CREATE A NEW IMAGE
Width: 6 inches Height: 4 inches
Resolution: 225 p/i
Step 1: Open the images you plan to work with (phone guy, keyboard, and adding machine tape). You can create a new larger document if needed or use one of your opened images as a background. We are going to use the Keyboard Close-up as the background. Double click to rename it layer 0.
Step 2: Use the Move Tool to drag the Phone Guy onto the background. Arrange him where you think he looks best.
Step 3: Click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette (third from left next to the f).
Step 4: Press the D key to set colors to default. Use the gradient tool (if you don’t see it, click on the paint bucket tool) to drag a gradient through your image. Stop before you get to the edge of the image or you will see the hard edge. Keep doing it a little at a time until you reach the desired effect. PRACTICE!
Step 5: Merge down layer. (In the layers palette, to the far right of the tabs is an arrow in a circle. Click on that and a pop up menu will appear. Click on Merge Layers.)
Step 6: I repeated steps 2-5 to add the Adding Machine Tape to the collage.
Step 7: Adding Text: Click on the Text Tool and type your words. For example, First Union Online Banking. Make the text white and lower the opacity to around 78.
(Choose the color from the lower left tool box, and the opacity from the layers palette). For added effect use the layer effect of bevel and emboss (layers palette, lower left “f”).