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This is part 6 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and
Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check
Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles.
Today we're going to be looking at Creating Collages.
(BTW, I posted twice yesterday once on tag clouds, once on PIcasa - if
you missed the Picasa post you can catch it via the link above)
The Collage feature in Picasa is very cool. It allows you to select
multiple photos and create a single composite graphic that you can
use. I'm going to illustrate the usefulness of this tool in two
ways today - a graphic for your blog and a wallpaper for your computer
desktop. (The first part of this tutorial, I'll be using graphics from
one my subscribers who does staging work. The composite graphic will be for
To start off with, select the photos that you want to use for your
collage and then click the Collage button. A couple of tips
are worth mentioning here - First, if not all the photos are in the same
folder, you can create what Picasa terms an "Album" where you can assemble
photos from various folders (stay tuned, another tutorial!). Another thing
to suggest, if you want to select a few photos, click the first one and then
Ctrl+Click on the additional ones. In that way you
build a selection set of target photos.
You will see the collage editing mode window below. The left side of the
window has a settings palette. For starters, check your
background color. If you are making a graphic to insert
into a blog, choose white. I also typically use 8.5x11 paper in portrait
mode to create my blog graphics and then build a full width graphic that
goes edge to edge. The Drop Shadows (ON) setting is a
subtle touch that brings depth to your creation. The picture borders
can be turned on or off. A white border around photos in a pile can
create a nice effect.
Notice also in the figure below, when you select on a specific photo, you
get an "editing wheel" that lets you rotate the
photo as well as size it. If you grab the orange handle and drag
right it gets larger and drag left to get smaller. Use that same handle in a
rotation motion to turn a photo.
All of the above edits are in the "Picture Pile" mode of collage. At the
top of the settings palette, you can choose other modes like you see in this
figure at left.
You can play around with these different settings. There are some
interesting ones there!
Other things you should know...
If you select a photo and right-click it you will get
options. The "Bring to Top" and "Move to Bottom" options
are ones I use all the time.
Once you are done, you need to click on the "Create Collage" button
(located on the left-hand palette) to process your composition into an
Now if you are using this graphic in a blog post, you will need to resize
the graphic to smaller. You can use the "Export" command to create a
blog-sized graphic (see
my post here about this command) Below is a collage
of Shar's project as an example of what you can do. Ok - hold on here - I
realize there's a little more I need to teach you... I
post-produced just a little... I added text on top of
my graphic and I also used another photo edit tool to crop down the full
page that you will get if you set it up the way I illustrated. I'll write a follow-up post tomorrow to
clarify a bit. But in the meanwhile, you can start practicing with creating collages.
The other thing that is fun to do with collages is to create a cool
desktop wallpaper from some of your recent favorite photos. The process is
very much the same as above. You'll want to choose a different background
color than white (I like dark blue).
Also, you can change the page size to
match the shape of your monitor (i.e. widescreen or standard). You can see
the options for page size on the right. In my case, I'll use 16:10
Below you can see the updated desktop wallpaper that I just created
today. Be sure and subscribe if you like this series (and tutorials on lots
of other stuff), there's more to come!
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
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