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How to Create a Mood Board Template in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Are you wondering how to make a photo collage in Photoshop? Especially a mood board? Today, I'm going to show you how to create a mood board in Photoshop that you can use on Instagram! We'll use only standard Photoshop tools, such as shapes and guides. I chose the colors of the year from Pantone for this tutorial, so our collage will look fresh and trendy.  

Before we jump in, if you are looking for high-quality mood board template Photoshop packages, try Envato Elements! Here you can find everything from photo collage templates to fashion mood board Instagram mockups. 

Moodboard Templates on Envato Elements

What You'll Learn in This Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to make mood board in Photoshop
  • How to make a photo collage in Photoshop
  • How to make a palette for a mood board in Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used while making this photo collage template in Photoshop.

1. How to Create a Photo Collage Base

Step 1

Let's start by creating a new document with the following size: 1080 x 1080 px.

creating a new document

Step 2

Now press Control-R to activate the Guides and drag a Guide to each side of the document.

creating the guides

Step 3

Add four more guides indented by ten pixels from each side.

adding more guides to the document

Step 4

And finally, add two more guides to the center of your document. 

creating the guides on the center of the document

2. How to Make a Mood Board in Photoshop

Step 1

Now, we are ready to start creating our mood board template. Press U and create a rectangle with the following size: 600 x 600 px. Move it to the upper left corner of the document while holding Shift.

creating the first shape

Step 2

Create another rectangle with a size of 445 by 600 px and place it in the right upper corner.

creating the second shape

Step 3

For the third shape, we'll use a rectangle with a size of 600 by 325 px. Once you've created it, move it to the left guide and 18 px down from our first shape.

creating the third shape

Step 4

Let's create the last shape for our photos. Make a rectangle with a size of 445 by 325 px and move it to the right guide, indented by 18 px from the top shape.

creating the last shape for the photos

Step 5

Now, we can add our photos to the template. Just go to File > Place and select the photo you want to use.

placing the photo

Step 6

Put the photo above one of the shapes in the Layers panel and Right Click > Create a Clipping Mask.

creating a clipping mask

Step 7

To resize the image so that it will fit the shape, we need to hit Control-T and resize it while holding Shift.

resizing the image

Step 8

Add three more photos, as we did before. And now you know how to make a mood board in Photoshop!

adding the photos to the template

3. How to Make a Photo Collage Palette 

Step 1

Now, let's add a color palette to our mood board Photoshop template! Create a rectangle with a size of 252 by 84 px and put it on the left guide, indented by 15 px from the bottom guide.

creating a first element of the palette

Step 2

Create three duplicates of the shape by pressing Control-J, and then move the shapes 18 px from one another.

creating duplicates of the shape

Step 3

Double-click on the first palette shape in the Layers panel, and then select Color Overlay and select one of the main colors from your photo with the color picker.

adding color overlay to the layer

Step 4

Add color overlays to the other shapes, just as we did before.

adding colors to color palette

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

Here is our final result! Now you know how to create a mood board in Photoshop using rectangle shapes and guides. While working with mood boards, you could reverse the process: try to start by creating the color palette with the colors you prefer, and then find some photos that suit this color palette. The Pantone colors of the year could be a great choice for creating a base for your palette. Feel free to share your results in the comments below.

Mood Board Template Preview

If you are looking for a high-quality mood board template in Photoshop, try Envato Elements! Here you can find everything from photo collage templates to fashion mood board Instagram mockups. Let's take a look at some of the best Photoshop collage templates:

Instagram Fashion Mood Board (PSD)

Instagram Fashion Mood Board

If you like clean and simple design, this photo collage template could be a great choice! Here you'll find 15 fully editable PSD files with high-resolution (1080x1080 px) and well-organized layers. Create a photo collage with no effort!

Simple Mood Board Mockups (PSD)

Simple mood board mock ups

In this photo collage template for Photoshop, you will find a fully editable PSD file with a neat design. This Photoshop collage template could help you to showcase your photos or artwork in the best way! You can easily rearrange any objects and place your photos in a few clicks using the smart objects.

Fashion Instagram Stories (PSD)

fashion instagram stories

Do you want to boost the views for your Instagram? Try this Instagram collage template for Photoshop! The brown and beige colors, torn paper elements, and neat composition make a perfect combination for any fashion or botanical/nature Insta-stories. This Instagram collage template Photoshop pack contains nine different PSD files with well-organized layers and fully editable colors and shapes.

Mini Mood Board: Collage 1 (PSD)

mini mood board collage

Want to know how to create a photo collage with no effort? Try this mini mood board creator with amazing customization possibilities! Besides the high-resolution (3300x2550 px) and realistic backgrounds, you will find ten different shadow overlays to make your fashion mood board Instagram post look more natural and organic.

Fashion Instagram Post Template (PSD)

fashion instagram post template

If you are looking for a photo collage Photoshop product with lettering elements, this mood board template is the best choice for you. The bold and vintage-looking design will catch the eye of your audience and allow you not only to show your photos, but also to send a strong message. In total, this pack contains ten fully editable PSD templates with well-organized layer structures and free fonts.

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