The Simple Grid Collage uses squares and rectangles to feature large quantities of images while maintaining simplicity. This collage can employ both UVA's primary and secondary color palettes. The following examples illustrate how this technique can be used.
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Creating a Simple Grid Collage requires adherence to several unifying principles.
For example, use a variety of subject matter and depth of focus like the examples above. And some images should be given more space than others to provide a hierarchy for the user to experience. Doing so helps some images in collages stand out while others fill space, leaving the overall effect balanced and potent. This effect can be enhanced by using full-color images and the Gradient Map effect.
How To Create A Simple Grid Collage
The effects of the Simple Grid Collage can be created using different applications. This template and the following instructions for it use Illustrator to achieve the final result.
1) In Illustrator, open a new document and create a grid. Draw a column of squares that fills the artboard vertically.
2) Repeat the column across the space horizontally until the space is filled.
3) Squeeze the grid to fit the artboard perfectly. Try to keep the grid square dimensions within the ratios of 1:1 and 1:2. One way to find the right balance is by adding or removing rows or columns.
4) Make room for images to have more space by connecting some squares together. This grid will provide outlines for clipping masks.
5) Next, place the images you want in your collage inside each shape. Place the grid shape outline on top of your image, then right-click > Make Clipping Mask. The image is placed inside the outline. You can shift the image within the outline using the Direct Selection Tool.
6) Continue until you have filled each space with an image. Make sure subjects and content are balanced across your grid so no two similar things are placed near each other.
7) Now that the collage images are placed, begin to experiment on some of the images with Gradient Map effects. (See the Gradient Map effect here.) Leave most images without effects; this particular grid approach is meant to be a more scaled back look than the Overlapping Grid and Parallelogram Collages.
8) A stroke around each image can be added to create more separation and emphasize the clean lines of the collage. Use it or not depending on your own design strategy.
You can use this template to develop your own Simple Grid Collage.