Tips to Compose an Artful Photo Collage with Software

You can create a photo collage using any available photo collage software like Google Picassa or Shape Collage. Below are some tips to help you create a great photo collage using any of the available software systems on the market. The tips are relevant to all software packages, but are more inline with Shape Collage, which is a free collage making software. You can try the same tips on Picassa or any other photo collage software at hand. The process is pretty much the same.

Add Source Files

To begin, you will launch the software and simply drag and drop the source files into the source panel or window of your software program. If there are a large number of files to be imported, you can use the shift key to take care of the bulk importing problems. Generally, all programs support drag and drop operation involving complete folders. Using this, you can add hundreds of photos into the collage with a single mouse movement.

Manipulate Photos to Create the Collage

To create the collage, you will hit the create collage button and then specify the file name and the relevant format for the collage - Hit Save. The collage maker software, Shape Collage in this case, will spread out the photos so that you can see as much of each photo as possible. It will display a preview of the same image.

You can also manipulate the photos individually to get the placing just right according to your preferences. You will now have a rectangular collage that can directly be shared across blogs or social networks.

Create a Custom Shaped Collage

The standard rectangular collage can be pretty boring after one or two tries. Most of the programs (both free and commercial) allow you to create collages that represent an overall recognizable shape. You should be able select some shapes from a preset dropdown in the program or by using a set of radio buttons or checkboxes.

In your case, the Shape Collage maker allows the selection of presets through a series of radio buttons. You will easily be able to select a preset such as a “heart” shape, and the program will automatically show you a preview of the collage. You can also adjust parameters like the photo size, the density and the spacing of the photos being placed.

Once satisfied with the end result, you can click the “create collage” button and then proceed to save the same in a file format of your choice. Almost every photo collage software package out there provides these functionalities and others offer the option of creating the collage in the shape of written text (or use a black and white PNG image file to specify a complex pattern for arrangement of the collage). A good addition is the ability to save the collage as a PSD file that can be edited via Adobe Photoshop.