I've been looking for a way to make some photo collages from my digital collections, and in the process found a simple-to-use freeware that produces fabulous results.
When Collage It says you can make photo collages in minutes with just as few clicks, they aren't exaggerating. I downloaded the freeware, watched a brief tutorial that auto played after the download -- and I recommend if you give this a try you do the same, because it runs you through what to do in just a couple minutes -- and then a couple minutes later I finished making this (click on image to see larger version):
The first version was about three times this size; I resized it for uploading to Photobucket and viewing on the internet. You can also shuffle, rotate, sparse and preview your collage before you save it in an image file (BMP, JPEG, PNG, TGA, GIF etc.) The program also has different options you can play with to produce different types of collages (and to see a gallery of sample collages, click here.)
I didn't expect this kind of quality from something that was so simple easy to use, and it's terrific to find it for free. I can think of a couple dozen different uses for it, too, from family stuff to cover art promo to characterization collages. It would also be an interesting way to show off what you're reading, or display some of your favorite books.
Collage It is for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7, and when I downloaded the program it was virus-free, but as always remember to take the usual precautions and scan it before you put it on your hard drive.