How To'sday | Picassa Photo Collage by Stephanie Umpleby

If you've ever wanted to learn how to re-size your photos so that you can create a layout featuring more than your basic size prints, then today's tutorial by Stephanie Umpleby will be right up your alley!


Do you ever have many pictures from the same event that you want to include but don’t want to create multiple scrapbook pages to include them? Smaller pictures are the answer! But, if you don’t have your own printer, how do you do it? One answer is Picasa.

With Picasa, you can make collages of pictures. You can set the collage size to standard printing sizes (4x6, 5x7, 8x10, etc) print a bunch of small photos inexpensively. Here is how you do it!

First, download Picasa if you don’t have it. It is a free photo editing program from the Google guys, it works pretty well, and is Mac and PC compatible. Next add your photo folders to Picasa. This is very easy to do, and as long as always save to the same location on your computer, it is a one-time thing. Go to File, and then Add Folder to Picasa. I have mine set to “scan always” our picture hard drive, so each time I open the program it is up to date.

If you have a big folder of photos and only want to use some of them, you need to sort out the ones you want to use. There are two options. First, you can “star” the photos, which will put them in the Starred Photos folder. To “star” a photo, all you have to do is click on the star icon near the bottom center of the screen. You can “unstar” the same way. Starred photos will have a little star appearing in the bottom right corner of the screen for easy reviewing. You can also make a new folder and copy the images there too. Normally I start with the starring process, and if I want to keep the folder for later, I then export the starred photos to a new folder.

Now that you have your photos, you have some decisions to make. The first is what kind of collage you want to make.

I like the picture pile and mosaic for my kids’ monthly update photos because I can include all of the “good” pictures from the month into one picture that I then email to friends and family (and later scrap as one photo). For vacation pictures, I love the grid collage because I print out several photos at once and then decide how to scrap them later. If I did a picture pile or mosaic, I would have less freedom in scrapping because it is harder to break those collages up.

Here are some tricks to the grid collage.

Here are the actual steps to making the collage.

1. Select your photos. All of the photos you select should appear in the selection box at the bottom left of the screen. I normally use Ctrl, Click or Shift, Click for this.

2. Click on Collage (at the bottom center of the screen).

3. Change any settings you want on the collage.

4. Shuffle or drag the pictures around if you need to.
5. Create the collage

Here is a page done using only 4x6 collages from Picasa. I kept one as a whole 4x6, then I cut many of the others in half. I used the last print as two square pieces and as individual pictures at the bottom.


Thank you Stephanie for the great tutorial! I'm excited to incorporate a little more of the unique photo sizing with Mid Week Mojo sketches and will be able to point everyone in the direction of this tutorial to help them create those unique-sized photos for layouts. Speaking of, the sketch for tomorrow does incorporate some smaller photos. :)

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to We want to keep your ideas coming. Next week we have a great tutorial by Brittany Perry which you will simply not want to miss!

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo. For those of you that want to get started with smaller photos, the sketch includes one 4x6 vertical and four 2.5 x 1.75 photos.

Have a great day and scrap happy!

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