Intro

This tutorial from one of our favourite collage illustrators Ciara Phelan is all about mixing analogue process and digital photography to create a vibrant and playful photomontage.

The theme here is this summer’s fashion: soft clean textures with clean lines to which we’ll contrast brighter vintage floral elements, pastel paints and vector shapes.

You’ll learn how to use a variety of tools in Illustrator and Photoshop to layer scanned elements with photos and hand-made textures, and how to use adjustment layers and masks to unite the colour palette and composition of an illustration.

I’ve used a model shot from iStock, but it would be easy to substitute one of your own with a similar feel. The same is true for the vintage flowers I used from my own collection. You can download the watercolour and Indian ink textures I created below though.

Time to complete

3 - 4 hours

Software needed

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Downloads

The model shot can be purchased from iStock.

The watercolour and Indian ink textures can be downloaded here.