Spring Greetings Card by Kasia-D


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The parrot tulip is quite a stunning flower. I was attracted to their unusual multicolour petals and feathered, crinckly petal shape. They look quite amazing when the flower opens up and the jagged edges move to varying angles and display different colours. I think this is an apricot parrot tulip.

Nikon 200 and Sigma 50 mm macro lense. Slight enhancement of vibrance, correction of lighting, polarisation filter and cropping in CS4 with NikColorEfex filters.

Featured in Collective Collage

16.08.2010, 100 views.

Collage created in CS4, using different layers and textured background:

Before I start creating a collage I always select a set of suitable pictures on a theme and draw a rough diagram on paper how I’d like to have the layout e.g. 1 portrait shot surrounded by four landscapes. I save copies of all the shots into a sub-folder and do any necessary post-pro on the individual shots. Then I proceed as follows:

  • create a new file with 2:3 format as required by Redbubble e.g 4000×6000 px.
  • fill the background layer, including treatment, etc.
  • create a new layer for the collage
  • set the margins by adding new guides e.g. at 400, 5600 vertical and 400, 3600 horizontal.
  • Now comes some maths: calculate the width and height of each shot taking into account the margins and the space between shots while keeping aesthetic proportions.
    Let’s take the width as an example:
    6000 px total width
    - 2 × 400 px margins
    - 2 × 100 px space
    = 5000 px in total available for the shots.
    The simplest solution is to divide the shots evenly i.e. 5000/3 = 1666 px per shot (the middle shot can have 2 px more:-)
  • Follow the same process for the height, adding more space for the text as necessary.
  • Add new guides at the left-hand and upper position of each shot, as required
  • Separately, crop each shot to the resulting sizes , copy and insert into the collage. Moving to fit in the set guides.
  • Adjust the layout of shots to match theme and giving a pleasing composition.
  • Add text as required
  • Save in jpg for uploading to Redbubble.

Have fun!

A version with darker background:


100views, apricot parrot tulip, collage, flower, macro, spring

Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate semi-professional photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Another awesome work Kasia. Love it. Don.

  • Don, thank you. As I said, I had to go back – and I prefer this lighter version:-)

    – Kasia-D

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Thank you!!

    – Kasia-D

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Kasia!!! And such an unusual flower!! I love your presentation and the time it took to explain how to do it!! You are so patient and kind!!! Vxo :))))

  • Vicki, thank you for your lovely comment and kind words!
    This really is an usual flower and I just happened to pick up a bunch – it didn’t even look that special all wrapped up and the buds unfurled. It was only when I got home and saw it unfurl in the right light that I was inspired to get out my cam for the first real photo shoot in ages:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 4 years ago

    stunning collage

  • Di, thank you for your lovely comment and even more for featuring this collage in your group. I’m thrilled to bits!! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 4 years ago

    Kasia, this is brilliant! Each photo is beautiful in itself, but together they make a stunning collection. Congrats on your feature, and thanks for the detail of how you made it. I’d love to try it myself, but haven’t been brave enough yet. ;-)

  • Thank you for taking so much time to look so closely at this collage and comment too! It doesn’t take courage. Just pick a topic and some suitable shots and experiment:-)
    To start off with, you could try using some of the tools in software that create mosaics or collages e.g. in Picasa.
    Good luck! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • aussiedi
    aussiedialmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations Kasia

  • Thank you – that it is lovely to hear!

    – Kasia-D

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