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Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes

teacher avatar Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes


    • 2.

      Downloads and Inspiration


    • 3.

      Image Resources


    • 4.

      Isolating Images


    • 5.

      Blemishes and Backgrounds


    • 6.

      Color and Composition


    • 7.

      Collage Stamps and Layering


    • 8.

      Color and Sharing


    • 9.

      Modern to Vintage


    • 10.

      Gestures and Lettering


    • 11.

      GIFs and Options


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About This Class

In this class, you'll learn how to create unique collages in Procreate by combining vintage images, hand drawn elements, and layer effects.

When you watch this class, you’ll get all of the Procreate brushes I use to create my collages.  The set includes 25 stamps of flowers, insects, figures, and shapes, plus a set of 8 texture brushes for adding vintage patterns, fading, and scuffs to your collages.

First we’ll look at online resources for thousands of free vintage and modern images, and talk about how to choose the best photos for your project.  I’ll show you a ton of collage inspiration, so you’ll have plenty of ideas and resources to get you started.

Next we’ll turn an image of a figure into a unique composition combining modern and vintage photographs with bold color and surprising juxtapositions.  We’ll talk about how to cleanly cut out and adjust the photos so they seamlessly fit into your collage, rather than look like out-of-place cutouts.

Next we’ll create a layered collage combining figures, shapes, and textures, and talk about ways to play around with layer blending modes to create a multi-dimensional composition.  We’ll look at a few different options for creating color versions, so you can find a color palette that works best for your personal style. 

Next we’ll give a modern photograph a vintage look so we can incorporate it into a collage with other vintage elements.  That way you can get the exact pose you need, but still keep the vintage style in your collage.

Next we’ll combine vintage images and text in an eye catching composition that draws the viewer’s eye to the word or quote you choose.  We’ll look at how to add hand drawn elements to your collage, and how to use the gestures and poses in vintage images to create unique and interesting compositions.  Last we’ll turn the image into a GIF so it really stands out online.

The amazing thing about this process is that you can quickly create a beautiful composition using photos you find online, or your own family photos. 

You could use the collages you create on your website or social media accounts, you could upload them to print on demand sites, or you could print the collages out onto paper using a home printer or printing service.

I’ll show you how to find tons of images online, but if you have some of your own vintage photos, this is a perfect time to pull them out of the closet and scan them so you can integrate part of your family history into the collage!

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

You can get the class downloads and resources here: (the password is shown at the beginning of the class)

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1. Collages on Your iPad in Procreate + 35 Stamp and Texture Brushes: Hi, everyone. I'm Liz Kohler Brown. I'm an artist, designer and teacher. Today I want to show you how to create unique collages and procreate by combining vintage images, hand-drawn elements, and layer effects. When you watch this class, you'll get all of the procreate brushes I use to create my collages. The set includes 25 stamps of flowers, insects, figures and shapes, plus a set of eight texture brushes for adding vintage patterns, fading, and scarfs to your collages. First, we'll look at online resources for thousands of free vintage and modern images and talk about how to choose the best photos for your project. I'll show you a ton of collage inspiration, so you'll have plenty of ideas and resources to get you started. Next, we'll turn an image of a figure into a unique composition combining modern and vintage photographs with bold color and surprising juxtapositions. We'll talk about how to cleanly cut out and adjust the photos so they seamlessly fit into your collage rather than looking like out of place cutouts. Next, we'll create a layered collage combining figures, shapes, and textures, and talk about ways to play around with layer blending modes to create a multi-dimensional composition. We'll look at a few different options for creating color versions so you could find a color palette that works best for your personal style. Next, we will give a modern image a vintage look so we can incorporate it into a collage with other vintage elements. That way you can get the exact pose you need or even use your own photographs, but still keep the vintage style in your collage. Next, we'll combine vintage images and texts and then eye-catching composition that draws the viewer's eye to the word or quote that you choose. We'll look at how to add hand-drawn elements to your collage and how to use the gestures and poses in the vintage images to create unique and interesting compositions. Last, we'll turn the image into a GIF so it really stands out online. What I love most about this process is that you can quickly create a collage using photos you find online or your own family photos. You could use the collages you create in this class on your website or social media accounts. You could upload them to print on demand sites or you could print the collages out on paper using a home printer or a printing service. I'll show you a ton of resources online that have images that are free for personal or commercial use, but this is also a great time to incorporate some of your own photos. So if you have a box of family photos, this is a great time to pull them out of the closet and start integrating them into your collages. All you need to take this class is your iPad and the stylus. I'll be using the Apple pencil, but you could use any stylus or even your finger. Let's get started. 2. Downloads and Inspiration: The first thing I want to do is show you how to get all of the downloads and resources that you'll need. For this class, you can find a link to get to this page in the project section on Skillshare. You will see that section on the App though, switch to a web browser and log into Skillshare. Once you click on that link, you'll see that you need a password to get into the page, I'll show the password on screen right now. Once you get into that page, you'll see that there is a list of downloads below the image. The first one is download the procreate brush set, I'll do that first. I'll click and hold on that link and click "Open in a new tab". Once that new tab opens, you should see Opening Procreate. If you don't see that, click "More" and then find Procreate on the list. I'll click "Open in Procreate", and then it'll just open whatever you had opened last. You can just click on an image, click on the brushes, and it should be at the very top of your brush set. If you go back to the downloads page, you'll see that the second thing on the list is the Pinterest Inspiration Board, I'll click that. On this board, I've collected a ton of examples of what you can do with collage images. You'll see that you can combine multiple photos, like this piece they combined two different photos together, or you can start with a white background and just add your collage elements on top. We'll be doing a few different methods today but once you finish this class, you'll be able to look at anything on this list and figure out how to do something similar. You may want to start by just scanning through here and seeing what works best for your personal style. Maybe you like starting with a figure and then adding in some hand-drawn elements and maybe some collage floral elements, or you could just find two different images and combine them together in an interesting way. Here's another example. Here, this person found a person in an interesting pose and then added some collage elements on top of that. Same thing here, two ideas juxtaposed, and when they're put together, it creates an interesting concept. Here's another nice example. You can start with some patterns or start with an image and then add some pattern to decorate around it, or you can add some hand painted elements to your image. You may like this more busy style as well. This piece has a ton of layers, a lot of different collage elements and drawings, and even some painted elements added into. Once you have a chance to take a look through here, we can go ahead and get started with our first collage. 3. Image Resources: For this first project, we are going to combine a photograph of a figure with some textured background. I'll show you how to get all of the images that you'll need for this project. All you have to do is start thinking about some theme that you want to follow. I'll be using female figures and incorporating some botanicals and insects, but you could go with any theme here. It could be a specific object or an idea that you want to create, or you can just look for images that you're drawn too. You can just start with a beautiful image and go from there. To start this first piece, I'm going to go back to the resources page and click See the List of Image Resources. I created this post a while ago but I just updated it with a lot of new resources. If you've looked at this page before, take a look again because I just added a lot of new image resources that I found. If you scroll down here, you'll see a whole list of images and everything that you find through these images should be okay for personal and commercial use. I'll show you how to check each individual image just to be sure, but most of these sites, I'll say that all of their images are free for personal and commercial use. The first one is the Flickr Commons. This is a huge collection where a lot of different institutions came together and contributed their photos. That's a great resource. That's probably the largest resource. The next one is the British Library. You'll find a lot of beautiful images of animals and plants, drawings, some photography as well. Next we have the Biodiversity Heritage Museum. This is an incredible collection for anyone who loves botanical illustration, insects, animals. That's a great one to go to if you're looking for a specific plant, or if you just want to browse through a lot of different plants. The next one is the State Library of New South Wales. I found a lot of good images of people on this one, so I wanted to highlight that one for this class especially. You'll find a lot of figures and interesting poses at that link. Also Old Book Illustrations contains a lot of patterns and botanical images, also a lot of figures, then you'll see some more modern images. Unsplash and Pixabay are two sites that have images that are free for personal and commercial use. We'll use some of these later on and we'll take some modern images and make them look vintage so they fit in with the style of the collage on creating. The last resource is Life Magazine. These are for personal use only. If you plan to sell your images or even if you're posting it on social media and you use your social media for a business, then you wouldn't be able to use any of these. There are a lot of incredible images on this site, so if you just want to play around and you're just sharing these for fun and not for commercial use or marketing, then it's okay to use these. I thought I'd put these here so if you're doing something just for your house or you're making a gift for a friend, or you just want to post this on your personal social media, check out the Life Magazine resource. I'm going to start with the Flickr Commons. You'll notice when you click on that link, there's two search bars. There's one up here, and there's one down here. If you search here, you're searching all of Flickr. Those are going to give you a lot of images that are not okay for personal and commercial use. If you search down here, you're just searching the commons which means they're okay to use. The first thing I'll do is just click here and enter a search term. I want to find some figures and interesting poses, so I'm going to search acrobat. You'll see right at the top a lot of interesting images. If I click on this image, I can scroll down here and see some information about it. Number 1 I can see where it came from, I can see more information about the photograph. Sometimes it's nice to tell a little story when you post these collages about where you found the photo or what the photo meant for the photographer. Another thing you'll see if you scroll down below all the comments is the information about the copyright. Now these sites do say everything's for personal and commercial use, but I always check that. Because you just never know, we don't know who cataloged all these images. Maybe one is in there by mistake, so I always check that and make sure I don't have to mention the photographer or there's some limited license related to the photograph. Another nice thing you can find below that are some related albums. Sometimes I'll click on these related albums because you can find some really interesting images through that. Here's one for example, I'll click and hold on that and click open in a new tab, and then I get a huge list of interesting poses. This is one I'll be using in one of my collages today. Then there are a lot of other interesting ones. You can start with an image you like and then get led down this trail to find more images. The last thing I would like to check is the image size. If you click on this little Share button down here, you can see exactly how big this image is. The original image that we can download is 870 by 1,150 pixels. When I think about pixels, I always think about DPI. DPI, dots per inch or pixels per inch, I always use 300. That's the standard for most print and digital users. If you think about 300 DPI, this image is about 900 pixels wide. That's three inches wide. You could never use this image at more than three inches unless you did some sharpening and procreate, which we can do. It's not going to be perfect, but that's just something to keep in mind. If you're creating a collage that's 20 inches wide, you have to think that this can only be three inches wide and the actual figure takes up only about two inches of that space. The figure can't be more than about this wide. That's just something to think about as you look at these images. It's better to find some larger images rather than tiny ones. This is the image that I really like. I'm going to download this one. I'll click on the Download button and then this one the original is 1,200 and the height is 900. We've got 900 by 1,200. That's not great. It's not a huge image but it's what we have. I'm going to work with it. I'll click Original, and that opens the image in a new tab. I'll click and hold, and click Save Image. I'm using Safari here. This may work a little bit differently in another browser, but if you have trouble, you can just switch to Safari and it should have the same process. Now that we've saved our image, we can go ahead and get started on our collage. 4. Isolating Images: To get started, I'm going to create a new image, custom size, inches, 10 by 10 inches and I'll be working at 300 DPI. I like working in a square format cause it works really well for a lot of social media uses and also print projects, but you can work at any size here, and is important to think about the number of layers when you're working with a collage. At this size I can have 55 layers. Really, I can bump this up to 15 by 15, 20 by 20, just depends on how many layers you want to be able to work with. I'll click Create and then I can click on the tool symbol, insert a photo, and then find that folder that we just saved. As you can see, it places the image in a small format because that's the size of the image and procreate is reading the number of pixels in this image. The best practice is to never make this image larger than it already is. But procreate does have a sharpening tool, so at times, I'll use the sharpening tool if there's an image I really want to use, but it's a little smaller than I need. I'm going to go ahead and make sure magnetics is selected, make sure the move tools on and just make this a little bit bigger so it fits on the Canvas and then I'll click the Move tool to set that and you can see if you zoom in, it's not a perfect image. It has fuzziness to it but this is a collage. It's a vintage image so doesn't have to be perfect to crisp. I'm okay with that little bit of haziness and I'm going to click the Adjustments tool, click Sharpen and then just slide my finger all the way up to bring that sharpening all the way to 100. That is gives it a little bit more crispness. Now I'm ready to start removing the background. I just want this main figure in the center. I'll click on my Layers panel, Create a new layer and I'm going to get a color that's very different from what's in my photo. I could use any bright color here. I'm going to go with green because I think that's a really easy to see. But the key here is whatever photo you're working with, use the color that is not in that photo. If you're working with a photo with pink and green flowers, then you might choose like a neon blue for example. Once I have that green selected, I'll click on that layer and click Fill layer. Now I just have a pure green. I'm going to drag my photo layer above that green layer and I want to start by just removing the majority of that background. I'm going to get my selection tool with free hand selected. Zoom in a little bit and just go around this figure. I don't have to get really close just enough to remove the majority. This is going to leave a lot less work for me when it comes to erasing. I've traced all the way around that figure. I'm going to drag three fingers down and click Cut and Paste. I cut that figure off of one layer and pasted it onto a new layer. Now I can remove that background layer and start removing the remainder from this figure. I'm going to zoom in really closely here so I can really see what I'm doing. You can see that the edge of this figure is a little bit fuzzy. For example, if I go to my Collage brush set and I choose Monoline is my brash. If I give it a really clean line. It almost looks a little fake because the figures fuzzy and then you've got this really harsh lines separating it from the edge. What I like to do instead of a really hard brush is the air brush that comes with procreate called soft brush and I'm going to put that on a relatively small size. What you can see is that gives me a really gentle erasing and it also allows me to slowly move in towards the edge of the figure so that I'm not doing this really harsh quick line. I'm just working my way in to remove all of that white background. I'm going to continue this process all the way around the figure and one thing to note about adjusting this brush, the larger it is, the more of the edge it'll take away. You want to be careful to get this on a lower size and make sure that as you erase, it's not removing any of the skin because then you're going to get some of the background bleeding through the skin on the edge there and that's just going to look really weird. I'm making sure I've got a pretty small air brush here and I'm also not worrying about all this extra material. I can easily come through with the monoline brush and remove that later on. I'll just continue the same process all the way around the figure. The only thing I'm going to skip for now is the hair because that's going to take a whole different process. I'm going to do all the skin areas and just skip the hair for now. I'm going through the hair on these larger areas that I can reach to this big brush and then skipping everything else inside here. Now I want to start working on this hair and there's all these tiny little spaces that need to be dealt with. I'm just going to reduce the size of my brush and then just go through and really gently try to appeal off these white areas here and the system have to be totally perfect. You can lose a little bit of the wisps of hair. That's okay. We're going to have a really unique eye-catching background. The hair is going to blend into that anyway. I'm not really worried about making this perfect. I'm just trying to show the general just of the hair and make sure that there's no white background peeking through. There are some areas that just have a tiny bit of white. In that case, I'm just going to really lightly ran my brush there and just try to buff out all the white haze. Continue the same process, all of the hair. The hair is pretty close, it's not perfect. One thing I like to do at this point is fill in some of these hazy, lighter areas. If I remove them totally, I'm going to be removing some hair as well. What I'll do is go to this layer and swipe right to Alpha lock in it and I'm swiping right with two fingers or you can click one time and click Alpha lock. Then I just want to get a color that's in the hair. I'm going to click and hold and a darker part of the hair and then I've got my brush with the same brush, the soft brush on a small size and I'll just come through some of those areas that really need some darkening and I've got almost the darkest color in the hair. I'm Just brushing over those two, just remove a little bit of that white haze. You can see as I do that the hair looks a little bit more realistic and not so much like a cut out. I'm happy with how that works. I'm ready to remove the rest of the material. I'm going to grab my eraser with the monoline brash and put that on a medium size and just go through and make sure I'm getting all that extra material and that I don't have any little hazy parts if you do just grab that soft brush on a small size and come through and clean that up. I do zoom in pretty closely to do this just to make sure I'm getting everything. 5. Blemishes and Backgrounds: I'm happy with how that looks, but I have noticed that this photo has some blemishes on it just from the wear of time. We have a few different options there. We can do what we just did with the hair, which is grab a soft brush, click and hold to get that color. Then with a really small size, just buff that out. That's an option that works well in a lot of cases, but there are some cases like this line. The just drawing, you're going to create this solid piece there that's going to draw your eye in. What I do in those cases is grab the selection tool, make sure free hand is selected and circle around an area that has a similar look to it. Drag down three fingers, copy and paste. I'm just copying a little section and moving it over here. Then I'm going to grab my soft airbrush eraser and just come through and remove any of that extra material that doesn't look realistic. Then you'd never even know that was there. I'm going to go through with all these little white dots and just decide would it be better to just paint over that area or is this a case where I need to actually copy and paste some material? I'm happy with how this figure turned out. I can go ahead and make my green layer invisible. I can also delete that background layer. I don't need that. All these little bits where I painted or I copied a selection, I just want to merge that with the figure. I'm just merging all those layers together. Now I've got my clean figure with all the blemishes removed on a single layer. The next thing I'm going to do is remove the background layer. Now the only thing I have visible is the figure. What I'm going to do is save this image because I'm going to be using this in later collages. I've already done all this work of cropping it out. I just want to save this. I don't want to lose this work that I've done. I'll click the tool symbol, click "Share," PNG as the save option. What that's going to do is save this without a background, as long as that background is made invisible. I'll click 'PNG.' Save image. Then what I always do at that point is go to my photos, go to my camera roll. That image that I just saved, I'll click "Select," click it one time, add to. Then I've created an album called cutouts. If you don't have an album, you can click "New album." I'm going to add that to cutouts. That lets me know this is an image without a background that's cleanly cut out, that can be used in any collage. This is a process I might recommend you do if you just don't know where to start. If you're just not sure what to do, go find a bunch of images that you just love and you don't know if they fit together. You don't know if it's going to be a cohesive composition. Don't worry about that. Just find some beautiful images, whatever you're drawn to, cut them out like this and save them as PNGs. Then we'll put this together later on in a composition. For this piece, I'm just going to delete my green layer. Now all I have is my figure and I want to give her an interesting background. I'm going to click "New Layer," drag that layer below, and go find a background. I'm going to head back to the downloads and resources page. I'll click see the list of image resources. I'm going to go to Unsplash. Unsplash is a site for modern, not vintage images. There's some really beautiful photography on this site. You can use these images for anything. You can edit them, change them. It isn't required to mention the photographer, although it's definitely appreciated. What I'll do is click the search bar and I'm going to search for galaxy. There are some beautiful galaxy background images on this site. I'm just going to scroll through and find one that I like. I think this one would be really beautiful with my figure right in the middle. I'll click, "Download free." Click and hold, and click "Save image." Back in procreate, I'll click the tool symbol, click, add, insert a photo, and find my galaxy that I just saved. Now we have that right behind the figure. Then I can adjust the figure a little bit by clicking the move tool. You may find at this point that there's some haziness or something that you need to remove. If you change the background color, sometimes it will reveal things that you didn't see before. At this point, I always just take a second to make sure everything looks really crisp and clear. 6. Color and Composition: I love how this figure looks, but I feel like it needs some other elements around the Canvas. I'll head back to the resources page, and I'm going to go to the Biodiversity Heritage Museum. You'll see that it sends you straight to Albums. You'll find some beautiful birds, and fish, and plants, insects here that you can add into your composition. For example, some butterflies would be a beautiful addition. I would download this just like I did the previous image, download Original, and save it to my Camera Roll and then go through and cut out any of these images that I want to use and then save them to my Cutouts Album. I've actually already done that. You don't have to sit here and watch me do this. I've saved a tone of butterflies that I liked, and I'll just go into Procreate, insert a photo, go to my Cutouts Album, and then find each butterfly I want to use. I can rotate that a little bit and then just repeat that same process. Find, my next butterfly. I'll continue this to fill up the majority of my Canvas around this figure. I'm going to have one butterfly that's interacting with the figure. That ties the two elements together. I'm just going to have her touching the wing here, and that makes it feel like these elements are related in some way. I always try to figure out, if I'm bringing in multiple elements, how can I make them interact or connect to each other? It doesn't just look totally random. When you create a Collage that totally random, it confuses the viewer. It can be funny at times, but I like creating some relationship between the elements. Just to show that as the creator of the Collage, I had something in mind when I brought these elements together. One thing I'm doing here with each of these butterflies is, I'm duplicating it and reusing it in another area. That's fine to do as long as you don't up size the image after you move it. For example, if I wanted to place two butterflies, one big and one small, I need to do the big one first and then the small one second. You wouldn't want to make a small butterfly duplicated and then make it bigger because you're just adding to the blurriness of the image when you do that. Just remember, you can always downsize but you can never up size. I'm happy with how this turned out, but I do feel like we need a little more color to make these elements stand out from the background, and so I need to start merging some of these butterfly layers. But before I do that, I'm going to save this as a master document. Go to My Gallery, click "Select", click on the image and duplicate it. Now, this is my master document. Now, I can go to this new one and do whatever I want and I never lose all the work I've already done. I tend to do this a lot because I don't want to lose any time that I've spent on a previous image. Now, I can just freely play around with this imagine and not worry at all about changes or not being able to go backwards. What I'll do first is merge all of these butterflies together by just pinching them. Now, I have the butterflies on a single Layer and I want to change their color a little bit. I'll swipe left and click "Duplicate". Then I want to fill this new Layer that I just duplicated with a color. I'll swipe two fingers right to alpha lock it, and then I'll go to get a yellow, a bright yellow color. Click on that Layer one time and click "Fill Layer". Now, I have a Layer that's just butterflies and a layer that's just solid yellow. On that solid yellow Layer, I'm going to click the n symbol here and start playing around with the Blend Modes. The Blend Modes change how the Layer underneath it interacts with it. You'll see with each of these Blend Modes that I select, and I'm changing the setting down here and then option up here. Each one is totally changing how that image appears. I really like this first one multiply. It just creates a bright yellow tone. We can also play around with Opacity. Bump that, open down to change the level of strength of that color. If you don't like that color, you can go to Adjustments, Color Balance, and add a specific color by adjusting these sliders. Click "Reset" to undo that. Or we can go to Hue, Saturation Brightness and just play around with the Hue there to get a color that works. I'm going to stick with this yellow, and now I'm going to do the same process with my figure. I really want her to stand out more than anything else in the image. Again, swipe left and duplicate. It looks like this images already on Alpha Lock. You can check that by clicking one time and seeing if there's a check mark. But also, anything on Alpha Lock will be in a checkered background. I can see that checkered background, so I know she's already alpha locked. We needed a peach color for this, click one time on that layer and click "Fill". Now, I'll repeat that same process with the Blend Modes. Click the "N" symbol, choose these options down here, and then within those options, try each sub option. I really like how this option looks. It's called Darken, and I can play around with the Opacity a little to bump that up or down. Then I would consider this piece finished. I'm happy with how this turned out. But, at this point, you can always make adjustments. You could take out the butterflies and try different insect or you could change out the figure. There are a ton of things you can do once you get to this point. Really, just playing around with the elements and seeing what works best for your style. I also wanted to show a couple more options that you could do with this piece. I didn't use a galaxy background. I just created a circle and just let the figure sit on top of that circle and then added in a few butterflies. This is a really quick simple piece, but it really stands out online. Same thing with this piece, I cut out some flowers and then added a solid background and just had the finger floating there in the center. Let's go ahead and move on to our next project. 7. Collage Stamps and Layering: For this next project, we're going to start by creating some stamps out of a ton of different cutouts that we've created. For this project, you could choose a theme. I'll be choosing female figures and interesting poses and some geometric shapes. But you could choose any theme here. You could do something around your hobby, like gardening or birds or cooking or anything at all here that works for your personal style. I've gone ahead and created a new document that is the same size we worked with last time, 10 by 10 inches at 300 DPI. The first thing I want to do is turn my cutouts into a stamp. You'll see that I've gone ahead and created some stamps that you can feel free to use. If you want to just jump in and start working with these, you can do that, but you probably will want to make your own at some point. All I do is click ''Insert a photo'' go to my cutouts album where I have all of the things I've already cut out. Click on one of those to insert it into the square. I'm just gonna make sure it's in the middle. One note here, you do have to make procreate brushes with a square. You can't use any other orientation like horizontal or vertical. Now that I have my cutout in the center, I'll click "Share", "JPEG" and "Save". Then you can go to any of the stamp brushes I've already created. I'll just go to the first one called Flowers 1. Swipe left, duplicate, click on that. Click "Source" down at the bottom here, insert photo, and then choose that image from the camera roll. You don't want to insert the PNG image that we originally cut out. You have to insert an image with a background. That's why I brought this in and added the background. If you insert the PNG, the stamp is not going to turn out correctly. Once you insert your image, you can rename it. I'll call this Girl 1. Then you can test it out so you can stamp it a few times. If something looks wrong, there's all these adjustments you can do. I won't go through all of these, but you can just play around with them and see how each one works. For example, in general preview, you can change the size of that image in the brush preview so it's easier to see. I'll leave the rest of those settings as they are and then I'll just delete this layer so I can start afresh. I've gone ahead and created all of those stamps using the cutouts that I made previously. I also made some stamps that are just geometric shapes and some dotted lines so I'll be pulling these into my collage as well. If there's a shape that you really want to use, but it's not here, you could just create it yourself and then turn it into a brush just like we just did. I just did a class on how to create all geometric shapes in Affinity Designer. If you have a really specific geometric shape in mind that you want to create an add into your collages, you can check out that class to try it out. But you can feel free to use any of the shapes I created here in your collages. The first thing I'll do is set a background color. In that first layer, I'm going to choose a color. Click on the layer one time and click "Fill". Next I'll create a new layer and on this layer I'm going to start using my stamps. I'm going to choose a bright orange color that contrasts nicely with my background color. The first thing I'll do is just start with the very first element and this is one of my acrobat women. I'll stamp at one time. If it doesn't stamp at the right size, you can always adjust the brush size over here. I'll just rotate that until it's in an orientation that I like. Make sure magnetics is always on so you don't destroy the proportions of your image. Then I'll just put that in place on my Canvas. Next I'll create a new layer and get my second figure and place that as well. I'm always putting new figures on new layer because I want to be able to adjust these individually. I don't want my first figure on the same layer as my second figure because I want to be able to rotate them independently. I'll repeat that same process, making a new layer each time and then placing my stamp. I'm letting this overlap quite a bit. I'm not worrying about every figure being totally perfect. I just want to create some interesting overlapping. I'm getting some areas like this. Next I want to add a little bit more background into this, so it's got some texture. I'll go to my background layer and create a new layer above it. Then I'm going to grab Teal as my color and get one of these textures. You'll find some half tone textures and you'll also find some other textures. I also gave away a lot of other textures in my other classes. If you don't see what you want here, check out some of the other classes to pick up a lot more texture brushes. I'm going to grab my woven lines texture. You can use the adjustment over here to make the surface larger for laying down the brush. I like how that looks, but I wanted to blend a little bit more with the other elements. Just like we did in the last project, I'm going to use a blend mode. I'll click on the "N" symbol to get the blend mode layer. Then I'll just start playing around with the various options. I like this screen option because it lightens a little bit and it lets it blend nicely with my figures. I'm going to stick with that. Next, I'll create a new layer above everything. Using that same Teal color, I'm going to come in with some shapes. I'll start with the circle. I like how the circle looks, but I really wanted to blend in like the texture did. Again, I'm just going to go through and find a blend mode that I like. I like this blend mode called screen because it creates a nice overlap with my figures, so I'm going to use that.Then on that same layer, I'm going to start grabbing my other shapes and playing around with adding those and randomly on my collage. I'm starting with my solid shapes and just trying to space those out so that I have some of those blank spaces and my collage covered. Then I'll go through with some of the wind brushes and add in some interesting lines under the collage. This is really the fun part. This is where you can totally go crazy with shapes and lines and see what works best for your style. You may want to do three or four different layers like this. It may take that many layers to get it how you wanted to look. Take your time here and just add in some interesting layering. I'm happy with how that looks, but I feel I need another layer, some extra texture or layer to make this all tied together. I'm going to grab one of these half tone brushes and set it to a medium size. We can do it that way by just stamping those or we can add some circles or any shape at all and then erase the half-tone pattern from those. I've got those circles and I'll grab my eraser, grab the half-tone pattern and then come through an array so that I'm left with just those nice little dots. At this point, you may need to play around with the figures a little bit, so that's why it's nice to have them on separate layers. My shapes are hiding the figures and I just want to be sure the figures are really the central image and the textures aren't getting in the way of that. I'm just making some tiny little adjustments. 8. Color and Sharing: I'm happy with how that looks, but I want to try out some various colors. I'll go back to my gallery, click "Select", click on the image and click "Duplicate" and then on that new duplicated image, I can just merge everything together. Because I have that master dog, I don't have to worry about losing all of this layered information, so I'm just going to pinch all of these layers together so I got one single layer, and I'll click "Adjustments, " hue saturation brightness and just play around with some other options. I really like that blue and brown version. I can duplicate that layer and create a new color version or what I like to do is go back to my gallery, click "Select," and duplicate that color version a few times. Then I can say I want to try four different color versions of the same composition. I go to the second one, hue saturation brightness, find a color that I like. I like this olive and peach, I'll keep that as a color version. Again, hue saturation brightness, I like this bright pink and teal so I'll stick with that one and for the last one here, I'll go with this bright pink. The nice thing about doing it this way and having all these separate documents is now I can really step back and look at all these and think about which one works best, which one is the best color version for my personal style. I also like to pull these into my photo gallery to get a larger view, I'll click "Select," select all of them, click "Share" "JPEG", "Save Images". Go to my photos, click on the first one and now I can really get a zoomed out view and take a minute to play around with the color ideas here. You can even add these to an album and do a slide shows, you can just really sit back and think about what color works best. I'll click "Select," select all of these, click "Add to a New Album" and let's say women collage. Now, if I go to my albums, click on that "Collage". I can click "Slideshow" and get a full-screen view of each of these. This is a nice thing to do and you just want to sit back and think what works best here. What is the best color combination for my personal style or for whatever reuse your using these projects for? It's also a nice way to present your work. You could do a screen recording of this and upload that as an Instagram story or to an Instagram post or Facebook. This is a great way to present your work and show it to the world. If you'd like to do that, you can click "Options", turn on repeat, and then you can adjust the speed here. I'm going to bump it up a little bit because I thought that was a little slow the first time around and you can also change the theme so that changes how these are fit together and I won't do that here because you can play around with that whenever you'd like. If you'd like to do screen recording of that, you can slide one finger down, click the "Record Button", and then click "Play" and it records everything that happens on the screen. When you're ready to stop recording, slide one finger down on the corner here, click the "Record Button" and the screen recording was saved to photos. Now you could use an app like iMovie to clip the top and bottom off of that. I'll click "Plus" to create a new movie, find that new screen recording which is right here, click "Create Movie" and then if I click on that clip, I can just drag this little slider until I get to the very end of that and I want to make sure it stops at a point that I want it to. I wanted to stop right here, go back to the beginning and crop out all that time at the beginning. We can also bump up the speed if you don't like the speed of this, we can click "Speed" and bump it up and then click "Play" to test my movie. That's just one interesting way to share your work online. Let's go ahead and move on to the next project. 9. Modern to Vintage: For this next project, I want to show you some easy tricks for turning a modern photo into a vintage style photo. I love using these vintage resources, but you often can't find exactly what you're looking for. If you have a really specific pose in mind, then it can be hard to find that online. In that case, you can either go to Unsplash or Pixabay and find a modern image, or you could create your own. You could ask someone to pose for you. You can get some really beautiful poses if you get someone to jump into a pool, or play around on a playground, hanging on things, dancing, there are a lot of different ways to get beautiful poses of someone else, or you can do the posing and ask someone to take pictures for you. That's the first step, either find an image online or create one yourself. Let's get started. I'm starting at the same size that we did last time, 10 by 10 inches. I have a really specific pose that I want to start with. I want to find a ballerina who's doing some pose that stretches across the Canvas, and I want to do a mirror image with those ballerinas. I'm going to go back to our image resources, and I'll go back to Unsplash and just type ballerina and see what I find. You'll find a ton of beautiful images on the side. What I'm really looking for here is not just a beautiful image, but also an image that isn't obscured at all. If you look at this one, for example, this is a nice image, but her foot is behind the other foot and I just don't like how that looks for my composition. This is a great one because you can see all of her limbs perfectly. But I don't really like the outfit because it's so modern, it just doesn't fit well with my vintage theme. I'm going to go with this one because I think this style of dress, and the pose, and everything, could translate to be a vintage image. I'll click, "Download Free", click and hold and save image. Then back to Procreate, I'll click, "Add", insert a photo, and then make this fit the Canvas. The next thing I'll do is bring down the saturation. That's how we'll turn this into a black and white photo. Click "Adjustments", hue saturation, brightness, and take the saturation all the way down. Now, we have a pure black and white image. Now, I can cut this out just like I did the first image, but I've already done that, so you won't have to sit here and watch me do that because we've already gone over that process. I'll just go to my cutouts folder where I've saved this. Now, I can start playing around with incorporating this into a collage. What I really want to do with this piece is have a mirror image of the ballerina, so I'll click the "Move Tool" and move her over to this side. Then I want her perfectly reflected on the other side. I need something to help me measure the width of this Canvas. I'm just going to grab my circle brush and I'm on a new layer, click one time, click the "Move Tool" and click "Fit to Canvas". This is a circle that's fit perfectly to my Canvas. I'll click the N symbol and reduce the opacity totally. So it's actually an invisible circle, but it's still there, as far as the program knows. Then I can swipe left on my ballerina and click "Duplicate", swipe right on my circle. I've got my ballerina and my circle both selected. I'll click the "Move Tool" and click "Flip Horizontal". Now, I have this perfectly symmetrical ballerina composition. I want these to be semi-transparent. So I'm just going to go to the layer and reduce the opacity to about 65 percent. That's going to allow some of my background color to bleed through. I just want to have a little bit more transparency like where these legs overlap and where my background comes through. I'll create a new layer below my ballerina layers and just add in a bold background by clicking on the layer and clicking "Fill Layer". Then I want to have some flowers that extend across the page here. I'll create a new layer, click "Insert Photo" and go to my cutouts. I created this rose cutout from a vintage seed packet, and it has a really beautiful color and some beautiful vintage dream arcs. I'm going to use that, but I wanted to blend a little bit more with my background. I'll click on the "Layer" and click on that N symbol and then play around with the blending modes. I really like how this linear burn looks. Let's say it bleed through the ballerinas a little bit, and so you get some of those nice flower petal textures through the dress, so I really like how that looks. Next, I want to swipe left on the flower layer and click "Duplicate" because I want to extend these flowers up into this corner, so it flows across the Canvas. I'm going to zoom out a little and rotate this new flower layer a little because I don't want it to look exactly like the original. I want to get a little bit of a different angle. I'll just play around with rotating that and trying to fit it into the image in a way that works for my style. I'll repeat the same process with this bottom corner, duplicating my center flowers, rotating a little bit, and fitting those in. Next, I want to have some more layering. Our layer above everything, I'm going to get black as my color. I'm just going to grab some of these line stamps, so here's the circle line and maybe the triple line, and I'm just going to layer these around the Canvas. I'm not worrying too much about where they lie. I want it to look really random. I'm just playing around with some random overlapping shapes here. I'm happy with how those look, but again, I want to blend those in, so I'll play around with my blend modes. I really like this one because it changes based on what it's overlapping. So with darker colors, it gets wider, with lighter colors, it gets darker. That one looks nice, but I think I'm going to stick with these soft line, which is just a really subtle overlay on everything. Next, I will get white as my color and on a new layer, I'm just going to lay down some solid shapes. I'm just trying to space those out around the Canvas, and I've got those all on a single layer. The first thing I'll do is reduce the opacity a little bit, so they're not quite as intense. Sometimes I'll do a blend mode and sometimes I'll reduce the opacity. It just depends on what effect I'm going for that time. Next, I'll grab the eraser and I just want to erase some halftone shapes out of this. If your halftone dots are too large, what you can do is click on that brush, click on "Grain", go to scale and reduce the scale. That's the way that you can adjust any texture, brush, and procreate. Just going to adjust that grain, then when I swipe, I get some more tight dots. I like the way that looks better than the larger dots. One last thing you may want to do, if your images just look too clean like this girl's, it looks like a modern photo still. What you may want to do here is give it some vintage photo texture. I've got three brushes here, photo fading, photo spots, and photo texture. What you can do is with your eraser, with one of these brushes, just go through, make sure you're on the ballerina layer and you can merge your figures together so that you're doing this all on one layer. Just play around with removing some material using these three brushes. You'll see that you can really quickly create a vintage look with this. We've got some scratches, we've got some fading, and that just gives you that nice photo texture that makes it look a lot more like a vintage image. Of course, the last thing you can do, just like we did with the last piece, is start playing around with some color versions. Just like we did last time, go to your gallery, select and duplicate, merge everything together, and then play around with some color versions. We can also play with the saturation. If that blue is too intense or not intense enough, you can just come in here and bump it up or bump it down. I like this really intense version, but you could also go with a more vintage faded blue like this. Let's go ahead and move on to our next project. 10. Gestures and Lettering: So for this next project, I want to combine some vintage images with some text. The first step is to look for a vintage image that has some interesting gesture. You can think about the way the hands are positioned or the head, and the figure should be making some gesture that allows it to interact with the text. In the picture, I found the figure had a really interesting hand possession, and I thought that would be a good opportunity to have her interact with some text. What I did for this next project is I started by finding a tone of images. I'm always looking for these poses with interesting gestures and movements, because you just never know when you'll find a need for that in a composition. The first thing I recommend is just going through and finding some interesting gestures. Whatever works for your personal style, whatever character figure, and of course, if you can't find what you're looking for, you can easily create something like this. You can pose yourself or you can ask someone else to pose for you. As you can see here, I really just started by gathering resources. Once you have all your resources, you can just pull the best one out of the stack, and get started with your piece. I'm starting at the same size that we've been working with, 10 by 10 inches. I'll click Add, insert a photo, and I've gone ahead and cut my figure again, so you don't have to watch me do that, but I use the same process that we used in the first project. The first thing I'll do is get this image lower on the canvas, because I know I want to have a word up here, and I want her projecting that word out with her hands. I really liked this image because of the hands. It looks like you could have something radiating out from here, and so I'm going to have that be a word. Next, I'll create a new layer below that figure layer. I'm just going to grab a light gray, and fill that layer. I'll put a layer above that, and get white as my color. I just want to add some nice simple dots in the background. I just have a little bit of an interesting background to start with. Next, I want to add in some text. I'll click the tool symbol, add text, and my word is going to be persist. I'll click Edit Style, bump up the size so it fits all the way across this canvas, and choose a font. I like this text because it works, it has a vintage feel to it. I'm going to stick with that, and right now, it's white. I may change that color later, but for now, I'm happy with white as my color. I'm going to create a new layer above that layer and grab the colored pencil as my brush, and then pink as my color. I just want it to appear that her hands are radiating this word. I'm going to go from the center of her palm, click and hold, I get a straight line and let it connect to that letter. I'm going to move my word above everything, so there's no overlap between the lines and the lettering. I'm just going to repeat the same process with both hands all over this lettering. I like wearing these lines overlap a little bit. As you can see, I'm using a really thin line, but you could certainly do a thick line here. You could do multiple colors, single color, you could do a totally different line, or you could just do some drawing, it doesn't have to be straight lines like I'm doing. You can imagine if you just start with a gesture that you find in one of these photographs or you create your own. You can really get some interesting effects and just really make your lettering stand out online. I'm going to multiple colors in here, I think this is going to look really nice with several different colors. I'm just switching to yellow and repeating the same process. I like how this text turned out, but I wanted to be a little bit more bold. I'll click on the layer and click Edit text and then I can just click on a color. I'm going to go with a color that's not pure black, but pretty close. More like the colors that we're seeing in her dress down here. Then I'm just going to go like I've got a stray mark here on this layer. I'm just going to erase that. I want that text to stand out even more. Meaning get white as my color, and just grab the monoline brush, come through here and just add in a little bit of highlight to this letter. I can do it this way by filling it in or I can use the text layer to do a color drop. To do that, I'll just click on the layer, and click Reference. Then the layer below it is referencing it. So if I just drop color, it'll drop it into those spaces in the letter. 11. GIFs and Options: I'm happy with this piece but I do think it would be perfect if it had some movement to it. I want to turn this into a GIF. What I need to do is think about the layering and play around with these layers quite a bit. Before I do any of that, before I mess with any of my original layers, I'm going to go back to my gallery, click "Select", click on the image and click "Duplicate". Go to that new layer, go to the new image and now I can start playing around with layers without worrying about losing my original. When it comes to a GIF, what we need to think about is the different layers that we want to see in the GIF. The first thing I want to see is the background and the woman. The second thing I want to see is the background, the woman and the lines. The third thing is the background, the woman, the lines and the text. I need to group these layers so that I can achieve this layered effect. The first thing I'll do is get the text all on one layer, because I want that to be a single thing that appears and I'm going to start by duplicating the background. I know I've got three stages, the woman, the lines and the texts. That means I need three background layers. I know that the woman will appear on every single one of those, so I'll duplicate her three times and then just move her in-between those background layers and merge them. Now I've got three layers that are exactly the same. The woman in the background, all three times. Next I'll duplicate the string layer and move that down. The first layer is just the woman, the second layer I want to be the woman and the string, so I'm going to merge the two layers with the woman and the string. Now I just have, this is my second layer and this is my first layer. You can turn those on and off to see what your GIF will look like. Then my third layer is the woman, the string and the text. I'll merge all three of those together and just check my work. The top is the third stage, the middle is the second stage and that's the first stage. Once you're happy with how that looks, you can go to share, animated GIF. Then you can adjust the frames per second and just keep an eye on that preview as the layers appear. I want it to be a little bit faster and then we can save. I always save as full resolution, web ready would be great if you were going straight to a website and you don't need it to be too large. I'm going to go with full resolution. Then I'll just click "Save Image." That's just an interesting way to share your lettering that makes it stand out a little bit more online. Another option you could do for this image is ignore the lettering part and just have the hands radiating something. It doesn't necessarily have to be a lettering piece, you could connect two figures together with these lines, you could just have the figure radiating randomly. In this other piece, I saw this figure who was taking off her sunglasses. I thought that was a perfect opportunity to have her eyes radiating something. You can really get creative with these and just play around with the image you have to see how you can make it interact with your line work. Also rather than text or lines, you could do some botanical drawing like I did in this piece. I added the figure and then I added the floral cut-out and just did some leaf line-drawing behind the flowers. Then I used a half tone texture in the background and just played around with some background colors and adjusting the hue [MUSIC] and saturation on the flowers. I hope you enjoyed this class and that you feel inspired to start creating your own collagens. If you liked this class, you may like some of my other classes where I cover a lot more ways to design and paint on your iPad, like how to create vintage style lettering, how to create modern folk art and how to sell your work and create mark-ups using Society 6. Check those out on my profile if you want to see more. Also I share a lot of free downloads and resources for iPad artists and designers on my blog. If you'd like to get more like you got for this class, check out my site. I would absolutely love to see your finished collage, so please share what you make. You can do that here on Skillshare in the project section or you could tag me on Instagram or Facebook. You could also join the Facebook group I created for iPad artists, illustrators, letterers and digital planners. It's a place to get opinions and advice on iPad drawing, painting and digital planning and get inspired by digital creations from around the world. If you love creating things on your iPad and want to join other people around the world in conversation, sharing ideas and seeing each other's work, check out the group to the link on my website. If you have any questions about the process you learned in this class, please reach out to me. You can reply to my discussion here on Skillshare or you could contact me through my website. Thanks so much for watching and I'll see you again next time. Bye bye.