What I love about digital collage

I have a special relationship with digital collage, I started making it because I couldn’t draw. At that time (2007) I thought that art was to draw and paint in a very classical, perfect proportion, perfect lighting style. As I knew a couple of tools in Photoshop, I started cutting and pasting images from other people. And it worked.

I didn’t imagine that someday I was going to see my illustrations on Tv and tell my dad: (who still doesn’t fully get what I do) Dad! I did that while watching National Geographic.

No idea how to draw make collage

So lets get to the point, what I love about digital collage:

– You don’t need many tools to make it look good.
You can replace scissors with the polygonal lasso tool, good luck making curved selections. (I used to make a lot of points one next to the other, that saved me). Consider starting to learn to use the pen tool if you don’t use it already.

– You can press Cmnd Z (Control Z) and go back.
Let me see how you unglue something, analog collage, in your face.

– When you make a digital collage you are learning how to use Photoshop at the same time.
You will find so many times learning new tools just to get something done. You might find yourself not knowing how to change colors, 10 minutes later, after a weird accent Youtube tutorial, you know how to do it. If you are looking for tutorials that can help you with your digital collage work, I love this Youtube channel: Phlearn

– You can express yourself artistically basically for free, well…the price of the subscription.
It takes time to feel free enough to use Photoshop as if you were making a brushstroke in a real paper. But what do you expect? You have been cutting with scissors since you are 4? 5?. Unless you are super young and started using Photoshop at that age, then you will probably have to spend some time practicing.

– Internet is full of images
How many magazines do you have at home?

– Using the pen tool to make big selections actually works as a relaxing exercise for me.
I somehow love to cut big elements, while I do it my mind goes away (if it’s not for a commissioned work, or we are too close to a deadline). But I can say that spending a winter weekend night making a collage with a tea next to me gets me in the zone.

Ok, enough for now…

Smile to a cloud.

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Marcos Morales is a graphic designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina currently living in Heidelberg, Germany. Around ten years ago he started to make digital collages as he knew that his drawings skills weren't strong enough. Nowadays, most of his work is based between a mix of collage and digital illustrations.

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