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How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a cool vintage collage, in Photoshop CS5, and apply it to a stock image. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

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How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1000px by 1500px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with #9A9A9A color the new background layer.

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Find a stock photo with a model represented on it, I used this Retro portrait from Shutterstock. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or if you prefer, you can substitute similar image of your own.

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract and insert it on a new layer in our main document.

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select Hard Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint the canvas as shown. The brush’s color is black.

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 21% for this layer and change the Blending mode to Overlay.

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and between the portrait’s layer and the brush’s one on the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

How to Create a Cool Vintage Collage Design in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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