Tutorial: The Photos Montage


I received quite a lot of inquiries on how to create the above photo montage.  The original idea came from another article off the net, which I can’t remember which one to credit to at the moment. So, I’ve created my version on how to create this montage in a few minutes time with minimum efforts.

To do this, you will need the following items (Click on the name to download them respectively)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (LR2)
Adobe Photoshop (PS)
PanosFX.com Big Pictures action script plug-in (Free Edtion)
AlbertYap.com Template for exporting original file in Lightroom 2

I assumed you already know how to import action script for PS, and also template for LR2, if you do not know how to do this, please do a Google search or contact me.  You are also assumed to be able to understand PS & LR2 basics such as running an action, exporting picture in LR2 and etc.

1. Select and prepare 25 landscape photos in LR2, vertical oriented photos does not work very well in this montage.  Arrange them in the way you preferred after adjustments.


2. Once you have selected the 25 photos to be included in the final output, go to LR2’s Print module. As illustrated above, by using the attached template (Star 1). You get to preview the output similar to the above screenshot.  Here, you can click and move the small individual picture a little bit to the left or right for better composition.

3. When you are ready for the next step, click “Print To File” on bottom right (Star 2) and save the photo montage as a JPEG file.


4. You will then have a newly created JPEG file similar to the above, without my watermark of course, if you are not happy with the arrangement on the small pictures, you can always go back to step 2 and rearrange them in LR2.  When you are ready and happy with the result, proceed to close LR2, and execute PS for the final effects.

5. I am using Photoshop CS4 for this tutorial, so it might have a difference user interface as your Photoshop especially older versions.  Nonetheless, they are all the same, download the correct version of action scrip from PanosFX.com for your Photoshop and we are ready for the next step.

6. There are 2 actions included in the current edition from PanosFX.com, one is called “Big Picture flat actions”, and another one is “Big Picture curled actions”.  I am using “Big Picture curled actions” for this tutorial sample,  you can try either one of them as they work the same way, just produce difference results.

7. By executing the action, you will be requested to open up a landscape picture, if you already opened the file you saved earlier, just close the open dialog and it will then automatically proceed with plenty of recorded actions and once they are done, you will get a few results, pick one and save a copy and then your are done!


Thanks you for reading this tutorial and enjoy creating your very own photo montage!
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My Trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

Let me kick start this blog with my 2009’s trip, It has been a long while since I last went for a break until last week on 6th Oct 2009,  I took Air Asia and flew to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

Kota Kinabalu Air Port New Terminal
Kota Kinabalu Air Port New Terminal

Thanks to Aunt Teoh, I was allowed to stayed at one of the staff’s apartment of her company.  it was located at Beverly Hills, the Sabah’s version.

Beverly Hills Apartment
Beverly Hills Apartment

Along the trip, I’ve visited quite a number of places including KK’s town, Tip of Borneo – Kudat, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, UMS’s Aquarium and many more.

Warisan Square, KK Town
Warisan Square, KK Town

Not to mention the foods I had here, most of them are awesome except the 1st night’s Bak Kut Teh at Beverly Hills

Su Tong Poh Pork Leg
Su Tong Poh Pork Leg

Along the long list of foods I had ‘Tarap’ is one of the special local fruit, that smelly like oily-road-tar!

Malaysia Local Fruit - Tarap
Malaysia Local Fruit - Tarap

I also manage to captured a few shots on the superb sunset in KK, here’s one of them.

KK Sunset
KK Sunset

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Here’s some infomation for your references,

– I flew to KK directly via Air Asia, and returned with Mas to KL, then transit back to Penang.
– Fishes is cheap and available wherever and whenever in KK.
– It is easy to hitch a ride on public busses and travel around town.
– My photos were all taken with a Nikon DSLR D700, with 3 Nikon lenses including 18-35mm F3.5-F4.5, 50mm F1.4 and 135mm F2 DC.
– Most of the ultra wide photos were taken with a Hoya CPL.
– Most of the photos were taken with Nikon’s Vivid Mode with adjustments.

If you need further details, feel free to comment.  Thanks for reading my post.