How to Create a Photo Collage Using Google Picasa 3

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According to the dictionary, a collage is “ an artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color.” So, a photo collage would be a collection of artistically overlapping photos that fit in one frame and look awesome.

There are many tools, both desktop and web based, that let you create photo collages effortlessly. However, Google’s Picasa 3 stands out among them. It has some excellent options when it comes to creating a photo collage. In this article, we’ll see how, with the help of Picasa, you can create and gift wonderful picture mosaics to your loved ones without breaking a sweat

Creating a Photo Collage or a Picture Mosaic With Picasa 3

Step 1: Download and Install the latest version of Picasa from their official home page.

Step 2: On the left hand side bar you will see all your photographs indexed into folders while the right bar will show you the thumbnail of all the photographs in your computer. Select the folder which contains the photographs you wish to create a collage from, and click on Create—>Picture Collage from the menu bar.

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Step 3: Once you are on the collage creation page, select the type of effect you have on mind from settings tab.

collage style

Step 4: You can now touch up your collage by adjusting parameters like Picture Borders, Background Options and Page Format.

collage settings

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Step 5: You can tilt and enhance photos in the mosaic right from the angle wheel in the preview window. It’s a pretty neat feature which you won’t find in most of the other such tools. This feature gives you the flexibility to individually work on each photo in the collage and align it with others in the frame to your satisfaction.

Angle and Scale

Step 6: Once you are pleased at heart that the collage in the preview is just what you want it to be, click the Create Collage button.

Step 7: Wait for Picasa to draft your collage. It my take time depending upon the number of photographs used or quality of the photographs.

Draft Image

Step 8: Once your collage is ready, export it and save it at your desired location.

save as

That’s all folks, you now have your first collage saved in the hard disk. You can now email it, print it, decorate it or get it printed out and framed.

Final image

My Verdict

Picasa is a powerful tool to bring life to your photographs. If at all you want to impress someone, a picture collage of all the past memories is a great way to do it, and believe me, no one does it better than Picasa.

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  • Lisa Rusczyk

    Thanks I did not think of tis myself!

  • sagarika

    truely awsm 1

  • ihateyou

    how do you merge the pics? this was NOT what I needed:( :(

  • Brad

    can you help me figure out how to order the pictures when making a collage in the “contact sheet” format/style? I don’t like how they are randomly ordered. Thank you.

  • sumangal

    thanks for this information… :-)

  • afsar

    tanX for the info..