Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Collage It

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.

8 comments:

  1. Wow - that collage looks great! Thanks for sharing! I have only ever made them manually, and that took a lot of time (and it looks nowhere as nice as yours do). I'll definitely check this out!

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  2. Oh, nifty! Must play with this.

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  3. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Lynn,
    Thank you so much for this info! I have hundreds of photos of my baby, Duke, and I now know what to do with them all! I was considering having a painting done of him from a photo, but now I think I'll do a collage, print it out and frame it. That way I can see my baby in his many different poses instead of just one in a painting. Thank you again!
    Tami
    Jacksonville

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  4. Oh geez, I love doing things with my pictures.

    Something you might like-although it's not free. When we went to Alaska, I wanted to do something with the um... 800 pics I took. Yes, 800. So I did a photo mosaic.

    It cost about $50-I used a pic of my guy and the kids as the 'main' image and they used about 400 other images to build the mosaic.

    The quality was amazing. I gave to my husband as a Christmas present that year.

    The site I used was
    http://www.designamosaic.com/

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  5. What's that saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears"?

    I'm attempting to collage a story for the first time in my life. I'm scissors impaired and constantly change my mind when doing any kind of visual layout, so I've dug in my heals.

    Doing it with an online program where I can easily rearrange is very appealing to me.

    Thanks for the timely tip!

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  6. This program looks wonderful - I'm sad it isn't compatible with my MacBook. I currently use Curio to do any picture storyboarding, but I'd love to have a way to collage them together in a program meant for that purpose.

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  7. Thanks! This is cool.

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  8. Elizabeth1:44 AM

    Thank you. This looks terrific. xx

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