Tools to Create Photo Collages for 4×6 Printing

Jeryn, here, bringing you this month’s Project Life Tips & Tricks. This month I’m going to show you how to print several pictures on one 4×6 using various paid & FREE tools to either send to Persnickety Prints (other other print shop), or to print from home.

If you’re like me you like to save money when printing your pictures (or journal cards), getting the most out of those 4×6 prints as you can. I print my pictures at home sometimes if I need something quickly or at Persnickety Prints when I can wait a day or two. Either way, I want to make sure I’m getting the most out of my 4×6 prints.

Using Photoshop to create a contact sheet

Remember that Photoshop tutorial where I showed you how to create a contact sheet so you could organize and finally SEE your digital kits? You’re going to use the same directions but instead of creating a 8.5×11 sheet you’re going to create a 4×6 sheet. This will allow you to print two 3×4 pictures (or journal cards) onto one 4×6. Note: Make sure that you also change the number of columns to 2 and rows to 1. No need to use a template!

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Here’s what your 3×4 pictures will look like as they are turned into a 4×6 sheet.

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Using PicFrame

You’ve heard of PicFrame. It’s really been a must-have for anyone that does pocket pages. Did you know they offer a .99 app for Mac users so you can use this on your Mac? Check it out HERE.

Make sure your ratio is set to 3:2. If you have the Mac desktop version you can change the ratio by clicking on the arrow with the 4 directions (top right). Then choose the type of collage you want on the left side bar. For this example I chose two 3×4 pictures.

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Using Picasa

Picasa has been around for a long time and if you already use it to manage your pictures then you might already know how to create a collage. But if you’re like many and don’t use Picasa but have always wanted to use it to manage your pictures now might be the time to install it especially since now you know you can create collages with it!

Choose your pictures that you’d like to turn into collages by highlighting them. In my example I’m sticking with the two 3×4 pictures again. With your pictures highlighted go to the menu bar under CREATE and choose Picture Collage. You’ll need to change the collage settings under Settings and then choose Grid under the drop down menu.

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Under Page Format choose 4×6 small print.

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Your collage will then look like this:

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Hit Create Collage and you’re done!

Using Fotor

Fotor is an online photo collage tool that’s FREE and easy to use. Think PicFrame but free.

Upload your pictures from your computer, Dropbox, Facebook, etc. on the right hand side bar. On the left hand side bar under the word “CLASSIC” choose the number of pictures you’d like to include in your collage. I chose 4 for my example. Move around the pictures as desired to get them into the frames the way you want. Save and you’re done!

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So you’re all set now. Go ahead and get your pictures into collages!

Before you go check out some eye candy from our PL team:

If you have a chance, stop by CTM Melissa Caroll and CTM Colie Kumar’s blog to give some love on their spreads.

Have a good one! Peace.

One Reply to “Tools to Create Photo Collages for 4×6 Printing”

  1. Hi
    Thanks so much for your helpful reviews. Just what I need for information to choose what to use on laptop rather than phone. x

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