Are you fond of taking a lot of photos of your family and friends? Instead of sending them the usual stacks, do you wish to surprise them by making wonderful assortments of their photos? They can use them as poster or scrapbook images.
Well, if you are interested in making a digital photo collage, it is great to use Corel Paintshop Pro. Here are the steps involved:
- Step 1. Open your Corel Paintshop Pro. Access the file menu, and then, select “New”. A dialog box for a “New Image” is going to appear. Adjust the paper size. It should be 8 ½” x 11 ½”. Afterwards, work out the resolution. It should be set at 200 pixels/inch. Meanwhile, the color setting should be changed to “White”. The adjustments are going to allow you to create an image that has a dimension of 170 x 2,200 pixels.
- Step 2. Select your photos for your collage by using the Corel Paintshop Pro browser. Again, access the file menu and then, select “Browse”. That should allow you to open your photo album and choose the ones that you need. You can click and then, drag, each photo from your browser to your canvass. Once the photos have been opened, you can start tweaking them. Use the cropping feature. Of course, you should manipulate the photos one after the other.
- Step 3. After you have inserted a photo into your collage page, promptly select it. Afterwards, select “Edit”. Copy your photo so you can transfer it to the clipboard. Go back to your blank canvass and simultaneously click “Edit” and “Paste”. And eventually, after you have chosen “Paste As New Layer”, you can readily see your selected photo right on your blank page.
- Step 4. You can transfer or drag the photo anywhere by selecting the move tool. You can easily find it on the toolbar. Simply look for the icon that seems like an arrow (four-way).
- Step 5. Prepare to resize your photo. You can do that by selecting the deform tool and by moving your mouse to your photo’s bottom-right edge. See to it that you don’t drag and click your photo. You don’t want to distort its aspect ratio. It is better to work using the sizing handle. Right-click and drag it as you hold down your mouse’s right button. This permits you to maintain your photo’s correct aspect ratio. By left-clicking anywhere in your photo, you can move, transfer, or drag it.
- Step 6. After you have worked on your first photo, repeat Steps 2 to 6 for the remaining pieces in your collage. Don’t limit your imagination. Make your collage interesting and exciting.
You can print copies of the collage and give them out to your family and
friends. You can also post the collage in your personal website. In
your next attempts, try to experiment on color, size, combination, or
execution. And if you have already done a lot of them, you can organize
them in a photo album. If you have not printed them, you can put them
together as part of a digital art portfolio. So, when you are ready to
work on your first photo collage?