The Picasa Picture Collage Tool: Banners, Promotional Materials, Tutorials, and More

This is just one of the many picture collages that I have created with Picasa for my blog.
This is just one of the many picture collages that I have created with Picasa for my blog. | Source

Tutorial how to make a collage with Picasa 3

Picasa Collage (2 photos side by side)

I have been using Picasa ever since I started taking digital photos in early 2005. Between my Etsy shop, HubPages, and my blog, I've been using Picasa nearly every day since late 2008. I've been aware of the Collage tool for over a year but I didn't start using it until very recently. Now I can't stop using it! There are so many great possibilities for these photo collages. While this tool is not nearly as powerful as what you can do with photo programs like Picasa, it is a great tool for those of who are novices when it comes to graphic design.

Even when you don't need to set specific size dimensions for your collages consider:

  • the general size
  • shape (i.e. square or rectangle)
  • colors
  • if you want to add text or not
  • if you want to do any other customization with the Picasa editing tools after you have created your collage

Where do you start?
Click on Create from the top menu and then Picture Collage. You can select photos once you have the collage tool open OR you can select photos beforehand. If you choose to select them beforehand (which is what I always do), simply highlight the ones that you want to use OR drag them into the selection box in the bottom left hand corner to highlight all at once after you've picked out all of your photos. Then click on the Picture Collage option.

I have not included a lot of step by step directions for collages because the feature is pretty self-explanatory. However, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'll be happy to help in any way that I can.

Above all else...
Make sure that you are using high quality photos for your collages. If you are new to photo shooting and editing, it's never too late to start. Use what you have for now and continue to improve your skills as you can.

Happy creating!

Banners for Blogs, Web Sites, Etc.

This is a banner that I designed for my Etsy shop for Valentine's Day 2011.
This is a banner that I designed for my Etsy shop for Valentine's Day 2011. | Source
This is a banner that I designed for my blog for Valentine's Day 2011.
This is a banner that I designed for my blog for Valentine's Day 2011. | Source

I recently created my first blog and Etsy shop banners with Picasa, both with Valentine's Day themes. They have been very well received, particularly the blog banner. One thing that I love about creating banners with Picasa is that you can customize the sizing very easily. When you are editing a collage, click on the Page Format drop down menu. You can choose a pre-set size or design your own with the Custom Aspect Ratios choice. For my Etsy banner, I created a 760x100 custom ratio as this is the size that the site requires for shop banners. I like to change my banners frequently, particularly my blog banner, so that they reflect the current season and my current work, and will be using the collage feature again for my next banners later this year.

Tutorials and Step by Step Directions

I created this collage to go along with a recipe that I posted on my blog.
I created this collage to go along with a recipe that I posted on my blog. | Source
Do you post recipes on your blog or on HubPages?  Collages are great for step by step instructions.
Do you post recipes on your blog or on HubPages? Collages are great for step by step instructions. | Source

I post recipes and tutorials on my blog and HubPages on a regular basis. I've included a couple collages for these type of posts and articles now, including my new Homemade Pesto Mozzarella Pizza Recipe. Photo collages are a great way to break down specific parts of a recipe or tutorial. It is helpful to use large photos for some aspects of a recipe or tutorial, but not for very step. Collages are a great way to summarize some of the smaller steps or pieces of information succinctly.

There are numerous places to publish tutorials and recipes online. Keep collages in mind whenever you are putting together these type of articles or posts.

Features

I feature items from my top blog commenters who have Etsy shops every month.  I provide links to the items below the collage.
I feature items from my top blog commenters who have Etsy shops every month. I provide links to the items below the collage. | Source
If you write any type of article about another artist, a collage is a great way to feature some of their work.
If you write any type of article about another artist, a collage is a great way to feature some of their work. | Source

Typically I do features on my blog, but there are many great ways to write feature articles as well. For the features that I write on a regular basis, such as the monthly top commenters feature, I like to mix up the photo format to keep posts visually appealing. Even when I stick to a collage format several months in a row, I will use different types of collages, such as mosaic one month, then a scattered photo collage the next month.

If you are looking to get featured in more places, one of the best things that you can do is start writing features yourself. If you get featured regularly, consider ways that you can thank the people who share your work with others.

Promotions/Promotional Materials

Collages are a great way to design promotional literature/images for sales.
Collages are a great way to design promotional literature/images for sales. | Source

It is key to include stellar photos in your promotional materials. There are so many places online that you can use photo collages for your promotions including e-mail newsletters and blog/web site promotions about sales. You can also create materials for printed promotional materials such as flyers, postcards, and business cards. If you don't want to print materials yourself, you can upload your images to any number of printing sites, such as Vistaprint.

Other Possibilities for Blogs and Articles

Using a collage can be a fun way to show the different steps of a work in progress.
Using a collage can be a fun way to show the different steps of a work in progress. | Source
There are so many possibilities for different blog topics.
There are so many possibilities for different blog topics. | Source

Now that I'm creating collages frequently, I'm always finding new ways to include them in my blog posts and articles. Any time that you are writing about a topic that has possible photo groupings, you can consider creating a collage for at least one grouping. I've provided a couple examples here from my own blog, but there are so many more possibilities out there. Once you get started, you'll have no problem designing collages that fit with your blog/article topics and writing style/format.

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Peter Allison 4 years ago from Alameda, CA

This is cool, thanks for posting these great promotional ideas using Picassa! I'll have to check it out. I used Shutterbug this year for our annual calendar and was less than pleased with image quality and templates.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

I have not used Picassa before, but I enjoyed looking at the banners and collages you have done. They are awesome!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Peter and lady rain, thanks! I'm glad that you enjoyed this.

Peter, that's too bad about Shutterbug. :( I have started using the pre-set crop suggestions in Picasa for photos that I want to print. It makes a HUGE difference. It's the only way to get decent prints from the cheap places like Target anymore.


storybeader 4 years ago

the collages are very professional looking. I love to use Picasa - even for just two photos! And then the text button is perfect to write with! {:-D


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I agree, Deb! It does work well with just two photos. I LOVE the text function as well. It creates so many more possibilities for these collages.


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

randomcreative,

I like Picassa and need to use it more. Wonderful tips. The examples you gave were awesome. You are inspiring.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much GmaGoldie!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Brilliant hub, so, so useful. I have only used Picasa at a very basic level so was intrigued by your explanation; I will certainly give this a try in the future.

Voted op and shared.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Jools! I'm really glad that this is useful for you. Let me know if you have any questions about anything.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Rose, I LOVE Picasa! It's awesome. I didn't even think about using this to create groups of photos for my tutorials.. Sometimes I need a group of photos together for one capsule and I usually use Photoshop and it's complicated.. this will save me so much time. I'm so glad you shared this!! Voting way up and sharing :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

What would we do without you Rose? You are such a rock star!!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are great ways to use Picasa, well done!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Wow wow wow! You are simply marvelous! Voted up and shared on FB.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Jamie, this will be so much easier than Photoshop! I look forward to seeing what you do with Picasa for your future hubs.

Haha, thanks Linda! I try!

Thanks Christy and Anamika!

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