How to create a photo collage without downloading any software

by Ross McKillop on June 1, 2010

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This tutorial will show you how to use the web service Photovisi to create great looking collages of your digital photos – without the need to download any software at all.

  1. To get started, head over to photovisi.com. Click on the large Click here to start! button.
  2. You’ll be presented with a pretty big list of collage templates to choose from. Photovisi is very flexible, so if there isn’t a template that you really love, pick one of the more ‘plain’ templates – because you can really customize all of them.

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  4. The next step is to start adding photos to your collage. Click the large Add items button in the upper-left corner.
  5. Select Photos from computer
  6. Navigate to the first photo you want to add to your collage, select it, and click Select (or OK or whatever your browser prompts you with).
  7. That image will now be inserted into your collage. Click on it once to ‘select’ it. You’ll notice that it now has little circular anchors that you can click-and hold, then drag, to enlarge or shrink that image. You can also drag the anchors up and down to rotate the image.

    As you can see in the screenshot below, I clicked on the anchor in the bottom right corner and dragged it outwards to enlarge the photo.

  8. If you click the picture and then hover your cursor over the image itself, you’ll see that it turns into a cursor with ‘up down left and right’ arrows. Click and hold your mouse button down, then drag the image itself to anywhere in the canvas that you want it
  9. Repeat steps #3 through 7 until you’re happy with your collage. Click the large Save button when you’re done.

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  11. Now you’ll be prompted to select the resolution you want your image in. You might as well go for the larger size, so select 1600×1200.

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  13. Now click the Upload button.

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  15. Give Photovisi a minute or two to do its thing.

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  17. Once it’s done, click the Click here to download your collage! button.

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  19. You’ll be taken to yet another page. This time look for the link titled Click here to download your collage and right-click on that link. Select Save Linked File As… (or Save Link As… if you’re using Firefox).

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  21. Select the location you want to save your file, and give it a name. Click Save.
  22. That’s it – you’re done! I’ve included the ‘test’ collage I created while writing this tutorial (see image below). All of the pictures I used for this collage were taken by Allison Murphy. Note: I was not paid to use or endorse Allison Murphy Photography, I’m just a big fan of her work.

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