A Photo Collage Tutorial, a Freebie, and a Giveaway

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a very merry one around here.  Time with family, my kids are still at that magical Christmas age, and my hubby proved he knows me well.  A Loft gift card, a Barnes and Noble gift card, and a Wacom Bamboo tablet for fiddling around in Photoshop were waiting for me yesterday.  Cute clothes, reading, and techy nerd stuff-all my favorite things!

Moving on, I promised a collage tutorial, and here it is.  I love a good photo collage, but even in Photoshop, it's not a quick process. Thankfully, my good friend Pixlr has decided to make it a much easier job.

I made this one in less than two minutes!
Awwww.  Aren't they cute?

Want to find out how?  Watch this video (sorry if I sound manly, I've had a cough since Thanksgiving.)

Not a good listener?  Here you go.
•Go to pixlr.com and choose Pixlr Express
•Select Collage
•Click on Layout and select your collage style
•Moving your mouse over any of the boxes will activate the blue plus button.  Click on it and select your picture.  You can click on the picture with your mouse to move it around and adjust it inside the box.
•Use the Spacing tool to change your border size, the Roundness tool for an Instagram rounded corner effect, or the Proportion tool if you want a more wider/tall layout.  Click on the color box to change the background color.  Unfortunately, there is no color picker.  But it is free, so I can't complain too much!

You can edit pictures from within your collage layout too.
•Hover over the picture you want to edit.  I chose to edit the large picture because it had so much background.
•Click on the little paintbrush.
•You have lots of options, but to crop a picture, click on Adjustments, then Crop
•Use the blue handle bars to make your adjustments
•When you're happy, click on Apply, then Save

Collages are super fun to make.  Even my 11 year old has had a blast playing with them.  They're also very practical if you're a blogger.  Instead of uploading eight pictures for my tutorial (and hogging up my precious free storage), I only uploaded two.  I saved the photos at 200 KB.  Nice enough for the Internet but not so giant as to use up space unnecessarily.

And here's a little Valentine freebie for those of you that plan ahead:
Click on the image to download.

Enjoy your holiday!!!

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  1. You cracked me up with your focused post! Love the photo layout, adorable!

  2. I am going to try using your tutorial- I have a new grandson and I want to have lots of different kinds of picture options. Thank you.

  3. Thanks for the photo layout tips! I am your newest follower!

    Christina :)
    Check out my blog!
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  4. I just found your blog and became your newest follower! Funny thing is that I also just found Pixlr and have been really trying to figure it out, so I hope I can learn something from you!

    Thanks and if you have time visit me at 3amcreations.blogspot.com



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