As a lifestyle photographer, I enjoy telling people stories –their story. I keep this in mind from the moment a client contacts me to the moment I submit their images, whether it be online or in print. I have noticed many lifestyle photographers display their images online using storyboards, or photo collages. They all have one thing in common: they tell a story! Early in my photography journey, I admired these photographers, but never did think of approaching them with my “newbie” questions. Since then, I have found various approaches, but only one that works for me. Let’s face it, if it doesn’t work for you, chances are that no matter how good the ideal, it won’t be implemented.
First of all, open PSE and the images that will be included in your storyboard. I use PSE 11, but the steps should be the same for other versions.
Creating a Storyboard in Photoshop Elements
Create a new document: File > New > Blank File
You will then see the following screen:
I size my original document at a width of 8 inches to help when dragging full resolution images into it without a need to resize them at this point.
Once your document opens, begin by dragging images from your photo bin and rearranging them until you are satisfied with the result. You can resize the image to fit by simply clicking on each corner, resizing, and clicking on the green arrow when complete.
This is where your creativity takes over. There are probably thousands of ways of doing this. I like to keep it simple. You may zoom in and out when arranging the images. I find it easier to see the document as a whole. I also find it helpful to view a grid.
You can do so by going to View > Grid.
When you are finished organizing the images on the document, zoom in and make sure none of the background is showing and that images line up. You can always right click on an image and Send to Back or Send to Front. This helps speed up the process a lot!
Finally, flatten your image by right clicking on the background layer. Resize your document for the web. Feel free to play around with these settings and find what works best for your images and your blog site. I currently use Pro Photo. My blog displays images at a width of 1000 pixels. I use an action to simplify the process. It also sharpens for the web. After the image is resized, I open my watermark and drag into the storyboard. It’s very easy to resize to my liking and then duplicate the layer for the various images.
You can view the complete board on my blog at Sara Gordon Photography.
1. Open new document and images to use. File > New > Blank File (I usually start mine at 8 in X 20 in and then resize as needed).
2. Drag images into the document and rearrange to your liking. View > Grid
3. Zoom in to make sure everything lines up and flatten image.
4. Resize document for the web (usually about 1000 px).
6. Apply your watermark.
Again, there are various ways of displaying your images online. You can purchase premade templates or create these templates yourself using clipping masks. I find this way gives me the freedom to use my images to tell a story without having the restriction of a premade template – it also helps cost as it is free.