How to Create Surreal Collage Graphics – Design Tutorial

How do you create collage art? How do you design a surreal collage in Photoshop? How do you come up with a good concept to design? In this tutorial, Matthew Encina takes you through the process of how he creates the collage graphics for The Futur Youtube channel.

🖐These are the 5 steps Matthew takes to create each collage:
1. Identify the concept. Brainstorm ideas. 00:21
2. Finding the right stock images. 01:24
3. Build the composition in Photoshop. 02:42
4. Create a dynamic background. 06:06
5. Add depth and dimension. 11:26
6. Final touches. Adding real textures to make the collage feel real. 14:11

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