Photo Collages

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.

  1. Purchase a collage frame that allows you to place several photos within the frame.
  2. Use software to combine several photos within one image.

Collage Frame

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

  1. Select one or several photos from the browser, click the “Collage” button on the toolbar and they will appear in a dialog box.
  2. Add or remove images here and set options for the appearance. This includes margins and type of layout.
  3. 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

  1. Select photos in the Project Bin in the editor.
  2. Select Photo Collage in the Create pane.
  3. Choose options. After the collage is presented there is an option to choose between Advanced and Basic modes for editing.
  4. Options are provided for further customizing, including backgrounds and layouts
Photo collage of images from Chilliwack Wetlands

Photoshop Elements photo collage

(30/05/2017 updated with Photoshop Elements info, tested with Photoshop Elements 10)

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Quick Tip: Setting up external editors in GraphicConverter

GraphicConverter provides a great selection of features including browsing and image editing. For those occasions where you need to use another image editor it is easy to send the picture from the browser to open in your desired program. There are two different ways to do this.

  1. Right click and in the menu select “Open With”.
  2. Add the “Open With” button in the toolbar.

The external editors need to be set up initially to make them available. The editors are set in the preferences.

Opening from the menu

Preferences -> General -> External Editors

GraphicConverter Preferences

Add external editors in preferences

In the window add any photo editors you have available here using the + button. More than one program can be listed here. In the browser right click on the image, select “Open With” and the list of applications will be shown. It can also be accessed from the main menu Edit -> Edit With.

Opening from the toolbar

Preferences -> Browser -> Misc

GraphicConverter Preferences

Add preferred editor in preferences

For the option “Open With” Application set your preferred program.

Right click on the toolbar to customize it and add the “Open With” button to the toolbar.

Affinity Photo is the program chosen here, which means that clicking on the “Open With” button on the toolbar will open a selected image in Affinity Photo. The setting here will also affect when opening from the menu by placing the chosen program at the top of the list.