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How Do I Create a Collage of My Favorite Photos?

Collages are a wonderful way to display a lot of photos in small space. You can create them manually or through any number of software programs. The easiest way to create one e is through the use of photo mats. You simply use the frames you already own, purchase a multiple opening photo mat and add your own pictures. However, this is also the least customizable as you are limited by the style of photo mat you purchase. Another method is to purchase collage style frames that either use photo mats or connected frames depending on the style you purchase. But the method we’ll focus on today is digitally creating a photo collage for printing at your favorite print shop.

How to Create A Collage

First you’ll need to pick a handful of photos that will look good together; 20 give or take should do the trick. You’ll want to include a mixture of landscape and portrait orientated photos to give you the largest number of configuration options.

If you need to tweak or edit any of the photos do that before you start the collage process.

Using your favorite photo editing program, open a blank 8 x 10 canvas or size of your choice. Your first decision is the background—single image or solid color.

Add the first photo to the canvas. Add a border and shadow of your choice. Resize and rotate the image if you’d like. Repeat for as many photos as you need to cover the canvas.

Remember blank space can be useful so you don’t have to use all of your selected photos.

Add text to complete the overall look and although it’s completely optional; you can turn a great collage into an exceptional collage with the right word art.

Software Makes It Easier

CollageItNow, I know you’re thinking that making a collage is super hard but it doesn’t have to be that way at all. There are tons of programs that make the process super simple. We’ve been using CollageIt, an easy-to-use photo collage maker for Mac OS X & Windows. In a matter of seconds, this collage software can turn any ordinary photos into impressive collages.

The free version allows you to make web worthy collages with a CollageIt watermark but upgrading to the pro version removes the watermark along with allowing you to create larger collages worthy of displaying in your home.

Here’s one of the collages I made using a handful of photos of Drama King and his stuffed Yoshis.

Drama King and his Yoshis

I love how quick and easy it is to make a collage and the large variety of options included even in the free version.

The Giveaway

PearlMountain, makers of CollageIt, provided twenty (20) CollageIt Pro license codes for us to giveaway, half for Windows users and half for Mac users.

We’ll give ten away using the form below and the rest during our Christmas Kick Off Event. Details coming soon.


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By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

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