Feb 8, 2009

How to use Picture Collage Maker to make a photo collage

Tutorial

Create your collage from a preset template

On the Collage menu, click Open from template to create collage from preset template.



Edit collage settings

On the Collage menu, click Collage Panel Setting to make general settings for your collage.

Preset Paper Size: Select a paper size for your collage. If you select Customize, you can set the paper size by inputting the width and the height values.

Orientation: Choose Portrait (vertical) or Landscape (horizontal) as the orientation of your collage.

Background: Choose solid color, gradient color or an image from your hard disc as the background of your collage. If you select Image, click the Load button to add an image from your hard disc as the background. And you can select Tile, Center or Stretch to place the added image to the background of your collage.


Add photos to Project

In the Photo Pane on the left, find the folder where the photos you want to add are located, and the photos will be shown in thumbnails list below.

You can just drag each photo in thumbnails list to your collage or double click it.




Adjust Photo Size, Position and Rotation

Move photo :You can move your mouse cursor to the selected photo to move it by dragging your mouse cursor.

Resize photo : Select a photo, you can drag handles around the photo to resize it.

Rotate photo : You can move your mouse cursor to center of the selected photo to rotate it by dragging your mouse cursor.


Apply frames to photos

Open Frame pane. You can see the list of frames in the left part of Picture Collage Maker window.
Select a photo in the edit area.
In the frames thumbnails pane, double click a frame to apply it to the current photo.

Apply masks to photos

Open Mask pane. You can see the list of masks in the left part of Picture Collage Maker window.

Select a photo in the edit area.

In the mask thumbnails pane, double click a mask to apply it to the current photo.

Masks can only be black and white pictures. The black parts of a mask will block your photo, and the white parts of a mask will be transparent.

Use gray to make your photo partially transparent. Our library of masks includes professional gray gradients that let you fade your photos into our backgrounds.


Adding and Editing Text

On the Collage menu, click Add Text to add text to your collage.




Add Cliparts to Project

Open Clipart pane.You can see the list of clipart in the left part of Picture Collage Maker window.
In the clipart thumbnails pane, Double click a clipart to add it to the current project.


Save project and open project

On the File menu, click Save and specify a folder on your hard disc to save current collage project.The program lets you save your collage project as *.pwp file.

Before you start working with Picture Collage Maker you can open an existing collage project.
To do this, on the File menu, click Open.
In the dialog box that appears, select a *.pwp file and press Open button.


Save Project as JPEG file

On the File menu, click Save As Picture and specify a folder on your hard disc to save current collage project as a JPEG file.


Save project as template

On the Collage menu, click Save as template to save current project as a collage template. Picture collage maker allows you to create collage from template.


Set your collage project as your desktop wallpaper

On the Collage menu, click Set Wallpaper to set your collage as your desktop wallpaper.
Choose to center, tile or stretch your collage, click and your collage will be set as the wallpaper of your desktop.


Add calendar to project

On the Collage menu, click Add Calendar to add calendar to your collage.

 
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