I've been getting some interest on this post about creating a mood board using Photoshop Elements, and I realized that I showed you what a mood board looks like, but I didn't show you how to make one. That was very helpful of me. My bad. Here is a basic Photoshop tutorial that will help you create your very own mood boards.
There may be a quicker, easier, better way to do this (I'm learning Photoshop as I go), but this method has worked well for me. By the way, I'm using Photoshop Elements version 10.
1. Open Photoshop Elements.
2. Create a new Blank File (File>New>Blank File).
3. Set your dimensions for the file. I like to use a width of 10 inches and a height of 7 inches because it fits nicely on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper if you want to print it.
4. Open all of the images that you want to use in your mood board (File>Open) and browse to the folder where your images are saved.
5. Your Photoshop should look something like this now:
6. Some of your images may contain a background that you don't want to show in your mood board or you may just want to show a particular object in the image on your mood board. The easiest way to select only the part of the image that you want to use is with the Magnetic Lasso Tool.
7. The Magnetic Lasso Tool should be included in the left tool bar.
8. Double click on the image that you want to edit and it should appear in the main window. Click on the Magnetic Lasso Tool and move your cursor to the object in the image that you want to use. Slowly move your cursor along the outline of the object, tracing it's shape. When you're done double-click and the object you just traced will be highlighted.
9. Move your cursor over to the left toolbar again and select the normal cursor.
10. Select your highlighted object and drag and drop it to the blank file that you created. Resize the image as you see fit. Repeat this process with all of your images. When you're done, you should have something like this:
11. If you want to number the images in your mood board, you can do so by using the Text tool.
12. Save the file twice. Once as a Photoshop file (for easy edits) and again as a .JPG or .PNG file that or can use on your website or as an email attachment.
And there you have it! Hopefully this will help you get started creating beautiful mood boards.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer.
Have a great day!