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So by now you know the news that
Picnik is closing shop coming up in
April. For the most part, this does not bother me! Picasa (free photo
organizing/editing tool by Google,
download link) is picking up the slack (especially
in its v3.9 release and hopefully even more so in the upcoming v4.0).
Samples of Picnik Collage Options
However, there was one feature of Picnik that I have yet to
meet a match in ease of use. That feature is the collage tool. You could pick a collage box
pattern, drop your photos in. Slide them as needed to get the crop just
right. And 1-2-3 you were done with a cool looking collage!
Until this feature pops up again in either Google+ or Picasa (or the
up and coming Picnik competitor
iPiccy.com) - I'm off on another
brainstorming session to figure out "the next best thing." So here's
what I have come up with.
Picasa does collages. However, they just are not "presets" like Picnik. So here
I have charted some different collage patterns that can be a useful
reference. For the individual component photos, I am mixing some common crop sizes like
square (1:1, aspect
standard digital photo (4:3, aspect 1.333), 4x6 (aspect 1.5), and HD/Widescreen
aspect (16:9, aspect 1.777). By
composing with these different shapes, you can create several different
interesting patterns. Aspect ratio is simply the mathematics of the
ratio of the sides, therefore a square is 1 (equal sides) and the larger the aspect ratio, the WIDER the
shape is in relation to its height. Crops that travel in either
direction away from the standard 4:3 such as to square or to a wide 16:9 format creates some eye appealing interest!
Don't be afraid of the crop tool!
So a quick checklist to create Picasa grid collages is as follows:
look above and pick the pattern you want to use,
count how many photos you need
to select (2, 3, 4, or 6)
Since we are cropping the photos, we'll want to make a copy
so we don't alter the originals - use the export
command for the selected photos - use the original resolution
setting and put a copy in a temporary folder (exports folder)
now switch to the exports folder for the cropping to begin -
crop in the right counts of each shape type
the collage pattern above that you chose
once the crops are done, select all the photos and use the
collage tool button
now we are on the canvas, pick a canvas size in landscape mode
and pick a background color of black (or any color of your choosing)
Move the photos around into their approximate positions
size the photos so they are big, but you have enough room on the
canvas to fit the entire assembly - coordinate matching side sizes
to get alignments
now move them around into their final positions
- now mind the gap! - make sure there is a small but noticeable and
EVEN gap between all photos
Click the create collage button when completed
Use the crop tool on the overall collage (manual shape mode) to
cut off the excess canvas
Use the export tool to create a "blog sized" graphic - 684 pixel
max width if sending the image to an ActiveRain post
upload the photo from the "exports" subfolder
into your blog post
You can see a sample collage that I created using this technique
Further, now let me SHOW you how to do all this since it is probably
easier for you
to understand once you see it. Here's my tutorial video.
If you want to learn more about how to make your blog posts
OUTSTANDING by using graphics, be sure and check out my online course
"Graphics for Bloggers 101". It is 4.5 hours of pre-recorded
instruction that you can watch at your own pace! There is just a few
more days left at the introductory discounted rate!
Thanks for coming to the classroom today, I hope you learned
something new! :)
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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