Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Creating a Digital Photo Collage

Several recent emails from readers asking how I create my photo collages have prompted me to write this post.   Some of you are probably already in the know, but for anyone who is curious, this is for you!

The program I use to do all of my photo editing and where I create my collages is called Picasa.  If you haven't done so already, you can download it for free here.

Once your images have uploaded to Picasa, and you have edited and cropped them to your liking, you are ready to create your collage!

Google has straight forward instructions for creating a collage in Picasa.  I found the collage feature fairly easy to use and self explanatory with a little time and experimenting, but if you want detailed instructions, please see Google's instruction page, here.  I thought about trying to write out the specific steps for you but I am not a technical writer, so I'll leave that to the experts and just fill in with some details about my favorite features.

My favorite style of collage is called "Picture Pile."  Here you can move the photos around manually, set them at angles, enlarge or reduce their size and even use one of them as a background for your collage (see above).

The "Mosaic" style collage automatically creates a mosaic with your photos.  You can change it by removing a photo or rotating or switching out the placement of the photos but you can't adjust the photo's size.  I prefer "Picture Pile" because I have more control over the layout of my collage, but I do like the composition of the "Mosaic" and sometimes it's just the look I am going for.

Under the "Settings" tab where you choose the type of collage you want, you can also choose the background.  I like to use the little "dropper" to pull a color from one of my images (see above).

Another option is to use an actual photo for your backdrop.  I first add the photo that I want to use as a backdrop to the collage, select it, and choose "Use Image" under the "Background Options" tab.  In the case of the collage above, I then removed the selected photo from the pile.

Once everything is in place just how I want it, I hit the "Create Collage" button.  When the collage is finished, it will reappear in a Picasa photo editing window.  I then use the "Text" tool to add any words that I want to appear on my collage.

I hope these little tips are helpful to you!  Feel free to email me if you have any questions. 
Have fun playing with your photos!

Thank you for your sweet visit today!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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Cindy~ Heart and Sew Inspirations said...

I am fairly new to all of this and appreciate your info on collages very much!!
I was told though, that Pic Monkey had replaced Picasa? Did I misunderstand? Is Picasa still up and running? Or is it like Google friend that is supposed to go away but hasn't yet?
Anyway, very anxious to try this, thanks again. :)

Mimi's Vintage Charm said...

thanks for the info! i think i will go play around with it and see i can figure out. your collages are great.

Jamie said...

I love this post! They seem like really good instructions to me. I use Picasa myself but have never used the collage part like you have. Thanks for the tutorial! ~ Jamie

From The Heart said...

Your collages are beautiful! I use is a great program, and they have added some new editing tools since closing Picnic. I also use PicMonkey is the program that has replaced Picnic.
I love your do some beautiful work!!

Nikoleta Chocofreta said...

nice post!
nikolina xxx

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! Could you pls tell me how you completed the frame done in off white with the blue in the corners and what the paint colors are? Thank you, Jann

Amanda said...

As a matter of fact, I wrote a whole post about that frame and shared the details of how I acheived the look, paint colors and all! Find it here:

Thanks for asking!

DearHelenHartman said...

Thank you, Thank You, Thank you! I love the look of these and thought it must take some special skill - looks like it takes some special people to show the way to do it.

Connie said...

Thank you for sharing all this information. Your pictures are beautiful...Connie

Cottage and Broome said...

Beautiful collages! I use Picasa too and I agree it is fairly easy to use. Have a wonderful weekend, Laura

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Thank you! I've been using Picasa for quite a while now and was frustrated with the mosaic setting cropping the pictures where I didn't want them cropped, then I found the photo pile!! But you've given me some good options/ideas, so THANK YOU!! ~Zuni

pink*cherub*moon said...

Amanda, Thank you so much! This is exactly what I've been wanting to learn how to do! I can't wait to take some pics and get started! Hugs, Leena

Kelly said...

I really enjoyed this post. I have not done a collage before. I use Picasa all the time so I'm halfway there! Thanks for the tips and tutorial. I will try it out some time.

Barbara said...

These collages are so pretty! I loved looking at your vintage things.

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Thanks for the info on creating collages in Picasa. I didn't know about the 'picture pile' one. I'm a new follower, love your blog :)

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Ah-haa...thank you! Think I need to "pin" this for future reference :) Laurel

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

This is a great tutorial - thanks. I'm not using Picasa, but should start with all these options. I'm using Apeture on Mac, but haven't played with it too much yet.

By the way, I cam to you from In the Old Road and her shoutout on Facebook for you.

Barbara Lilian said...

I was looking at French country cottage, Feathered Nest page & found you. Like some of the other comments I'm very new to blogging In fact it's just a month, & I loved the way certain bloggers showed their photos in a collage. Thank you so much for the info, I can't wait to try.also found your link for how you painted the frames, so I'm off hungry for knowledge. Thank you again

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is beautiful!! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu

Sherry said...

Very beautiful. Thanks for the info!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing on Shabbilcious Friday Amanda

terry murphy said...

A very informative post, I must say, with good examples.

kmlange said...

Thank you for posting this! I've always admired your photographs. They look so professional. May I ask what type of camera/lens do you use? I have a Canon DSL but my photos never look very good. Thanks!