How to Make a Digital Picture Collage

by J. Anthony Cooley
Make a collage on your computer.

Make a collage on your computer.

Of gifts it's said, "It's the thought that counts." A collage is a timeless gift that is all thought and consideration. Making a collage used to be a time-consuming and messy project, but now you can use software that came with your computer to make a collage in minutes without the mess or risk of ruining up your pictures. A collage is a creative way to get a lot of pictures into one single picture frame.

1

Click the "Start" button, then move the cursor over "All Programs," then "Accessories," and finally, select "Paint."

2

Click the "Image" tab located at the top left corner of the screen and select the "Attributes" option. Select "Inches" in the units section and fill in the "Width" and "Height" fields with the dimensions of the paper on which you plan to print the collage. If you are not printing the collage, adjust the dimensions to the size you want.

3

Click the "Edit" tab located at the top left corner of the screen and select the "Paste From" option. This brings up a directory of the files on your computer. Locate an image you want on your collage, click on it and then click "Open." The picture will appear in the top left corner of the window.

4

Move the picture where you want it on the canvas by placing the mouse on the picture, then pressing and holding down the left mouse button and using the mouse to position the picture where you want it on the digital canvas.

5

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add more pictures to your collage. You can quickly resize selected pictures to add variety or to make them fit better: Place the mouse on a corner of the picture, then press and hold down the left mouse button, dragging the corner to make the picture grow or shrink. Once you have moved and unselected a picture, that picture becomes part of the whole collage; if it overlaps another picture, you cannot move it again to reveal the other picture.

6

Click the "File" tab located at the top left corner of the screen and select the "Save As" option. Create a file name for your collage, move on to the "Save As Type" field and select "JPEG" then click "Save."

About the Author

Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera a lot pf pictures - flowers. image by Olaru Radian-Alexandru from Fotolia.com