I'm gonna call this G post tutorial. Great. And we are basically done laying out our post. I will see you in the next part of the video where you will be going through the process of cutting out the pictures and making them look seamless. 3. Cutting Out Elements: Now that we learned how to lay out the pictures in a scene, let's go ahead and cut them out to make them look seamless. I'm going to struck this process backwards. So I'm gonna go ahead and turn off all of these layers and let's go and start with this girl. I prefer to use the quick selection tool which you can find right here. Or you can press w on your keyboard. And if you can't find it, it might be hidden under the magic one tool if you ever use it. So now with the quick selection tool, you can see that my selection size is very small. So I'm gonna hit the end bracket on my keyboard to make it a bit figure. I'm just gonna click and drag to select a girl here and zoom in and get any finer details on the shirt you can see sometimes it mistakes the design, the print on the shirt as something else. I prefer to use the quick selection tool. It works pretty well for me, and once you're done selecting, I will show you a nice a little tip on hot to make your edge is very clean now that you went through this process. Before you apply the mask, click, select and mask. And if you can't see the red overlay, make sure to go to view and click overlay. You can notice that the edges are very sharp and you can see a distinct difference between the selection and the red. Are you gonna help blur that line by bringing out your radius? And you can see it starts selecting the hair a little bit better and these edges a little nicer so you can actually bring it up higher than normal. Saw us. Nice nine seems to be pretty good, but then you can start to notice that places like the shirt sometimes on the skin as well. But you can see this. This dress here it's getting the line between the selection is getting blurred as well. So if you could just check Smart Radius, it picks out places where the edges trimmed sharp and the edges where it should be blurred slightly. So I'm liking this result. Let's go ahead, click OK, now duplicate your layer and click this mask icon. Now it might look like nothing happened, but what we actually did is you have a separate layer off the girl and we have a separate layer of the background and there's a reason that you're doing it. I will show you why we did it later. Now let's move on to the next picture and we're going to go with a similar procedure we're gonna take or quick selection tool. Quickly select our image. This one's a lot easier to select because you can really see the edge perfect. And once again, collect selected mask. I'm gonna bring up the radius a bit. Make sure to select Smart Radius hit. Okay. And with her, you don't need to bring the background back. So make sure to just click the mask and she is cut. Now, now, here is the reason why we cut out the background from her separately. Let's take the image of our girl in this jacket here and bring it under our previous mask. So now you can see that this girl is in front of her and now we can actually play around with the background. So if you select this background here and go to the pen tool, great a new layer and bring it under the grill and let's call this triangle triangle shape . What I'm going to do is get a nice triangle shape, kind of matching with where she's positioning her body so you could see you kind of fits with the way her body is positioned and I'm gonna click shape, go to my rectangle tool, make sure there's no stroke. And now, if you click on this women here, which is the background right click and you create clipping mask, you can actually see that the background gets cut where we made that shape to help bring it out. You can go to your triangle shape and under effects, used the drop shadow, and I'm gonna position the angle in a way that the shadow is moving to the right and maybe I'll bring a little bit more distance in. But this looks good, and you can see that when you turn off and turn on the effect, it really helps bring out that extra dimension. Now we can start working on this camera and we can do the exact same thing for it, which is great, which is get the quick selection tool and go through and select the camera. Now that the camera selected, you're going to do the same thing with the radius hit. Okay, so, like the mask, there we go. You can see it's cut out now when we bring our or Polaroids back, and this one actually needs to replace the pictures. So I'm gonna delete this photo and bring this one it make sure to right click once again, Great clipping mask. And you can position it in here. Great. Now, if you just need to adjust a couple of things So the water if you're going to bring it to the back and you're going to take this mountain range that we have and start moving it to fit Perfect. You can see now everything looks very seamless. And there's only one step left in adjusting these pictures. And that's to add the drop shadow to the Polaroids as well. So click. OK, go to this Polaroid group. Look, OK, and I'm going to bring this Polaroid under the camera, so we're just gonna move this down perfect. And we can even add a drop shadow to the camera as well. And I'm gonna reduce the distance and maybe the size as well. Perfect. That is looking perfect. So don't forget to save your project before you lose olive your data when Photoshopped crashes and let's move on to the next step, which is saving the slices of the photo in order to upload it to Instagram. 4. Saving Slices: we are so close to publishing are amazing masterpiece and showing the world how great of a Photoshopped collage artist you are. So now let's save this out so you can upload it and show the world what we can do. What I typically do is they go to file save as and I do J. Peg and I call this full size, and this is in case if I want a future on a website or just have the full complete image without slices. Now, if you want to save each individual photo so you can upload it as a carousel, and this is where our guides really help us out, go to your crop tool and clear if you have any ratio selected and make sure to go to your guides and pick him out, and it should automatically snap to these guys. Go to file save as J. Peg and I'll call this slice one on a sea of it out. Now you can undo by hitting Control Z for commands. If you're on a Mac, clicking the crop tool once again and selecting these second part but a file save as and call this slice too once again control Z or Command Z. If you're on a Mac and let's save the third slice file, save as J. Peg, slice three and let's have it out. And finally, before you save a project, make sure do undo so you can have the full view and you won't freak out Next time you open up Photoshopped and it control us to save, and you are now ready to go to the next step, which is publishing your photo on Instagram. 5. Upload to IG: in order to publish the scarce along on Instagram. Well, first you have to have the instagram app. Let's go ahead and select our pictures. You can see these are my latest photos here, and I'm gonna click on this first slice and make sure it's fully scaled and I'm gonna press and hold it and then select the other to in order. Now, when you go to next, you can see how it nice and seamless they look. And once they're published to Instagram, you're not gonna have this black divider between the pictures. So let's go ahead to next. Right up a nice little caption and you're ready to share. Now that you know how to create this photo collage, let's go to the next video where you will learn about your assignment. 6. Assignment: congratulations. You know how to create this amazing effect? Your assignment is to follow along with this class and either use your own pictures or the ones that I've provided and showcase your amazing art peace to the world. Once you've finished with the assignment, make sure to attach it to the student project section of this class. Hopefully, you learned a lot of great things in this class, and I can't wait to see what you can create.