Using A Mask To Create A Collage

© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

ABOUT THE IMAGE

Lacrosse Action Photos of the Week Canon EOS 1D digital camera, 300mm f/2.8 IS with 1.4x tele-extender, ISO 200 to 1,600, Fine image quality setting, images have been edited and cropped to be 125 x 187 pixel .jpg images

Many art stores, frame shops, and photo stores offer pre-cut collage matte boards, which make it easy to display multiple photos on a single matte board. This technique shows you how to create a digital collage that allows you to easily slip digital images behind a collage mask so that it looks just like the pre-cut matte boards. The benefit of this approach is that you can create a collage mask once, and then use it each time you need to display new photos.

Figure 29.2 shows how a collage mask is used to display eleven lacrosse action photos of the week on a Web page. This pre-defined collage mask may be found on the Companion CD-ROM. If you want to create a collage to print (you need more resolution), or if you want to design your own, follow the instructions in Step 1. Otherwise, skip to Step 2 and use the predefined mask.

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