How to Create a Photo Collage In Power Point
Garden Scene Photo Collage
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Want to spice up a presentation or create a memorable on-line photo collage?
Perhaps you have several related photos that cannot stand on their own. Or maybe for space reasons you want to group together several photos. Think about using related action shots, garden scenes, food images, pictures of your travels, etc.
Why not try something creative? Assemble a photo collage in Power Point using the easy instructions below.
If I can do this, I know you can!
I am using PowerPoint 2007, but the technique can be easily adapted to later versions. I selected my own personal photographs so I wouldn't need to provide photo credits for multiple others, as that would be cumbersome.
Step 1: Determine which photos to use
Select and optimize several related photos to use (e.g., crop or color-correct them, if needed).
Step 2: Insert photos
From PowerPoint, start with a blank slide. On the PowerPoint toolbar, select "Insert," then "Picture." Navigate to each of the photos you want to add, and select "Open." Do this for each of the photos you are adding.
In this example, I have added four photos at this step:
Step 3: Standardize photo dimensions for collage
Make sure all photos are the same height and ensure that you have "lock aspect ratio" selected. Work with each photo as follows: Right click the photo, select "Size and Position," change the photo's height to 2 inches.
Step 4: Arrange
Select and drag each of the photos into a row to arrange them.
Photos are now sized and lined up:
Step 5: Add a background frame box (shape)
Add the background frame box as follows. From the toolbar, select "Insert," then "Shape." Choose your shape from the variety available. I chose a rounded-corner rectangle. Use your mouse to select the shape.
If your shape covers the photos (i.e., it is positioned on top of the photos), right click on it and select "Send to Back." This places it behind the photos. Right click on the shape to manually adjust its size and position over your photos.
Step 6: Make the background frame box look pretty
Adjust the look of the frame box as desired. Have fun and try different looks until you get something you like. You can adjust the line of the box, add texture, change the color of the frame background, and alter the gradient.
To do so, right click on the frame box, select the little paint can icon, then select "Color," "Gradient," "Texture," or "Line." Don't be afraid to experiment!
Before adjustments to the color and gradient of the frame box:
Didn't adjusting gradient and color add sophistication?
Step 7: Outline each individual photo
To outline each individual photo inside the "frame," select the individual photo by right clicking it. Then select "Format picture." Choose "line color=solid line" and "line style=.75."
If you have photos that overlap, you can right click on the photo and select "Send to Back." If you make a mistake, just select it again and select "Bring to Front."
Grouping multiple photos and the frame box as one image
Step 8: Save the photos as one "grouped" image.
This is a neat trick. To save the photos as one image instead of five (four photos plus the background image), do this: select each of the photos plus the frame box by selecting them while holding down the Control (Ctrl) button.
Then, right click and select "Group" then "Group." A box will appear around the items that you grouped. To be sure that you grouped all the items together, try to move it on the page to be sure that everything -- the photos and the frame box -- moved in unison.
Step 9: Save the image as a picture
Right click on the new grouped image and select "Save as picture."
Congratulations! You now have a collage of several different photos and a background.
Ahh. Sweet Success!
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