Having been strongly encouraged by my wife to write the Wilson family 2007 Xmas letter (annual recap on the past year sent to people when never see and with whom the only contact is Xmas cards and the annual letter), I was instructed to also produce a photo collage of some pictures of our kids from the past year.
Trouble was that my software inventory came up lame on the collage generation
– GIMP, which is an open source product, almost certainly can produce collages but you need a PhD to use it
– Picassa from Google has a collage feature but with no controls and doesn’t allow you to size it to a normal photo size – you either get a square 2×2 or 3×3 grid. This was important as I didn’t want to use my colour printer, preferring to use the local photo shop which churns out high quality shots for 20p each.
– Any of the Adobe or Microsoft products I have didn’t make it easy to mesh the photos together with out lots of unnecessary and time-consuming fuss
– Online application FlauntR did lots of great stuff but also came up lame with photo size collages.
Thought I’d struck gold with Collagr, a free online app, until I found that there were no controls you could use to adjust the collage and it only took photos from folders on either Flickr or Photobucket.
But then a further search on Google located Picture2Lite. It was free to use and provided a wealth of facilities to edit your photos which could either be uploaded or taken from online sites. It also had large suite of collage templates to produce your desired look at feel, each of which could be customised to suit your particularly requirements. It was incredibly easy to use and the results were great. Definitely one to add to your armoury of photo editing tools and facilities.