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Photoshop: Create an Image Grid with Color Effects

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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6 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Laying Out Your Image Grid

    • 3. Moving Images In Your Grid

    • 4. Color Effects with the Paintbrush & Adding Type

    • 5. Creating Color Effects with Adjustment Layers & Masks

    • 6. Adding a Grid on Top of your Images

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You will learn how to create an image grid, align images perfectly, add cool color effects, control layers perfectly so that you can place text overtop. Take a look at the animated GIF below as it gives you a sneak peek of what you will get when you enrol.



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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: Hi there. It's been household, and here we're gonna have a look at how we create a perfect grid in Adobe Photo Shop. And one of the good uses for this is either as a Facebook header image banner image or is a Twitter banner image on. We're gonna be setting up a size that works perfectly in both those formats. So we're going to use guides in a smart way toe divide up our for a shop project in one go and then we're going to use placed images within a day before a shop, coupled with some nice layer techniques using brushes Andi adjustment layers and to create these cool color effects that you can see here, I had to sign up for the tutorial on day. I look forward to seeing your projects in the class project board. 2. Laying Out Your Image Grid: Okay, so let's begin to make our custom grid layout in Adobe Photo Shop. So we're gonna go ahead and make a brand new file on the file size that we're gonna create . It's going too far. Sizable work as a Twitter banner image. I'm all as a Facebook header or banner image. Okay, so we're gonna go for this size of 1500 pixels by 600 pixels, which is big enough for both. Those will leave the Cullum Oda's RGB, and then once we've got the settings copied, will kick. Okay, Okay. So once you got on you far open, let's go ahead and go to file and save as and we'll call this image grid. I'm gonna say this to the best top. And once it's set up, now I want to do is get a great set up that I can use that Divide this by 10 across and by four down. Okay, that's gonna be the kind of divisions of our grid. Okay, so we're gonna go ahead into our grids, guides and slices. So if you're on a pc, go to edit and then bring up your preferences, which should be down the bottom here on the Mac. We're gonna go to photo shop preferences and guides. Great. And slices on. We're gonna change this to be the grid line for every 150 pixels. Okay, Andi, you might have a subdivision set up. They were just gonna change that toe one. We're not gonna have any subdivisions within our grid lines, so we'll click OK here and then go to view show on grid. And now we should have our first a shop document perfectly divided into 10 squares by Foursquare's. So let's say that. And now we're gonna go ahead and place our first image. Should we go to file on a place embedded? We're gonna grab an image. And I've got an image grid folder here with the images I'm going to use. We'll go ahead and grab this first image in list. OK, so grab the image, select place, and we're gonna re scale this image so that it kind of fills one of these grids and then we're gonna add an image mask so that it's a perfect square. Okay, so I'm gonna grab the corners here, and as I'm grabbing the corners, I'm gonna hold out shift to constrain the proportions. I don't want it. Teoh be distorted at all. Okay, so for this particular image, I'm gonna make it sit just across in this direction. Within one of these boxes, I can use the curses to adjust it a little more. And the curses were just things one pixel at a time. So if you go up or down left or right, you're nudging your image or the image you have selected by one pixel. Okay, so now we're gonna go ahead and create a mask for this so he lose this extra bit of the image that we don't need. We're gonna go ahead and select the rectangular Marquita, okay? And we're gonna set this toe fixed size up here on a fixed size of 150 pixels by 150 pixels . That's going to give us our square. Okay, so if we click this once, it should snap perfectly into the grid. We can now flicked on our layers panel. I can make sure you've got your layer you can actually selected. We can click on our layers panel here and now the images mast. So now that smart I can press the wiki. Just move this guy up to the top left. Now, what's happening here? Is that my snapping on my smart guy? Just snapping to the edge of the image that's within that mask. So So not snapping to the edge of the mask itself. So if I zoom in here, I'm just going to use the curse is to make sure this is nudged perfectly in tow. This great square here. And then I'm gonna hit command or control and zero to zoom back to 100%. So go ahead, go to file. Place embedded. What about the next image in the list? Okay. And again, I'm gonna reschedule this guy so that it's fits perfectly within the boundaries of one of these squares. Just position it a little hit. Enter. Okay. And now, go ahead, grab my rectangular mark. It'll clicking there, Andi, select from the layers in the layers at layer mask. And then I could grab the move tool again. So hit V or Preston move. Tool up in it all. Well, when we can, then move this up. So now we can zoom in. Okay, So once we've got our images in here if we want to reframe them or manipulate them at all in terms of the way that they're framed. If we want to move them, we can move from within the mask. So only to do is unlock the marks layer and then make sure I've selected the image itself. And now I can move the image on within that mask of us. There's an edge to this image here, so it's only gonna be able to move up and down. Otherwise, I'm gonna reveal a bit of the white on the left hand side. There I'm or to the left. So I'm just gonna nudge this a little bit until I'm a bit happier with the placement. That emission. You'll see. I'd like it to the top of the image. It's nudged it. So I see the blank space at the top of the image. Locksley's back together do command and zero control and zero and then go to file. I'm place embedded again. It was like the third image down. Okay, And then we scale this guy and, uh, Europe the rectangle marcato, click once have the land mosque and then we can move this and here zoom in, not shame into position. So how about the space bar as I'm moving around to track the image into position so now gets a file places that it again at the next mission, Andi cropped the rectangular mark Ito, and I'm led to work through all of these. And then we'll come back and look at how we add some of the color effects that we talked about a little earlier on. And actually, we can save a tiny bit of time here by placing the image in the location that we want first grabbing the rectangular mark, it'll and then just clicking once. And then when we crop that image because the smart guides are on. If you're smart, guides are on go to view show and smart guides. Okay, then you can see that it's snapping that selection of the rectangle Marquis right into that great. So it's worth it. Working perfectly 3. Moving Images In Your Grid: Okay. So once we finished our image grid finished creating it, then there's a couple things we can do. So the first thing we're gonna have a look at is how we move our images around. So the easiest way to do that is to grab the move toe, okay. And we will just grab any one of these images by holding down the command key on, then clicking on that layer, and that will allow us to move that image around. Other thing that you need to make sure is that the layer is still blocked together. So in order to bring it to a different spot so I can see it all time, I'm gonna go to layer, arrange on, bring to front. Okay. So that means I can move it around now to a different spot in my image on C at the same time. Okay, So I'm gonna reposition this image. Uh, down here. Okay. It's gonna zoom minutes do this. So I want to get closer. I can see my great still, and I'm just gonna nudge it with the cursor key. So it's in exactly the right spot on. Then I'm gonna go to layer Arrange sent back. And now holding down the command key Started the move. Talk selected. I'm just gonna tapped this new layer on go to layer. Arrange bring to front So I can now move this up into this spot. Okay, so just again, using the cursor keys to nudge it into position so we don't end up with any white gaps between the different layers. Okay, so that's that's the image grid created. 4. Color Effects with the Paintbrush & Adding Type: So in this next section, we're gonna look how we can manipulate the color. Now, it's a couple different ways of doing this. The first I'm going to show you is gonna be to use a new layer which has a Grady int on it or brushes. So if we go to our layers panel, make sure we've got the top most layer selected, and we're gonna create a new layer on which we're gonna actually use the brush to paint onto. Okay, so I'm gonna grab my brush tool. Okay. I'm gonna grab this nice blue that I have selected here, okay? And they could see my brushes massive on. We wanted to be that big that this. So I'm just gonna make it tiny bit smaller. And I'm using the square brackets on your keyboard next to enter to actually increase with the right square bracket and decrease the size, the brush we can also right click on slide size, the brush up as well. Okay, So now, once we've my hopes have put a prostrating, they're just gonna reduce the size this brush again so I can see it. So I'm just talking the square bracket, okay? So now I can honestly layer brush across, and it will fill this layer with that blue. Okay, but I'm gonna create another brand new layer. So I'm gonna select a different color here on this brand new layer. Nice orange, And then I'm gonna paint the other side of this. Okay, so we've got this nice kind of Grady int from the blue to the orange. Just gonna do that a couple steps. Okay. Okay. So now what I want to do is go to my move tool. So I don't accidentally add any more brush strokes on there were changed my color mode to first of all color, and you'll see, we get this nice effect of the color overlay and go back to my blue layer and do the same. Change that to a color so you can see a very particular effect when you have the color applied to the image below. Now we can accentuate this effect by going to a top. Most grid layers that below the to brush layers and then adding a new levels adjustment lab . Okay, So here what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna just hole in the blacks here And what that means is that might my blacks, my colors in the dark areas are gonna take more of that color from the layer paths. Aiken basically kind of pushed this. So I get more color in those dark. Rare is the image I can see. You can see the result here. If we turn this layer on enough, we're getting a bit more that color tint within the image. The other layer modes I'd suggest you play with here is the screen mode. So if we change this screen, you can see you're getting a different, uh, kind of blend with the laid back behind this Mets heard off this levels like here. So got this kind of classic Instagram style look that we're often seeing on the incidents. I'm gonna change this to screen as well. Okay. And you can play around with these different kind of layer modes as well to see kind of which you prefer. So I got very kind of muted image there, which we can moderate By decreasing the capacity of those layers, I'm gonna stick with the color adjustment layer. I'm here for these two layers. Turn this levels adjustment layer back on. So the nice thing about this layer here is that if I cracked the type to make sure my type color is set to two white here, okay? And then I'm just gonna pull across big type box type in this word, and you can see now that because we kind of muted the layer below the white text stands out nicely. I'm over the top off that image below. Whereas if we leave the levels off, we kind of get the white butting into some of that image below. Okay, So by using the levels adjustment here and muting the image so making sure that it's never black and it's never fully white, we can place text quite nicely over the top of our image. Okay, so I'm gonna remove the text like here, okay? And I want to capture what I've done here, so I'm gonna save this on. Then I'm gonna go to file export safer Web. Let me say this as a J pic straight onto my desktop. Okay. And now wants have done that. I'm gonna delete thes three layers. Okay, so 5. Creating Color Effects with Adjustment Layers & Masks: And now we're gonna use hue and saturation adjustment layers to produce a similar type of effect. So I'm gonna select hue saturation adjustment layer from here. Or you might see the adjustment layers up here in the middle of your campus to Andi. Once I've added that hue saturation adjustment layer and turn it to colorize, okay. And then I'm gonna adjust the color off that image you can you can see we can get some nice effects here as well. And when we're doing this, if we create one new saturation adjustment layer, okay, and then add another from the layers panel. Change this to colorize too. Uh, give it a different effect, okay? And then if I go to the layer mask for one of these hue saturation adjustment layers with my brush tool Okay, I can blend those two together, OK? So you can see on the mask. Now, I've got that black brush painted in, and so it's painted in that color adjustment. Okay, so I'm just going to swap the black to white, just paint in a bit of this orange from the right hand side. So these hue saturation adjustment layers of blending quite nicely together. We can also then add in a levels adjustment layer as well, too. Modify what we're doing here. And depending on what we want, I'm just gonna go back to the move. Toward here. We can put the lays. We can put the levels adjustment layer of below. Those who saturation adjustments, as you can see juice a slightly different effect here. So we've got a more muted effect here on by placing at the top and then kind of less muted effect on by placing the bottom a bit more vibrance in the color. So let's go ahead. Go to file export safer web. I'm gonna say this guy out, okay? And so go ahead. Credit image layer. Create the hue saturation or the brush layers above your image grid too. Create this. This effect 6. Adding a Grid on Top of your Images: Okay, so then do one last thing with this image. Great. I'm gonna come to my top most layer here in this image. And I'm just gonna grab from my rectangle tour options here the lion toll on. Then I'm gonna leave it with a fill off White and I must set the weight toe three pixels. And then as I drag out here, I'm just gonna hold down shift. And that will mean that I get perfectly vertical white light. So I'm just gonna now grab the mixto and then duplicate this across here. I'm gonna assume in as I do this. Okay, so we'll just drive us across. So I'm calling down Holt duplicates and then doing this across until it snaps to want those grids and guides. What we'll do is we'll use the distribute options to make sure these air perfectly evenly spaced once we've finished here. Okay, so I got my shapes here. If I hope that shift and select one of these in the last panel, I can now go to my distribute horizontal centers up here in the options toolbar, and that will just nudge those so that they're all lined up perfectly and we'll do the same cross here. So again, holding down shift, I was hired this properties bar and then jumping back to the move. So to hold this town couple times, so I now get nice white line between those different shapes. And again, I use the distribute option here to make sure that perfectly even this faced. So now if I go to view, show on hide my grid, you can see this is what we now have. So we've placed using the line tool a line off three pixels across and up and down. I'm using a mixture of the lie until on the move, talked to set out. Okay, So you have any questions about this tutorial then? Please? That has take toe post a question online. I look for to seeing a project in the class project page