Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Make a Photo Collage Faster Than You Can Say "Cheese"

Hello, Tailgaters!  It's Megan from I Teach. What's Your Super Power? here to share a techy tutorial with you.


I love a good photo collage, but even in Photoshop, it's not a quick process. Thankfully, my good friend Pixlr has decided to make it a much easier job. I made this one in less than two minutes!
Awwww.  Aren't they cute?

Want to find out how?  Watch this video (sorry if I sound manly, I've had a cough since Thanksgiving.)

Not a good listener?  Here you go.
•Go to pixlr.com and choose Pixlr Express
•Select Collage
•Click on Layout and select your collage style
•Moving your mouse over any of the boxes will activate the blue plus button.  Click on it and select your picture.  You can click on the picture with your mouse to move it around and adjust it inside the box.
•Use the Spacing tool to change your border size, the Roundness tool for an Instagram rounded corner effect, or the Proportion tool if you want a more wider/tall layout.  Click on the color box to change the background color.  Unfortunately, there is no color picker.  But it is free, so I can't complain too much!

You can edit pictures from within your collage layout too.
•Hover over the picture you want to edit.  I chose to edit the large picture because it had so much background.
 •Click on the little paintbrush.
 •You have lots of options, but to crop a picture, click on Adjustments, then Crop
•Use the blue handle bars to make your adjustments
•When you're happy, click on Apply, then Save

Collages are super fun to make.  Even my 11 year old has had a blast playing with them.  They're also very practical if you're a blogger.  Instead of uploading eight pictures for my tutorial (and hogging up my precious free storage), I only uploaded two.  I saved the photos at 200 KB.  Nice enough for the Internet but not so giant as to use up space unnecessarily.

If you have any questions, leave a comment or stop by my blog and e-mail me!


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4 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to do this :)
    Dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

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  2. so fun!
    Come link up to my photo linky party
    4 prizes http://missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/2012/12/giveaway-time.html

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  3. Love this! I use smilebox to do monthly (or seasonal) slide shows for my Grade 8 class - just photos I take in class, on field trips, of projects and work.... but I like this a lot!!! I have done a post and linked back to here and your blog too!!! Newest follower.... look forward to more great posts

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