How to Create a Photo Collage on the Computer

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Photo collages can represent special occasions or exciting travel experiences. And if you make the photo collage on a computer, you can print or order multiple copies in a variety of sizes. You can send some framed copies as personal gifts and keep one for yourself. Some websites also allow you to print your photo collage on products such as mugs, blankets, posters and mouse pads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Collage-making software or website
  • Digital image files
  • Colour printer or blank CD

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose a software program or website to work with. You can make photo collages in a variety of design software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, or you can download free software designed specifically for making photo collages. If you're not comfortable using Adobe Photoshop or similar programs, download collage-making software from shapecollage.com, snapfish.com, scrapblog.com or smilebox.com. You can use most of these programs for free.

  2. 2

    Choose a template for your collage. If you're working with snapfish.com, scrapblog.com or smilebox.com, you can choose from a variety of decorative backgrounds and themes. Software from shapecollage.com allows you to arrange your photos in the shape of your choice, such as a cat, a world map or a butterfly.

  3. 3

    Import your own pictures to the collage-making software or website. Click "Get Photos" or "Add Photos" and browse your computer's documents for the photo files you want to add. Most programs will allow you to import more than one photo at a time.

  4. 4

    Arrange your photos within the template by dragging and dropping them to different locations. Experiment with different arrangements until you find one you like. Add text to the collage if you wish.

  5. 5

    Order printed products, such as mugs and posters, from the website you made the collage with. The collage-making software will remain linked with that site, and you can begin your purchase in the software program. Some programs will allow you to print your collage at home for free or save it as a JPG file. You can then burn your JPG file to a CD and take it to a store or copy centre to have it printed. Print as many copies as you want.

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