Monday’s Secret To The Mood board

Another Happy Monday! We recently put a question tag on our Instagram stories asking you what you would like to read on our new blog. How to make a mood board and our tips for mood boards was the biggest and most asked question so of course here we are with all the answers.


Q. What programmes do you use?

I personally use Photoshop and In-Design to create the mood board. I use VSCO my favourite editing app for adding filters, adjusting the lighting and contrast and to sharpen the image.

Q. How do you cut out a background of a picture?

This is such a small skill that makes the mood board look so much more professional and concise. The easiest way to do this is to Insert an image > Layers > Unlock the background (if it is locked there will be a lock sign next to it, click this to unlock) > using the ‘Quick Selection Tool’ > select the item that you want to be cut out, this will then be highlighted with a dotted flashing border > Click ‘Select’ > ‘Inverse’ > The border will then be transferred to around the image and your item will be left plain > Hit the backspace key on your keypad > The background will now be grey and white squares and your item will be left alone > Save as a PDF.

Q. Apps for creating a mood board?

Sometimes I really want to just put together a quick few images to send to a client or create an Insta story. I love the app ‘Montage’ to just add different images and layer then very simply. I also use VSCO to add filters.

Q. How do you create a moving mood board?

The best way to do this is putting the mood board into Premiere Pro / iMovie. You have the basic mood board with one image missing that you want to move, you will add this as a separate layer and then save it as a GIF.


The Combo.

Q. Which order does print and digital go in to use both?

Always take the photos of the physical mood board first and then put it in to the digital programme whether thats to adjust the filter or adding extras.

Q. How do you combine them?

The reasoning for combining them will be different for each one, you might want to have a print board but have it moving so insert it to Premiere Pro. You might want to add text so adding the picture into Photoshop or In-Design will allow me to do that. I sometimes like to add graphics like paint strokes, tape and decorative lines.

Q. Can you give us an example of a combination mood board and how you did that?

Happy mood boarding! Please tag us @mondaythestudio in any of your mood boards when you post them to Instagram, we would love to see!


Q. Where do you get the images from?

When doing a printed mood board I sometimes print out images from Pinterest or Instagram to refer to, often Pantone colours. I take images from magazines and newspapers. Also I always collect items from wherever I am, whether its look books, logos, branding etc…Anything!

Q. How do you make it look cohesive?

The best way to do this is think about the colours first, if you are using just one colour or even a mixture of two you can then centre the mood board around that. Use a variety of textures and different styles of images as well.

Q. How do you choose the aesthetic?

Pick a niche, what is the mood board for? We often do them for events, specific clients like jewellery brands or skincare, even for trips and specific shoot locations. Make sure you have an overall subject to the board. Then follow the idea of planning the colours etc..

Q. What can you use to display a mood board?

You can use a cork board, a metal frame board or even just tape images to your wall. I always do this because it is so much easier. Just mind the paint on the wall!


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