MLS Photo Collages & other Photoshop adjustments

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

So this house started with a great image taken by the homeowner. I pulled it into photoshop and added the following:

1) Saturation & Lightened it up

2) Sharpen setting

3) Inserted 3 photos with white drop shadow (see 5 examples)

By default most websites duplicating the MLS ( will only show 1 photo by default. By putting up a collage, the home buyer can see within a second that it is spacious inside and they have a pool in the backyard. Sometimes I also put in the remarks "Ask your agent for the 30 additional photos."

As a buyer, which would you prefer? 

Also you can do some of these features in Google's Free Picasa. The collage option however is limited to putting 4 photos that are of the same size in a tile format. Still better than nothing.


- Written by Frank Borges LL0SA- 


Collages are just one of the dozen things that we do standard. That is why our slogan is "Excellence Comes Standard" (tm)

Due to popular request, here are more examples:


The one above used text to highlight the key differences vs the other 40 condos in the same building! 




Make sure not to miss my other 10-20 Realtor tips 


Update: Cheryl was so kind as to create a "how to"  on collages!

Photoshop Elements 5: Creating A Llosa Collage -



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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Frank - Love this post, and I have bookmarked it!  I use Picassa already, but did not know anything about doing the collages.  I'll have to check that out as I love that effect.

Many thanks for sharing this post - excellent tips!

May 08, 2007 11:17 AM #22
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I snagged Picasa a month or so ago. Feel in love with it. My photos have never looked better :)


May 08, 2007 11:18 AM #23
Todd and Danielle Millar
Glenn Simon Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Sixteen years of excellence!
Wow that is an improvement. I am interested in photoshop but the learning curve is massive.  I just have to get to amazon and get Photoshop for Dummies.  But yeah definitely the "afters" are great!
May 08, 2007 11:49 AM #24
Larry H Morris
Evergreen Home Loans - West Linn, OR
Larry Morris, NMLS 150073
Good job. I like it when we can find creative ways to legally get around the liitations (not the intent) of technology. I also like your use of the software to make the picture more appealing.
May 08, 2007 12:18 PM #25
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent

Beautiful pictures. Those building look so big! Great post.

May 08, 2007 03:18 PM #26
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead
Frank, thanks for the pointers. You've done a great job of proving how the small things can make a huge difference.
May 08, 2007 03:44 PM #27
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

Frank -- You should probably add this to the Photoshop Elements for Real Estate group, too.  (I hope I didn't step on Mike's toes by saying that)  :-)

Todd & Danielle -- Check out the Photoshop Elements for Real Estate Group .... you might not need to buy the book ......

May 09, 2007 12:12 AM #28
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
32 years of providing fully satisfying service!
Frank, nice job on the photos. I'm curious about the location of the palm tree in Arlington.................................
May 09, 2007 11:28 AM #29
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Gosh, you are good !!
May 09, 2007 11:43 AM #30
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
It's amazing the clarity of the pictures, after you sharpened the image!  I love the collage idea!!
May 10, 2007 11:49 PM #31
I don't think I ever put up a photo that didn't get a photoshop treatment, I don't sharpen much but lightening and blending, resizing, and occasionally titling. Your example was great, we all know what green grass looks like so why not take advantage of the space. 
May 11, 2007 12:32 PM #32

Couldn't you paint the yellowed palm fronds green?

Just Kidding...  Good job!

May 15, 2007 01:08 AM #33
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge
Impressive details...I need to run out and get photoshop today!!
Aug 17, 2007 05:17 AM #34

Excellent compositions, Frank! I especially like that useless features (lawn, a neighboring property) can be covered with collage elements.

Dec 02, 2008 09:26 AM #35
DeVonne Batts ~ Proudly Serving Prince Georges County Home Sellers & Buyers
Keller Williams Preferred Properties - Bowie, MD

Hi Frank - Creating! This is one of the most creative tips I have come across so far.  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 13, 2009 03:20 PM #36
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Better late than never!  'Just found this, Frank, and I'm gonna have to try this.  Thanks for the idea.

Aug 24, 2009 02:34 AM #37
John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

Good Idea...I now consider it my own...thanks for this...having a good time on your blog.  I definately like your style.

Oct 30, 2009 06:10 PM #38
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

I love the pictures that look like they were shot thru vaseline, and the camera lens wrapped with selling maine real estateseventeen layers of suran wrap to make those fuzzy, glowing, pulsating images that might be better to not post.

Have done the opening site shots of more than one for a long time to get them to come in and scope out the rest. Found often night video if place has proper lighting works nice as windows don't boost or shut down exposure settings. List at sunset, shoot video in dark inside, edit and upload the next day.



Nov 05, 2009 04:53 AM #39
FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:.
Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc - Arlington, VA

Hey Andrew,

I love the Collage, but locally they would not allow the logo in the center.


The lower left shot should be brighter, and the dining room shot at night is not ideal, but probably the best you could do right?


Nov 05, 2009 02:12 PM #40
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You have more than one version. Branded...unbranded. The enhanced site you make maine hom,collage presentationsure the one with the logo is carefully parked somewhere. So as the revolver loads, displays on the top, it becomes apparent, this guy has lots of listings, that this one stands out. The local idx/mls would have a naked unbranded version where instead of brand logo a Maine, the way life should be blue license plate is hiding or replacing the broker logo.

      I put the collage from the latest clean out the home, shoot around what is there in earlier comment. It was the concept of multiple images that I was trying to convey, not putting up the best prized blue ribbon fair pig creative example from the 170 listings I carry.

     These are good with the 512x400 Maine idx opening shot..we use the unbranded version in that insertion.

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