By Lesa Snider

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One of the most rewarding projects you can tackle in layer-based apps such as Photoshop and Photoshop Elements is combining images. In this column, you’ll learn how to employ blend modes to turn an ordinary portrait-style snapshot into a a special textured collage.

Prepare the document

The first step toward your collage is to gather the images you want to use. In this example, we’ll use these three goodies:

Collages are a great opportunity to use stock imagery in conjunction with your own—these are all from For free images, check out this column.

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