How to construct an Instagram Collage in 7 Steps

Back in school, my art teacher often gave us home assignments that involved creating collages. I always ended up with glue on every finger and an enraged mom. Quick advice: always inquire of for permission before you prick up your mother’s favorite magazines.

Joke aside, collages are perfect when you want to express a mood or uncover a legend. Brand designers often employ them to capture the overall character of a brand before they salvage to create the logo.

However, you don’t occupy to be a designer to benefit from a graceful collage. You can employ it to:

  • Express your mood
  • Share your business vision and values
  • Present your work process and work environment
  • Share closeup details of your products
  • Present a whole product line
  • Share a legend
  • Share an event
  • Highlight your current favorites (trends, products, projects, gift ideas)

Creating Digital Collages, The Easy Way

Luckily, there’s no need for glue sticks anymore because you can create collages digitally – yay!

Creative Market has lots of templates for you to construct the process even easier and achieve a professional result.

In this post, I’m going to demonstrate you the 7 steps of customizing collage templates in Photoshop to match them to your brand. You’ll learn:

  • How to add your own photos
  • How to change the text
  • How to change the colors
  • How to export your files

In just a few clicks, you’ll be able to create eye-catching collages that are perfect for sharing on Instagram Stories.

How to Customize Collage Templates in Photoshop

Step 1: Preparation

For this tutorial, I chose a collage template from the Scandinavia Instagram legend Pack.

Before you open Photoshop, construct a folder on your computer and keep there the photos you want to employ. construct sure to occupy your brand color codes and fonts at hand too.

Step 2: Understanding the layers

After downloading the template, open it in Photoshop and construct sure that the Layer Panel is visible. depart to Window/Layers to open it.

construct sure that the Layers Panel is visible.

There are many types of layers in Photoshop and they all occupy different functionality. When you quickly glance at the layer panel, you’ll see that some layers occupy special thumbnails. They support you quickly identify the functionality of the layers.

Cheat sheet for different Photoshop layer types.

The most distinguished layers you must know when customizing templates:

  • Type layers: these layers contain your text
  • Shape layers: these layers contain vector graphic shapes
  • Smart object layers: these layers will contain your photos
  • Art layers: these layers contain any rasterized artwork
  • Adjustment layers: these layers contain image adjustments, for example, brightness and contrast or hue and saturation settings.

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Download this kit to quickly export Instagram shots that match your brand’s visual style. PSD and AI files are included, as well as a moodboard to display your brand’s assets.

Step 3: Changing the photos

Let’s start by changing the photos.

Most collage templates approach without photos for license reasons. But this shouldn’t frighten you. The photo placements are already there.

behold for layers that the designer named as “keep your photos here” or similar. As you can see, these are smart object layers which means that if you double click on their thumbnails, a original Photoshop window opens up. Everything you enact and save in this original window will be visible in your collage.

To add your photo:

  1. Double click on the layer thumbnail.
  2. In the original window that opens up, paste in your image (File/spot Embedded or just drag & drop from your file browser)
  3. Size the photo to cover the whole artboard
  4. Click save and close the smart object. Your photo now appears in the collage.

Add photos to your collage template

enact the same thing with the rest of the smart object layers.

Step 4: Changing the adjustments

In this template, each photo has a clipped color adjustment layer that adds a soft beige overlay. You can turn them off or if you want you can change the adjustment, the blending mode or opacity of the overlay.

Change the adjustment:
Change the adjustment layers

Change the blending mode & opacity:

Step 5: Changing the text

If you want to change the text:

  1. Press “T” to salvage the type tool or choose it from the Tool Panel.
  2. Click on the text and type in your words.
  3. Then click on the checkmark at the top to accept the changes.

Change text

To change the font, color, and other characteristics of your text, open the Character Panel (Windows/Character).

Step 6: Changing the colors

The method of changing colors depends on the layer type.

For Shape Layers, double click on the layer thumbnail and pick your color from the Color Picker window.

Change colors on shape layers

For Type Layers, depart to the Character Panel, and click on the rectangle next to “Color”, then pick the desired color from the Color Picker window.

Change colors on text layers

For Art Layers, you can double click on the layer to open up the Layer Style Panel and add a Color overlay effect.

Change colors on art layers with color overlay

Or you can lock the transparent pixels and depart over the artwork with a brush in your selected color.

Change colors on art layers with transparency lock and brush

Step 7: Exporting

Now that you added your photos and matched the template to your brand, you can save your work and export it to an image file (JPEG or PNG are recommended).

Because we create this collage for Instagram, the most optimal is to depart to File/Export/Save for Web. Here, you can choose the file type and the level of quality you prefer.

Exporting your collage to the just format for Instagram Stories

Now you’re ready to send the collage to your phone and post it to your Instagram Stories.

What about animated templates?

Many Instagram legend templates are animated. These can be edited in Photoshop the same way as the static templates.

To see the animation settings, you’ll occupy to open up the Timeline Panel (Window/Timeline). This shows you all the transitions and transformations on each layer.

After adding your photos, text and colors, depart to File/Export/Render video to save the animation into an mp4 video file.

Looking for the just Collage Templates?

As you can see, you really don’t occupy to be a Photoshop ninja to start using and customizing collage templates for your brand. The hardest fragment is to figure out which awesome template to pick…

Here are some of my favorite Instagram legend template packs:

Want to depart The Extra Mile with Your Collages?

You can further personalize the collage templates by adding extra graphic elements. These elements should be in PNG format on transparent background. Simply drag and drop them into the Photoshop file and arrange their layers to achieve the preferred result.

The following products can add a unique touch to your digital collages, especially if you’re looking for a hand-crafted behold:

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salvage your free grid template

Download it now


Download it now

Design a cohesive Instagram grid

Download this kit to quickly export Instagram shots that match your brand’s visual style. PSD and AI files are included, as well as a moodboard to display your brand’s assets.

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