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How to Create a Pinterest-Ready Photo Collage for Bloggers

Pauline Molinari, Crafter • Maker • Blogger

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9 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. How to Create a Pinterest Collage Introduction

      1:57
    • 2. Lesson One Getting Started - Plan your DIY

      3:41
    • 3. Lesson Two Photographing your DIY Project

      9:06
    • 4. Lesson Three Photographing your Beauty Shot

      3:28
    • 5. Lesson Four Editing Your Photos in Photoshop

      10:03
    • 6. Lesson Five Create Your Photo Collage

      6:04
    • 7. Lesson Six Adding Type and Branding

      11:33
    • 8. Lesson Seven Structuring a Great Blog Post

      4:46
    • 9. Final Thoughts

      0:39

About This Class

Learn how to create stunning and super pinnable photographic DIY collage images. I'm a blogger and a crafter, and after over 7 years of teaching and sharing DIY's on my blog, I’m going to take you through my process of how I create a photographic DIY collage tutorial. I’ll take you through how I approach and photograph a craft idea. I’ll share some of my own photography tricks and how I prep and edit my photos both in Photoshop and on my iPhone. And finally how I put it all together in a collage to be posted online and pinned on Pinterest. You will also learn how I structure my DIY blog posts for maximum exposure and easy reading.

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1. How to Create a Pinterest Collage Introduction: Hi, everyone. I'm Pauline Mullen, Ari. I'm a crafter in a blogger living in sunny Southern California. I love holiday crafting and creating fun, playful, home to core pieces. I love to create fun food, crafts or designed party principles and cards. I dabble in hand lettering and I love to paint. I'm the crafty maven of Chico circle dot com, And my block journey started by sharing the crafty escapades that I had while raising my daughter to be the creative soul that she is today. It's so great to be able to share something with so many people. The Internet is so vast and one of the biggest traffic drivers to the bloggers Pinterest and to get noticed on Pinterest, you have to have ideas and graphic that grab people's attention. And for me, it's my D I y. Or do it yourself photo collage tutorials. I want people to be inspired to pin them and have them repent over and over again. I'm such a visual person, and if you're anything like me a picture does it'll I'm gonna take you through the process off how I create a photographic D i y collage in tutorial. I'll take you through how I approach photographing the craft idea. I'll share some my own photography tips and tricks and how I prep and editing my photos, both in photo shopping on my iPhone. We'll pull it all together and put it into a collage, ready to be put online and pinned on Pinterest. And finally, I'll share how I structure my own D i y vlog post for maximum exposure and for easy reading . What I really want you to get from this class is to take my tips in my tricks in my process and create your own process. After over seven years of blocking and a gazillion photo tutorials later, I want to share what I've learned along the way. It'll be fun. Let's get started. 2. Lesson One Getting Started - Plan your DIY: Okay, let's get started. Let's plan our D I y pick something that you would want to demonstrate to someone. It could be a easy craft idea. Could be a homemade gift idea. It could be a fun food craft. Or you can actually just replicate what I'm gonna show you today. And we're gonna make some pretty paper flowers out of just literally colored paper on. Ben will turn him into other crafts after that. So I will approach it just like I do when I plan to craft for my for idea why on my block and I'll actually take you through at the end. The full post and you'll actually get to see the full post life when I pick something to demonstrate. I always try to pick something to inspire my audience. My audience are moms, teen Tween girls. That's kind of my little niche. So paper flowers for me is right in my wheelhouse. I also want to make sure by DIY I Why will stand out on Pinterest. So I want to make sure it's something colorful, something easy to do, something approachable, something that someone's gonna be like. I want to try that The first thing that you're going to need to do is to gather all the supplies that you will need for your D i Y for the paper flowers. I'm gonna use colored sheets of six by six paper. This is harder scrapbook paper. You could have double sided or just colored. Um, you'll need scissors. You'll need a pencil or maybe a chopstick. This is something to roll the paper off our on and you'll need a glue gun. So think about when you photograph your supplies. That your supplies actually will look good in the photograph is well, for instance, I have this basic red pencil that I think is nice and colorful. It could be a basic yellow pencil, but I probably wouldn't want to have this one that has an extra pattern. It's a little chewed up on the end. Think about it. Your photograph is gonna show everything. So sometimes I actually I have about 45 glue guns, but save one that I haven't got paint on all over, I say, one that looks good in photographs that I don't use that often, and it's perfect for photographing. Okay. Secondly, before you start photographing make sure you've actually done a test project. Make sure you've done it to the very end. Sometimes I'll do a project. I've got it in my head and I'm like, I'll start photographing it and I'll realize who I actually would have done it a little different. So I have gone ahead and I've tested and I've made some paper flowers. I've made plenty. Um, so I know exactly what I'm doing. And so when I'm ready to photograph, I'm all set, and I could do it quickly. Okay? Lastly, before you get started, when you're happy with your craft, you know exactly what you're doing. You have all your supplies. Think of the visual appeal. I want to make sure all my crafts air, colorful, they're going to stand out. I on about white background. I prefer to photograph on a white background. So I definitely wanted to pick some colorful papers for this craft, and I wouldn't have done this same craft with six by six inch white sheets of paper. It just wouldn't have sent stood out. So think about that in the scheme of things to how well you're finished. Craft turnout. Make sure you're using the best, the most colorful supplies that will help stand out, help your whole craft stand out in the end, and it'll grab your reader's attention as well. In the next video, we'll talk about how I shoot each of my steps and how I set up my photo studio. 3. Lesson Two Photographing your DIY Project: Okay, So you've planned out the project that you're going to demonstrate you've gathered all your supplies or you've gathered the supplies that I've told you for the paper flowers that I'm going to show you how to make today. Now we're ready to shoot our steps. Okay, so I shoot a lot of step by step craft projects. And so here at my home office, I actually have a photo. So you set up it all times. You do not have to go that far. You do not have to have one set up all the time. Um, it depends how often you do this. I will give you a list of the exact supplies that I use in my photo studio. Just in case you want reference. There are a couple things that I think are a must and the biggest, biggest, biggest biggest thing. When you're shooting, photography is lighting. I recommend a portable photo light with daylight bulbs. Now, the one that I love, um is this one this little eagle one that I bought off Amazon? I believe it was around $100. Um, I actually put into daylight bulbs in here, and it there's a little switch turned on and off. It gives it a nice pop. I use this in every single photograph I take, but if I didn't have this, you could actually engineer your own. Um, in other cases, if I want just a little extra light, I've used just a clip on land and again I've put in a special day light bulb. But I ordered all of these. I order on Amazon again. I will give you all the links to all the supplies that I use. And this is honestly just a piece of tracing paper because the biggest thing about lighting is you want diffused lighting. You don't want harsh, harsh like lighting that's gonna give you really salads, shadows. You want diffused lighting, even if you're outside, because outside is a great place to shoot as well. Um, if you do have the opportunity to be on a Sunday or on overcast day, even if you're outside, you don't want directs on, you do not want that harsh light. I will show you how I some of my tricks of how if I'm outside shooting and the sun is out, how I actually diffuse sunlight um I'm gonna take you behind the scenes in a second to my photo studio. I'll kind of show you three different setups. There are three places that I suggest that you shoot your photographs. Um, either in a set up photo box or studio, uh, area, Um, a quick tabletop next to a window with some sunlight. I'll show you that set up in a second or outside in an overcast day. And again, if it's not overcast in it, it's sunny. There is one trick that I use to do some diffuse sunlight that gives you some nice lighting . This Well, so you in just a couple of minutes. If you just take a little planning, you can have a quick, inexpensive photo studio. Let me take you through some option. Okay, here's behind the scenes. Here is my photo studio. I have got my portable photobox that I actually always have set up. I just haven't set up on a small table and I've got my tabletop light and I actually like to have some extra lights here. I have I like light coming from all directions, especially if it's just defused. Um, I have a DSLR camera that I use on a tripod. I'm not gonna go into too much about how to use a DSLR camera, but I will leave you a link. I haven't e book on how to rock your own craft. D I Y photography, and I leave you a link in the resource is in case you're interested in that. But just know that you do need a high quality camera beat your iPhone or a DSLR camera. I also mentioned that I like, um, shooting on all white backgrounds, especially my steps. If I'm doing a colorful craft and I always try to do the most colorful craft, um, and I always have lots of white posterboard on hand. In case like that, this one here, you probably I don't know if you can see that it has a little pencil mark or a little paint mark. I'm always getting messy with my crafts, and it's easy to easy, inexpensive way to just switch it out. But I also have some colored boards, always on hand, in case I want to switch it out or add a little color a little extra color. As I mentioned, this is how I work. I do so much craft photography that I actually have this set up at all times. But let me show you a couple other quick ways that you can set up outside window or outside . Okay. For a really quick and inexpensive photo set up, you can take a piece of white posterboard. Like I said, I like to photograph all my steps on white. Um, here I have actually propped it against a another. Tripodi can use a book, End of Usable painter's tape. What I've done is I've actually attached it onto a curve, so you will actually get a seamless background, and this will work. If you're crafts are small enough, you can use the photo, the sunlight coming from a window. But most likely you may actually. Also, depending on where your window is, you might need at least one photo like this is the cheapest version. This is just a clip on light, and I put a day light bulb in it, and I put a piece of tracing paper on Justin to defuse it a little bit. And you need to plan what time a day you're going to take it like look around your house. When is the best sunlight coming in from a certain window. Okay, here I am in my backyard. I've set up the same posterboard that I did inside for the quick down and dirty photo studio. Um, and as you can see, it's sunny out today. Your ideal situation isn't overcast day. And honestly, if this is your only choice, if you're going outside of this is the best option. But one trick I use is I have this translucent tray that I use if I'm shooting outside for something, Um, and it diffuses the sunlight and it takes away all those harsh shadows. You see the harsh shadow with this on much better. So this is another option and some crafts. Actually, I do like to shoot outside if it's especially if it's like a flower planter. Um, so I try and find the most opportune time during the day, or I try and make sure it's overcast, but in a pinch, this could work, too. Okay, when you have your photo studio set up wherever you are inside by window outside an overcast day or in the shade, there are a few things I want you to consider, Try and plan and do your craft and shoot it set by step. In one city, there's the occasional project that I'm doing. That may be the glue me to dry or the paint needs to dry, but I want to be consisted in my lighting. I literally am taking the pictures as I'm doing the projects step by step number two. Make sure to take enough steps. Think about when you're doing your craft. If you were demonstrating to an actual person where in your head, where would be a stopping point That was that you would actually say Now do this. That would be a step. Make sure you take a picture. It's easier to delete steps in the editing process later than to replicate that and trying to a step after you've already completed the whole craft. I use a tripod specifically for step by step kind of photography, because I usually frame up my shot in my photo wherever I'm shooting, and once I've got the first step set, the rest of them can follow suit, and also sometimes my hands make an appearance and I use the self timer on my camera and I would never be able to do a self timer top touch the craft, used both hands and take the shot. So the other thing to consider when doing a DEA y photo craft, um session is I usually like I said, I shoot all of my steps at once. Then I usually take a pause, and I prepped for my hero or my beauty shot. Those take a little bit more planning. And in the next video, I'm kind of go gonna go through my process and my thinking about how I shoot my beauty shots because you the steps are great, but you definitely still want to entice your audience to come in and see what they can do with it. The beauty shots. That's what their key for. 4. Lesson Three Photographing your Beauty Shot: when I shoot my beauty shack or my final craft. Sometimes this can take a much planning as my step by step project. I know this class is about photo kalash, but if you are using this in a block post, your beauty shop can be just as important as your d I. Y. Photo collage tutorial. I just want to talk briefly about how I approach my beauty shots. First, I usually shoot a final image of the Finnish craft on the same white background or the same background that I used when shooting on my steps. Then I usually take it a step further. I build other crafts on top of that, or I play with backgrounds. I do some photo styling. I want to give the craft context. So for the paper flower project, I actually off camera, made a bunch of paper flowers, and I made this cute little topiary. I actually glued a bunch of paper flowers onto a white phone ball, and I painted a little paint pot. Now I will shoot vis by itself a swell, but let's give it some context and let's give it some styling. I want to inspire my audience with pictures off how they can take this one craft and turn it into something else, or how they can use it in their own home. Now, I don't need to show. I don't need to show you step by step how I made this paper topiary because I've already shown you how to make one. But inwards. When I put it into a block post, I certainly can describe. I glued it onto a white Styrofoam ball, painted a paint pot, and that's it. The main project in my log post was the paper flower. This is just a inspiration of how you can take that a step further. Now, what do you do with the paper flower? Do you turn it into a pin? Put it on your lapel? Do you put it on a picture frame, etcetera. Okay. For one of the beauty shots for my paper flowers found this cute little tray I felt some. I want to pick up some of these colors, so I'm just gonna throw a couple things on here. You were there. This'd is huge of this over. I know it looks dark, but honestly, if you're in here, the photo lights are just making this thing, pop. I'm gonna look through my camera. Um, and this one I'm shooting inside in my photo studio. But I actually make take a couple shots outside as well and get some natural light on it in the sunlight on get a little different background. OK, I'm still shooting some beauty shots and I've come to my backyard table. I love shootings images on the backyard table. You can see the background. Is this really cool? Would green. But if you can tell by my shadow that lighting conditions aren't idea, my little trick I'm gonna use here again is I'm gonna pull out my translucent trey and I'm going to shield some of that son and defuse it. And I should get a beautiful, beautiful color shop that I can Actually, I'll probably brighten it later, But look at how cool the wood green looks in the background. I love it. Here are some final beauty shots that I took in the next video. We're gonna take all of our step photos and I'm gonna show you how I processed and edited them 5. Lesson Four Editing Your Photos in Photoshop: Okay. Next up is editing all the photos that we took all the steps, all the hero shots. Let's do it. I have all my photos imported and loaded onto my computer. I'm a Mac girl, so I love them into I photo first from my camera. You can see all the step photos here at a glance. I usually then drag and drop those selected ones into Photoshopped all at once. I like to have all my images and Photoshopped and all my steps because I like to edit them one of the time and and it's easier to keep track and make sure they're all consistent when I have them all open and photo shop. You really only need basic knowledge of Photoshopped to edit your photos and photo shop. Just a little brightening and color correcting it could make all the difference in the world. So let's pick our steps. Okay? We definitely need a supply shot. Uh, let's see. I like this one someone, a drug, that one into Photoshopped and then step one. This looks like a nice bright one. We'll drink that in now. We're just starting to cutter paper flowers. Let's pick this one with two hands. Okay, now we're cutting. Let's pick this one. We've cut a whole circle on, and I want to show that you stop at the end. Just one is about 1/4 sized circle. So, honestly, I think my 1st 1 Yep. The 1st 1 I think, does it the best. Okay, so I have all my images open up in photo shop. I have all my steps. And let's start with step number one. The first thing I do is I actually want to get these brighter, and I want to make them a little more color corrected. So I'm gonna open either command. Eller, command em. Um, I'm either gonna go into levels or two curves. So or appear its image adjustments levels occurs. I'll show you the quick difference between the two of them levels is a quick, um, way to just get some brightness in there. I always pull this slider over, um, to get more whiteness. And then I usually pull this slider over to get some of the shadows. This is your graph of where your colors are. Another quick tip is you can use this white eye dropper and select on the background, something that should be white. And because we shot this on a white background, the whole background should be what you can see instantly, it kind of color corrected. It took away of the blue haze in the background, and it brightened it up. You can also go back. If you think you've lost some of your shadows, you can pull this slider back in. That is level. Do the same thing in curves, image adjustment curves or command. M is the keyboard shortcut, and you can see we still have this same graph of where our color is, and I again I always pull this slider over to get the brightest to where it starts to dip up. And I pulled this to where we get the shadows. I still want it brighter somewhat of a select the white dropper tool again and instantly. That's even better, so they still do the same thing. And here's the difference between curves. If I pull this, if I pull any of these colors up and down, it separates him and you can see you can actually go pretty technical with this. But honestly, uh, you just want to make you want to make it brighter. You make one of my sure the backgrounds white, and there's no color hue. So let's start over again. Image adjustment curves puller sliders in. Here we go and I still want some brightness. So I usually do the white eye dropper and I want our background. And you can also like that. This is gonna blow it out too much because I picked kind of a gray area. But right here where I want the white, you can keep clicking around until you get the look. That one looks good. I want to say Yes, let's say OK, the next thing I do is I usually crop money Image, as you can see, here is where the end of my white posterboard is, and I here's the end of the white poster board here, so let's make sure we just get the portion that we want. So I'm going to select it with the selection tool, which is right here, OK, and I'm going to go up to image and crop. All right, now we have our full image. The next thing I do is I'm going to resize it for my Blawg. I have a standards size of 650 pixels. I'm gonna go to image image size right here. This is already this is 2784 pixels at 70 to the resolution of 72 d. P. I. I have a standard of 650. So I go ahead and change that and I don't touch any of these. You can see the file size went down dramatically, which for the web. If you want your images to load quicker, you want the highest resolution. The biggest one. But without ah, you don't want it to small. You weren't too big if I left it at this j enormous, 25 megabytes size. It would be really tough for servers, any server for any or any website to load that many images. So I've done a standard of 650 pixels on the with a 72 d p I and we'll say OK, and then I'm going to save it. It looks small here, but believe me, it's gonna be fine. Now I'm going to save as and let's just call this paper flower supplies and we'll put it in a folder that have already started and safe. I save it as a J peg. Um, and I usually save It is maximum the biggest file. Okay, Command zero will bring it to the windows. You can see it still has its nice and bright. It kept its resolution. Now let's go on to step two Will do the same exact thing I'm gonna do. Command em. Um I'm gonna look at my where my curves I'm gonna bring my slider in to make bring up the brightness I'll bring in some of the I don't want to bring in that much. You can see this is all about how bright you want it. And if I brought this all the way into here, you can see I've really It's way too dark But it just needed a little definition. I'm going to hit the white eyedropper tool again and click around until I'm happy. That looks pretty good to me. I'm going to say OK, next is crapping. Make sure I have all the portion that I need Image crap and then image sighs. Let's resize it again. I do 6 50 at 72 db i for the Web and save as. And that's called this paper flower. Step one. Put this inner paper flower folder. There we go. And J Peg and Okay, okay. I'm just gonna finish the rest. I'll speed it up, and then I'll catch you at the other end, I think. All right. We have all of our edited photos in the next video. We'll show you how it take em all and put him into a beautiful kalash. 6. Lesson Five Create Your Photo Collage: Okay, let's use the tool that I'm sure all of you have your smartphone. When I first started making my collages, I did everything in Photoshop. Photoshop is a super powerful design tool, but what I found is actually an act saves me time. An app can take all the guesswork out of making sure all the step boxes are exactly the same size. All the frames are the same with etcetera, so I've used many different photo collage maps on my phone for different purposes. But my favorite now for when once that I used for my block post is pick frame if you think about it. Most collage maps are used for social media. Even Instagram has its own photo collage plug in in its app. But if you're doing longer photo collages like for a block post, a pic frame has actually with one that's been the most versatile that I found. I'll take you through how I use it. Let's get started. In the last video, I showed you how he edited all my photos. I saved them to a Dropbox folder so I could easily access them from my phone on my phone in the dropbox app. I find my images and I download them to my camera roll. Okay, let's speed this up. Okay, Just a couple more. Then I'll show you some of the cool features of the pick frame app, and then we'll make our collage of my paper flowers craft. Okay, let's open the app. This is what it looks like when it opens. And as you can see, there are five pages of different templates. What I love about this app, though, is up in the upper right hand corner. You can pick your photo ratio, your size ratio, and one no one is obviously a square. But if you pick a 2 to 3 in a two by two, square 2 to 3 is gonna be completely different If you pick a two by three square you see how the um, different squares changed sizes for our photo collage? I actually counted 10 steps that I want to put together for this. I'm actually going to do to separate photo collages using the template with five box. So I'm actually going to use the two templates on the lower right hand corner for this one . I'll start with building a clause. With the 1st 5 steps I've picked my template. And then all I have to do is tap on to the first square and it brings me to my camera roll . I thought I've actually created a folder where I've put all my images and I just select the 1st 5 steps, and this app is gonna automatically flow them into this template. And if they're in order, then that's great. This one just happens to be in order. The cool thing you can do about this is you can move around the images you can use your fingers to pinch and increase. You can, um, up here on the upper right hand corner in the options. One of the default is just a square, but you can actually put in some corners and some shadows. You can play with this. I like the I like just thestreet under Dwight. Background down at the bottom in style. You can actually change the color of the borders from my style. I like the white borders, but you can change it to whatever color you'd like. Let's say it was you didn't want to blow it out. You could use a different color. So there are many many options you can do with this. This AC. Okay, when I'm happy with my collage, I'm going to save it back to my camera roll by pressing the share on the lower right and then the save. Okay, now let's make the clash for Step 6 to 10. I'll go back to frames, pick the other template. I'll click on one of the boxes, which takes you back to my camera roll, and I'll pick the images. Four steps. Six through 10. Let me just select them. All right, there's my five images and they'll load automatically into my template. But, oh, they're not in the right order. So we're gonna have to fix each of these one by one. So tap on each image that you need to fix. Find the image that goes in there, put him in the right order. This usually happens when I reuse a template. If I'm making more than one frame in the app and again, I will adjust all of my images. One by one, you can pinch, you can enlarge, you can rotate. This is getting close. So let me just noodle a little bit. Okay. Paper flower yet. Let's make put that right step there. Okay, that looks good. Let's fix one last picture. Okay? We're gonna find step nine. Yep, that's it. Okay. Would have size it. Now, I think there's just a little bit too much white space to the right of that image. So by pressing and holding on the divider bars on any of the templates, you can actually change the image ratio within the boxes. That's another cool thing about this app. You can also play with some effects of some of the images. Now, we already edited our photo, so I'm not going to do that at all. So I like this again. I'm going to share. I'm gonna say you can share your collages on social media or by email, but I'm gonna save these back to my camera roll. Then from a camera roll, I'll put him back into my Dropbox folder before ago. My only complaint about the APP is that there's no direct access to share to directly to Dropbox, maybe in an update. But now that I've finished my two collages, I'll import them back into Photoshopped to add the finishing touches, which I'll show you in the next video 7. Lesson Six Adding Type and Branding: So we are so close to a finished photo collage. I've opened up our two collages that we made on our phones on our small phones that we created through the pick frame app into Photoshopped. If you remember, I made ours into two different sections since we had 10 steps. Okay, I've got the two images open. The first thing I do is I resize again, if you remember, image size. And for me, 650 is still my standard 650. I still keep at 72 d p. I again look at how much the image size went down. That's good. Is the 1st 1 I would do command zero to still put it back in the window. Image size 6 50 Okay. And then command zero to put in the window. Now I'm going to split these into two different windows so we can see both of them. Okay, The next thing I dio is I want to add a space where I'm gonna put my title bar, and I want to join these two together. So the first thing I do is I double click on this. I'm in my layers palette. Okay, I'm gonna double click on it, and it turns it into a layer. So now, believe me, it'll make sense. In a second, the next one, I'm going to do the same thing. Turn it into a layer. Okay? Now, I'm not gonna go to image size this time. I'm going to go to canvas size right now. Let's put it in inches. Cause ideals inches a little bit easier. Okay, Right now, this image is nine by nine inches. Okay? And right now, it's in its formatted here. I want to increase it, and I actually want to double it. If you think about it, I'm going to take this one and put it in here. So my width is going to stay the same, but my height is gonna go to 18. But remember I told you I actually wanted to add a little extra bar. I want to add a color bar or something to put a title in. So let's add two more inches to that. Let's go to 20. And I know this is the top of the image. If I click, I want all my image to be at the top. Watch what happens it's gonna keep it at the top. I'm gonna say OK, so where you were going from? Nine. Approximately nine by nine. To nine by 20. Okay. And I'm going to do command zero to put in window again. You see Here, um, I would go on the selection tool. It's on my layer now, this can move up and down. I'm gonna move it down a little bit to save room for a title, and then I'm gonna go to my second image, and I'm going to drag and drop it right on top of here, and I'm gonna It'll snap to grid. I'm gonna put it right there. Move it up a little bit. Actually, I put all the way to the bottom. Then move this layer down and look at that. Look at how gorgeous that looks. OK, now I can actually get rid of this image, and we're just gonna and I'm going to say don't save. I'm just gonna work in this image right now. Now I'm gonna go up here in my layers palette, command shift, end four, new layer. And I'm gonna say when we'll just call this one background, Okay, so the way layers work is that you can actually drag and drop. You can put layers in different order. So let me bring let's bring the background all the way to the back. So I'm going to select the whole working board. Okay? I'm gonna do command all, or you can go select. All Okay, command a select all. And you can see Here's the dotted line That's it Tells you where your selection is. Here is where I'm gonna pick a color. And this first color is if you can see it. This is set foreground color, and the background color is white. Um, I'm gonna click on this and look, a handy eyedropper tool comes up again. Let's pick something that's really gonna pop. And as you can see, I've got a purple paper here and I think that's the most prominent color in my collage. And it came appeared If I could keep clicking If I like a different color, let's say I think this one and I'm gonna say OK, so I've selected all I'm actually going to do. My little trick is I do command delete. But when I do command delete, it's gonna pick this back color Command delete the other way to think of this because I am so in tuned to just doing my shortcuts is we still have the background all selected. You can change this. Um, let's say you want to pick a different color. Let's say we want to pick Balu. Here's another way to do it at it fills and you can do foreground or background color. Let's try the foreground color. Oh, and then it's blue. I actually like the purple better, and I'm gonna leave it purple. I did command Zito undo. So then this leaves enough space for a title. Now it's time to put some type on their let's talk titles. I've opened up some of the the latest collages or the latest crafty I. Why that I did. I have some favorite funds that I use a lot, Um, and honestly, Occasionally, I I change it depending on a special holiday or occasion. But I usually stick to the A couple favorites for my title treatments, and it actually gives me blogged images, consistency and additional branding because what, you open up and you see my site, all of the D I Y eyes have a similar look and feel. So one trick I do is because I tend to use the same title fonts is. I opened the last collage that I did and just like I did before we're dragged and dropped these two images together, you couldn't drag and drop any layer from any image in Photoshop to a different image. So I'm going to concede this is my conversation. Heart bath bombs. That was the last year. Why that I did. I'm gonna drag and drop it onto my image. And of course, I always change the colors, um, and the title. So I'm going to double click on the title tool and selects it. And let's call these pretty and we double click it again. Of course, I don't want it read, but honestly, I think we want to make it pop with a yellow again. Any color that you select in Photoshopped it generally gives you an eyedropper tool, and you can pick it up straight from your image. And then let's elect bath bombs, paper flowers and honestly, I think I want that to really pop and we have a lot of white. Let's just pick white And actually, I'm gonna add a little bit of space in there. War that looked like it was stuck together. Okay, good. Now the F and they all aren't stuck together. All right, One last Brandon touch that I do is to put a watermark of my blawg address at the bottom of all my images. It Believe it or not, there are still people who steal images and post them as their own and posting street Pinterest. It just helps that my web address is at the bottom of all my blawg images. So again, I've got it set here. See? It's right here, and I'm gonna drag and drop. And if you can, another thing you can do is you can actually select a color in here. I usually stay in the neutral zone and let's do a gray. And guess what? We're gonna learn something about layers, cause I can tell now why it's not showing up going to say OK, because I bet that's gonna be dark enough. All right. Remember how I said the layers you can switch him. This chica circle dot com web address was behind that image, so I'm gonna bring it to the front. Just gonna switch up there, It ISS and then I'll bring it down here and put it center a little bit. Can use my arrow tools to put it exactly where I want. And I think that actually looks really good. Perfect. It's ready to be pinned. So let's save our work. I always save the PSD file or the raw Photoshopped file in case I ever need to make changes again. So let's save it as pretty paper flowers D i y. And I like to give it a really good long description. Um pissed. Okay. And we'll put it in the picker flowers folder. So there's the PST file that is the raw file, the Photoshopped file that I can open up in and make any modifications. And then I'm gonna do a save as. And now I'm gonna save it is j pic safe. And as you can tell in my last year, why that I did, I used I dragged and dropped and I used again for for consistency. I used the same type in all of these. They all have, um, the watermark, they all depending I have changed color depending on where ah, what color it goes on. And sometimes I use the title in a white area in a photo on these air these air some of my beauty shots that I took for this d I y. And sometimes I actually add an extra little bar or a colored bar, and I do it the exact same way that I did here where I can select an area. And this is probably what I did. I selected an area, and I filled it with a color. So these are just some good examples of how I use the same type treatment and watermark in in both my d i y. And I used it in all my beauty shots. Okay, it's time to wrap it all up and turn this into a stellar blogged post in the next video. Keep watching, and I'll show you exactly how I structure each of my block post 8. Lesson Seven Structuring a Great Blog Post: Okay. You've seen me take photos of my full craft tutorial. We've edited the pictures. We've created a beautiful photo, Kalash. Now I'm ready to turn it into a fantastic blawg post. I've given you insight into my photo studio And how my process of editing photos. Now, let me give you some inside and the back end of my block and how I structure a blood post. Okay, So started a new post, and I'm just gonna title it Will call this pretty paper flower D i y. And for me. I like to create a visual outline in my blawg post first before I actually start writing the Post. So I all I've already pulled all my images into my media library. Everything that I've edited, including the photo collage, including all the beauty shots. Um, Then one by one, I'm gonna pull them into my post. So let's add media. First, I like to start with a beautiful beauty image, something that I want a pin as well. Or hope that my audience wants to pillage pin as well. And I usually do one with a title. I think this is definitely contender the cute, the really pretty paper flower topiary. So let's start with that one. It's inserted into post beautiful. And then literally, this is me creating my outline. But I know I want to write a little text after it, but right now I'm just going to write this. Then I'm going to return, and I'm gonna add another image. And this is honestly where I jump right into the photo to Kalash. So let's put that one in, okay? And this and then I'm just gonna go ahead and add some of my other images and see how my block post is. Paste are right now. I've gone back. And where I used to just put placeholders of just this. I've gone back and written my text, so I always start with a new interline. And then I usually go into what supplies you need for the DEA. What d i y in between the pictures. Then I go into a descriptive form of what? What you're doing in the pictures. So here are the instructions. Right underneath the photographic collage, the slider at the top. Then here's my beauty shots, and I id type in a few lines. A few editorial in between each of the pictures describing what it is or what to do. Here's how I describe how I made Thea paper flower topiary. I've got some more beauty shots and then I always finish with a couple other two or three examples of other posts within the site that if they like this one, if you want to learn more how to make some other crafty flower bouquets, check out these posts. And so here's where I just put an image and I put a link at the bottom to other posts that they may want to check out. And I finished the post with a graphic signature. That's it. So let's I published it. Here it is on the site, and here is the coolest thing. Let's look at this post. Don't be afraid to pin it to your board right away. I'm not afraid. I want I'm gonna pay. I just published it. Let's but let's pin it. You could pin it on multiple boards at different times. Save it. Let's put it in Chico Circle projects for now. It's good close. I'm gonna pin the beauty one, and then let's pin the D I Y I usually like to pin at least one of the beauty shots that right away and the full photographic collage it's been this one in Tween craft ideas. Nice looks great. Let's review the whole post. It looks great. I love it. 9. Final Thoughts: I really hope you enjoyed this class in just a last few words of encouragement. I want you for your class project to try this photograph. A d I Y step it out, make a photo collage. I want to see your collages. If you do have your own blob or site that you're gonna put your D I y on, please leave a link below in the comments. I would love to take a look and put it on my own Pinterest boards. And don't forget to check out. The extra resource is in the class description. I can't wait to see your wise. Thanks so much for joining me. You could find me on the Web at Chico circle dot com or comment here, and I'll find you. Thanks, everyone.