DIY: Inspiration Board on Photoshop

Hey all!

As you can probably guess, I love coming up with inspiration boards. However, while they look (and pretty much are) really straightforward, I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I have been using. Otherwise, a simple project can take wayyy too long!

DIY Inspiration Boards // blog.leahsprague.com

1. FIND THE RIGHT IMAGES

Don’t force it, or you may get frustrated. I always start at Pinterest or Tumblr and see what patterns I see. Funny enough, I find that I usually pin a few items with similar themes at the same time. Once you have about 3, you are in good shape!

Do you guys see somewhat of a theme coming from the photo collection below? I see about 3 different boards that could use several of those images!

DIY Inspiration Boards // blog.leahsprague.com

2. MAKE THE TEMPLATE

You want to make sure your board is the same size each time, and, if you want to put it on your blog, make sure it is wide enough. The length isn’t as important; you can always extend it, but I find that I never do just because it is easier when you know where your borders are.

I usually make my boards 650 by 800 pixels.

DIY Inspiration Board // blog.leahsprague.com

3. PLACE ON A BLANK TEMPLATE ON PHOTOSHOP

Then, pile all the images with the right color scheme on it. I also include the photos I am not sure fit perfectly, because after seeing them all on the page, I can see if it really does work.

To get started, I like to pick one image that I really like, in this case it is the one with the popsicle on the tray, and put it in the top left corner. Before you get started arranging everything: make it easier on yourself!!! Label each of your layers, even if it makes sense to only you. Just trust me.

Then, just get started arranging everything else!

DIY Inspiration Boards // blog.leahsprague.com

The last steps are always the hardest, because by this point you have probably used up all the photos you were planning on looking. At this point, I would either 1. Make the other photos bigger so I don’t have extra space or 2. Search forever to find another photo. Usually it is the lather haha, but trust me – its worth it! 

DIY Inspiration Boards // blog.leahsprague.com

Good luck everyone!

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