Looking for ways to present your images? If you have a series of pictures, slideshows are often created, but another method to consider is the photo collage. Collages are helpful to show images from a single event or location or that are made around a theme. There are a couple ways of doing this.
- Purchase a collage frame that allows you to place several photos within the frame.
- Use software to combine several photos within one image.
Frames accept different sized prints, number of prints and arrangement of images. The collage shown below is one I created with a couple photos spread across a couple frames.
Create a Collage in Software
There are a variety of programs that allow you to create one image combined from several different sources. There are programs that are dedicated to this purpose and others that have it as a component, i.e. Photoshop Elements or GraphicConverter (version 10 and up). Here I show some steps for creating one in GraphicConverter.
Procedure in GraphicConverter
- Select one or several photos from the browser, click the “Collage” button on the toolbar and they will appear in a dialog box.
- Add or remove images here and set options for the appearance. This includes margins and type of layout.
- Click “Done” to open the image in the image editor.
The collage and settings can be saved in a special format if you want to edit the settings or images later. Save from the “File” menu. Note as far as I can tell to open the file (.gccollagepkg extension) one needs to select the “Open with Finder” menu item.
Procedure in Photoshop Elements
Collages can be made in Photoshop Elements
- Select photos in the Project Bin in the editor.
- Select Photo Collage in the Create pane.
- Choose options. After the collage is presented there is an option to choose between Advanced and Basic modes for editing.
- Options are provided for further customizing, including backgrounds and layouts
(30/05/2017 updated with Photoshop Elements info, tested with Photoshop Elements 10)