In this blog you will learn how to make a photo collage with Picasa, the free photo editing software from Google.
I love picture collages and use them a lot! I’ve got framed collages with holiday pictures hanging in the downstairs loo and one beautiful large one of black and white pictures of the kids as babies framed and hanging in our bedroom. Every time I look at it I spot a different picture!
Whenever I use these collages people admire them and ask me how I made them – well here’s how!
Download Picasa from Google (it’s free!)
Picasa is dead useful – it’s a photo library that allows you to look at all the photographs on your computer, do simple editing on them and create some really fun and useful stuff. It’s aimed at your normal family user so it’s really user friendly and intuitive to use.
Once you’ve downloaded Picasa and told it which folders to look in for pictures (it might take a while to find all the pictures especially if you have a lot!) then you will see a screen like the one above. Scroll down and you will see all your pictures in one continuous stream.
Click on an image to see a larger version – you can do lots of cool edits on it here too – have a play with them all – you can easily undo any changes by pressing the “undo” button.
If you want to use this image in your collage, then press the little green button at the bottom by the “tray” to keep it there. Carry on selecting other images to include in your collage and hold them in the tray at the bottom by pressing the green button. You can select as many images as you like – I’ve done a collage with over 300! You need at least 3 though! You can select from any folder on your computer simply by scrolling down. Remember to hold the pic in the tray with the green button!
Once you have selected all your images you’re ready to make your collage. Along the bottom of the screen there are a number of options, including one to make a collage. If it isn’t shown, then right click on one of the other buttons at the bottom and you’ll get this pop up window: