You ask for it, I deliver it. A few of you asked how I make collage board type things like this one or this one so I went and put together a tutorial for you just to make things easy. Sure, you could use design software for this type of thing but when someone has already invented a website to make things easy, why bother? *side eyes Photoshop* Also, I have this on-going problem where I assume everyone knows how to do everything I do so once again, I was proved wrong. There's always new shit to learn, right? So if you don't know, let's learn!
I use Polyvore. If you aren't familiar, Polyvore works similar to Pinterest, which I'm gonna go ahead and assume you know. Instead of pinning, you clip things to your Polyvore account. Instead of pinning them though, never to be seen again, you'll play around with your images and make something awesome. So go sign up for Polyvore. I'm pretty sure they don't put you on a waiting list like Pinterest did so yeah, bonus. Sign up and install the 'Clip it to Polyvore' button to your toolbar.
When you find something you want to clip, like this outfit Gabe must own from the Gap, clip it!
You can fill in any info you might want then hit Save. It will save it to your Polyvore account.
Once you have your stuff, or stuffs, clipped, head back over to Polyvore. Under the Create section, choose Create a Set.
Your blank collage space is now waiting for you. On your right, you'll see all sorts of fun things to play around with. Polyvore is a fashion and design centered site, so you have access to all of the things everyone else has been clipping for years. They also have backgrounds, text, all sorts of things to mess around with.
If you click on My Items, you'll see everything you've clipped. See, you'll recognize all of the toys I clipped for Gabe's birthday present post.
All you need to do is click and drag the item over to your collage space. You can play with it there, enlarging it and whatnot. Now see the column of three little outfits right down there? Those are your background options. The first one, which I usually use, is no background whatsoever. This makes for a nice clean image. The second one is a white background and the third is a custom crop. If this outfit was sitting on a loud background, I could literally go around the whole thing clicking and clicking to crop out just the outfit. If that doesn't make sense, just play around with it, it will.
You can go and add text too. Click on the All Items tab, then text. Pick the font you want, then 'Add to Set'.
Type in the little box, change the color or font then hit update.
I gotta admit though, Polyvore is pretty limited with the fun little things to jazz up your collage with. But you can get creative. I found this ink splot, changed the color and opacity, made sure I hit 'Backwards' so it went behind my outfit and text and called it a day. Kinda cute right?
Once you're done playing around, hit Publish on your left side. You have to give it a name and pick a category. My rando crap is always Art & Expression. Verrrrry artsy.
Your completed collage will pop up looking fantastic. You can go back in and edit from this page or you can publish it. I usually get the html code to put in my blog posts. Click Post to Blog on the right side.
Here you can choose how you want it to look. If you're doing a wishlist type thing and want all of the links to show at the bottom, it will format it for you. I usually do it myself so I choose the one on the far right. Copy and paste your code and you're good to go!
Was that helpful at all guys? I've been able to not learn and not buy a lot of expensive software by using fun little websites like this one. So I'll be over here, blissfully ignorant, clipping away.
It's obvious that Polyvore has no idea who I am or that I'm writing this post, right? Ok, good. Because they don't.