Sunday, May 9, 2010

Create your own photo collages for free!

A picture may speak a thousand words, but picture collages areimage much cooler to look at. Take a look at the sample to the right. It looks awesome right? I created this using software from Microsoft called AutoCollage 2008. It is a great app where you place 7 to 15 pictures in a folder, tell the program to look at that folder and it will automatically create a photo collage for you! AutoCollage 2008 is a free download but only works in 30 day trial mode and imprints a watermark on every image until you enter a registration code. You can purchase a registration code from the Microsoft Store for $19.99. If you want to buy the software I promise that you will not be disappointed.

But there are some other photo collage offerings out there on the net. Some of them have a great deal of features and some don’t. But most of them are free :)

My second pick is Photovisi.com. image Photovisi is a web application. There is no downloads, no install, or any gimicks. Simply go to the website, click on a template type, then start adding your images to the template. The collage builds on-the-fly right on your screen. When finished you save your collage as an image. From there you can email or print out the image on photo paper. But a cooler option would be to take the image to your local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club and print out the collage as a poster! Photovisi is 100% free and extremely easy to use. Give it a whirl!

Pick #3 goes to Shape Collage. This is similar to AutoCollage 2008image but has more features and options. There is even a free Shape Collage Facebook app :). Shape Collage comes in a free edition that does place a watermark on every image. To remove the watermark you need to purchase the Pro edition. The free edition of Shape Collage is still worth the download and the watermark is next to non-existent. The free edition is worth the download. This app is a great tool to have.

Last, but not least, pick #4 goes to Google’s Picasa. Picasa has a collage feature built right into the app! Google has instructions online on how to build a collage in Picasa right here but you will find that it is extremely easy to use. Here’s how to create a collage: 
After opening the app, look on the bottom of the window. See that “Collage” button. Click it!image

A new tab opens inside of the app window called “Collage” and you start adding your photos to the collage right there.

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The more that I play around with Picasa the more I find myself using it. Google Picasa is completely free for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. Picasa just might be the last photo app you ever use.

Well, that’s about all of the collage-type applications that I recommend. Feel free to comment on what you recommend yourself! I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day!