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The term collage would remind you of your childhood days when you used to cut out and paste pictures in a scrapbook. The arrangement of pictures with texts made them a great fun activity. With digital collages, it is not much different. Some people design it as a past time and some use it for professional use. Whether you are creating the artwork for your social media page or for selling prints, here are is a guide to get you started.

Focus on composition

Collage is not just about gathering random pictures or elements, but rather a smart way to present them as one. There should be planning into what goes in the piece. Every tiny little detail is also important. You can use different techniques such as the rule of thirds, one point perspective or even two point perspective. Try and capture movement and fluidity in your artwork. You will have different elements present with you and you can use their starting points to create something extraordinary. However, this trick is most useful for physical collages, rather than digital.

Pick a theme

If you are not able to decide what you want to base your collage on, you can pick a theme to get started. Setting limits will keep you grounded as you would only choose the elements which go along with the theme. You will also unleash your creative abilities with the restriction. There’s no hard and fast rule to choose a theme. You can select something very simple, like winter, or something abstract such as mystery. Select something which inspires you or if it is for a business page, then pick something related to your brand or a campaign you are working on. As you start collecting materials, you will start to see which items match with the theme, hence making your choice easier.

Play with color contrasts

The use of contrast will bring a charm in your artwork. Be it graphic design, cinematography or architecture, contrast can turn a design around. Human brain responds well to the use of different colors that are opposite in nature. You can create a fusion of vintage black and white with a loud contemporary piece. Or a highly defined element with a blurry background can create the right tension in your artwork. A great collage should attract the viewer and make them look at it in detail. It is the perfect way to bring a combination which looks classy and sophisticated. Don’t try blending too light colors, as that would not make a statement.

With these tips, we hope you can create professional collages that are beautifully created artwork. You can also use these on a digital platform and print too.