A collage is a great way to show a bunch of related pictures. I posted this one of our recent Arizona vacation to the smugmug Dailies. Notice how the program blends the edges of all the pictures together.
This was created with Microsoft Research’s AutoCollage
I’ve also used collages for calendar pages, greeting cards and even to make a mug
I put this one on a mug
I used this one for my son-in-law’s birthday card, showing one image from each of the past 12 months.
There are lots of ways to create collages – I’ll talk about four.
- Using your favorite photo editor
- Using the collage maker “wizard” in your photo editor e.g. Photoshop Elements
- Microsoft’s AutoCollage
The first one is a lot of work. You create a background image and then manually take each of the pictures you want to include and paste it into the image you’ve created. Lots of work – I don’t recommend it.
Photoshop Elements (and other image programs) come with built-in templates for collages. I find them pretty lame. They don’t offer very many options and require a lot of tweaking. If you’re interested you can check out this video of how to use PSE’s collage feature. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photoshop-elements-9/creating-a-photo-collage/
That top collage was created with Microsoft Research’s AutoCollage
They have a demo video here
This program will cost you $20 but you can download a free demo version to see if you like it. It uses face recognition technology and does a great job with people pictures. You can do other things too though; the coffee mug picture above was also done with AutoCollage as was this one
I’ve saved the best for last. Picasa from Google has fantastic tools for creating collages. You just select the pictures you want to include and hit the collage button at the bottom.
I selected a few pictures and got this
This is what Picasa calls a Picture Pile
Select a picture and the program puts a grey circle up which allows you to rotate and resize.
Or, choose another format
and you get this
Adjust grid spacing and