Photoshop Overlay Photos Tutorial

How to superimpose photos

 You are always looking for special effects on your photos for your scrapbooking or other albums? In this page, you will see how to create the illusion of an assembly of superimposed photos to create a larger one...

Simple photo assembly....

Here is the final effect you will be able to achieve:

The photos are superimposed "roughly" to reconstitute the final image.... We have removed the background to keep only the 5 assembled images... At the end, a sheet of polka dot paper has been added at the back of the result.

Here is the tutorial with Photoshop: no difficulty to transpose it into your image processing software: PhotoFiltre, TheGimp or other...


Open the image to be processed in Photoshop...


In a new layer (Layer1) define a selection that you will fill with the color White.


Copy the selection and paste it 4 times in a row: you now have 5 layers (Layer 1... Layer 5).


With the move-tool, arrange the 5 white frames so that they cover your photo by making them overlap slightly.


When the overlay is complete, take the magic wand and select the first white frame.

Select the background layer and execute CTRL+C (or Edit>Copy).

Paste the selection. Give it a drop shadow . Then delete the first white frame.


Repeat the same operation with the following layer...


Continuez jusqu'à ce que vous ayez partagé l'image en 5 parties...


When everything is finished, you can leave a white background or choose one at your convenience...


You get a photo similar to this one... ready to decorate one of your albums. Note that to accentuate the idea of editing, we have slightly shifted the images for "more life".



Photos with torn edges....

Modern photos, when printed on paper, no longer have a white border... There was a time when these photos were all printed with "torn" edges (also called "crenellated" edges).

It is to give your scrapbooking pages a discreet vintage lok to present your photos with torn edges... Here we will combine the two effects: crenellated edges and photo stitching...

To obtain, in the same way as above, this photo effect reconstituted from photos....

If you wish to obtain the frame with torn edges click HERE

Frame construction with torn edges

In Photoshop, create a new image with dimensions of 1500x1000 pixels. These dimensions are not critical... you put what you want! I chose these dimensions because they correspond to the most common 6 "x4" photo format.

With the rectangular marquee tool, select and then fill a rectangle inside your image with color....

With the brush tool, draw with a very fine line the future crenellations of the torn edge all around the coloured rectangle.

Double click on the background in the layer window to transform it into layer 0. With the paint bucket tool, fill the gap between the crenellated line and the inner colored rectangle...


  Select the white part with the magic wand and delete it.


Fill the inside with white.

*** IMPORTANT *** Give a drop shadow now and SAVE the image as a PNG file (it's to solve problems of drop shadow inside the torn edge afterwards...)


Now open the image you just saved... and select a rectangle inside. Delete this rectangle, leaving only a frame with torn edges.


When you're done, save your image again as a PNG file in order to keep its shadows and transparencies : TornEdges.PNG. Your "torn edges" image is ready to serve!

It's OK.

implementation of the frame with torn edges

In the same way as at the beginning of this page, we will give the "overlay effect" using the tear-edged template created above.

Here, no photo cutting... we'll just add the frames and give the illusion of a montage with overlapping photosjust by playing with the drop shadow of the frames.

Open the photo to be processed in photoshop, also open "tornEdges.png" and paste it on the photo. Run "Ctrl+T" to move the frame and tilt it slightly. We have made sure that all faces are included.


Now place the second frame, which partially overlaps the first one. Move and turn it to bring it to a good position.

As this frame is supposed to be dragged underneath the first one, you will now take the eraser tool and erase the parts of this frame that are not normally visible.


Continue the same operation: add new frames, put them in place and erase the parts you don't want to be seen...

In order not to overload the image, we have added only 2 frames... The set covers well the whole image.

Note: with the crop-tool we have enlarged the image: this explains the white margins that appear.


Select the 4 frames with the quick select tool (all layers) and delete all the outside.

All that's left to do is add a background, a white scrapbooking paper with matching blue polka dots and give a little drop shadow... The assembly is finished.


And here is the final result, ready to be placed in your album!