Part two for my beloved comrades…

In the next step, we’ll resize and cut the picture, merge, blah blah blah…

  • Resize
  1. The way to resize a layer is to use Free Transform  under the Edit drop-down menu. Resize the layer according to the square where you want to put the picture on. To lock the width-to-height ratio, hold the Shift button on your keyboard while resizing the layer.image
  2. If you need to see the square behind the picture, just adjust the Layer Opacity inside the Layer panel. image . Now you should be able to see the square behind Eddy’s picture and at the same time resize the layer.
  3. If you are happy with the size, get out of the Transforming state by double clicking the layer. Change back the opacity to 100% if you changed it before.
  4. Attention! Once you resized the layer smaller, and gone out of the Transformation state, making the layer bigger will result in a lower resolution picture.
  • Cut the Edges
  1. Now that you have the desirable size and position, you might want to cut the unwanted area because you want to fit Eddy into a perfect square.
  2. On the C layer, using the Magic Wand tool, select the square where you want Eddy to be. Don’t worry if Eddy’s picture is blocking the view. You have to have something that look like this: image
  3. Nest step is to Select Inverse. You know exactly how to do that by now.
  4. Then, change back to Eddy’s layer.
  5. Hit the Delete button as hard as you can.
  6. You now have a perfect square layer with Eddy inside it. Do the same steps with other pictures.
  • Merge the Layers
  1. Once you’ve finished, you might want to clear the cluttering layers of pictures in the Layer panel. This step is optional, but because the succeeding steps are going to treat all those pictures the same, you might want to do this as it will cut the editing time short.
  2. To merge layers, choose the layers you want to merge in the Layer panel. Note that you can use Shift to select multiple files and Ctrl to jump multiple files just like in Explorer.
  3. Right-click on any of the layers selected and choose Merge Layers. This can also be done by using Ctrl+E or under the Layer drop-down menu.
  4. You now have one layer for all pictures of classmates and you can now delete the C layer.
  • Inner Shadow
  1. To make the shadow so that it appear that the picture is inside cut-out holes, we are going to add an effect called Inner Shadow. Click on the Add Layer Style button image (fx means effects) on the Layer panel, then choose Inner Shadows…. The Layer Style window will pop up.
  2. Play with the properties there including the angle to achieve what you want for the picture. You can refer to the picture itself since it is WYSIWYG. For me, this is what I used:image
  • Background and Text styling
  1. You should know now how to copy a layer from a file to another. Do the same with the background. To change the position of the background layer to the back, simple hold-click and drag the background layer in the Layer panel to the bottom of the layer list just above the default white ‘Background’ layer. You can also resize the layer by using Free Transform under the Edit menu.
  2. To add the text layer for the word CHIMIE in the middle, simple use the Text tool. Click on the canvas and type the word. You can adjust the size, the font etc.
  3. To make the effect I have on the resulting photo, we are going to use Inner Shadow, Drop Shadow and Inner Glow effects. To access this properties, use the same way as we did for the Inner Shadow step where on the Add Layer Style button, we also have the other two options. This is what I did for the CHIMIE layer: imageimageimage
  4. To have a fast access to the effects if you want to change it back, just double-click on the listed effects under it’s layer in the Layer panel:image . Finally adjust the opacity to 0% and you should have something like this: image
  • Path-Following Text
  1. If you have not noticed, the text ‘PreFrance 07 2008-2010’ is resting on the side of the Eiffel Tower. To do this, we have to create a path for the text to follow. I usually use the Pen Tool image to create a path.
  2. Just click from points to points just like this: image .
  3. If you are satisfied with the path you created, switch directly to the Text Tool.
  4. Move your cursor to the path you have just created. You will notice that the Text cursor change to something like this image every time you hover it on the sideline. That means, the line is ready to be the path for the text. Click when you are ready to type. For this photo, I used the Jellyka – Estrya’s Handwriting font which is available for free here, thanks to
  5. Just to know where you are heading with the path, change the opacity of the layer which contains the path so that you can see the background layer or just delete the layer since the text layer already contains the path information. You will have something like this: image
  6. Now you have to belanja me some sushi or KFC or Secret Recipe cakes. Just joking. Au revoir!

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