A picture collage is an exquisite piece of art made out of pictures of different shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Picture collages has been a part of modern art since the mid 20s. You can use either pictures or photographs to create a picture collage. A picture collage containing only photographs is also known as a photo collage.
Picture Collage, the hard Way!
There are two techniques to create a picture collage, manually or digitally. If you want to create it manually, start gathering some basic tools such as pictures, scissors, a base and glue. You can collect pictures from newspapers, magazines, scrap books or old painting books. Even photographs, old as well as new, can be used for making a picture collage. Mixing up some photographs with hand-drawn sketches is another great idea for a picture collage. Choose a base of any texture or color, as long as it complements the colors of your collage contents, and start cutting out the pictures with the scissors. Cut the pictures in varied shapes and sizes, in order to best emphasize certain pictures or colors. Paste the pieces of your pictures to the base, to form a design of your choice. Allow it to dry for a few hours after which your first picture collage is ready. Making manual picture collage is fun, even if it takes considerable time to create it.
Digital Picture Collage
A digital picture collage is much easier to make and it takes less time than the manual version. All you need is an image-editing software such as Picture Collage Maker, Adobe Photoshop and Pixel Image Editor. Begin by scanning the pictures and photographs and saving them on your computer, or you can even download pictures from the internet. After opening a blank document, drag and drop the selected pictures on the background you have chosen. Use the tools provided by the software to add various effects to your collage. You can also add a frame surrounding your picture collage. When downloading pictures from the internet, make sure you are not violating any copyrights, particularly if you plan to sell you picture collages.
To know more about picture collages, download e-books and read free tutorials pertaining to this form of collage making. Draw inspiration from other picture collage makers, and browsing through their work will give you a clearer idea on how to structure your collage. You can also join local hobby clubs, or if there aren't any, create one with other enthusiasts. This will allow you to discuss the different aspects of the art and share designs and ideas, which will further assist you in creating an exquisite picture collage.