Dive into the Surreal World of Digital Collage

Dive into the Surreal World of Digital Collage

In case you haven’t noticed, collage is soooo hot right now. Like, eating a ghost pepper in Death Valley on a mid-July day kind of hot. Photo editing tools and effects have given this art form a techy makeover, and caused the introduction of a new term — digital collage.

All kinds of arty cool kids — from high schoolers to professional artists — are creating jaw-dropping images that bend your brain and make you rethink the definition of “collage” (in a really, really good way). We want you to be the best darn digital collage maker you can be, so here’s a look at some trends and tips on how to get similar looks with PicMonkey.

Less is more

This digital collage uses vintage imagery and a cat face.
The first rule of digital collage: there are no rules in digital collage. Some call for oodles of images, and others make a big impact with only a few. There’s no right, no wrong, and no magic number of images, so try out different looks until you find the one you like best.

Tip: To get a two-rectangle look similar to this one, open the images you want to use in our photo collage maker. Get rid of the border by moving the Spacing slider in the Background tab all the way to zero.

Geometry and repetition

This digital collage features a majestic animal and geometric shapes.
Make an ordinary photo into an extraordinary photo collage with repetition and geometric shapes.

Tips: Take a look at Shape Cutouts in the Frames tab to crop your photo into a shape in seconds. When you place your shapely image on top of your original, use the rotate handle to play with the orientation of your overlay.

Double exposure-y

Digital collages with a double exposure look are oh-so trendy.
You’ve probably heard the term “double exposure.” This downright gorgeous two-in-one has been around basically since photography became a thing, and now we’re seeing it employed as a fundamental element of digital collage.

Start by combining the two base images of your collage into a double exposure (check out our double exposure tutorial video for the low-down on how). Once you’ve created your double exposure image, open it in the Editor and add more cool stuff like the Postal overlay in this image, or Bats, from the Vampires theme.

Tips: If you want to add your own overlays, using the Your Own button, here’s how you can cut an image out of a background, and make it transparent for layering.
Click Design from the top toolbar and select a canvas size to follow along.

  1. In Canvas Color, click the Transparent canvas box.
  2. Click the Overlays tab, click Your Own and open the image you want to clip.
  3. Use the Eraser in the Overlay palette to remove your image’s background and anything else you don’t want.
  4. Use Crop in the Basic Edits tab to crop your image close to its edges, and click Save.

Get more juicy tips on adding your own overlays from one of our favorite PicMonkeyers, The Graphics Fairy.

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.