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Need Help collage/tile

Oct 16, 2011, 16:01
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Need Help collage/tile
Hi new here,
I am wondering how I can make a simple collage of three or four photo's.
Something like a progression of movement, or a film strip kind of look. I am able to do this in Picasa but I am not happy with the resolution of the final product. I assume it is to do with layers and I definitely could use some help in that regard. Is there an tutorial that anyone could point me to. Here is what I would like to be able to do http://www.flickr.com/photos/54755831@N0...hotostream
Thanks, AL
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Oct 16, 2011, 16:33
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RE: Need Help collage/tile
Yes, on the whole it has to do with layers. You bring in your various pictures as layers in the collage image, so that you can move them around. Basically:
  1. You evaluate the final size in pixels of your collage (either the right size for a computer display, or print size in inches/cm time a definition (300PPI is enough)
  2. This allows you to compute the size of your individual images in the collage, and the size of the margins, etc...
  3. You create an image with the size of the collage, create the required background
  4. For each component image:
    1. Open it as a separate image
    2. Prepare it for inclusion: Crop, Image/Scale image, do fancy stuff like "drop shadows"
    3. Save it under a new name (to avoid overwriting your original)
    4. In the Images list, take that image and drag it to the collage image, where it will appear as a layer.
  5. Organize the component images using the Move tool, the Align tool, perhaps with the help of a grid or guides
  6. Save that image as XCF if you think you'll rework it.

You can also prepare all individual images first, and load them in the collage image using "File/Open as layers".

For a film strip, open your images in Gimp and give a try to Filters/Combine/Filmstrip.

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Oct 16, 2011, 19:56
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RE: Need Help collage/tile
(Oct 16, 2011 16:33)ofnuts Wrote:  Yes, on the whole it has to do with layers. You bring in your various pictures as layers in the collage image, so that you can move them around. Basically:
  1. You evaluate the final size in pixels of your collage (either the right size for a computer display, or print size in inches/cm time a definition (300PPI is enough)
  2. This allows you to compute the size of your individual images in the collage, and the size of the margins, etc...
  3. You create an image with the size of the collage, create the required background
  4. For each component image:
    1. Open it as a separate image
    2. Prepare it for inclusion: Crop, Image/Scale image, do fancy stuff like "drop shadows"
    3. Save it under a new name (to avoid overwriting your original)
    4. In the Images list, take that image and drag it to the collage image, where it will appear as a layer.
  5. Organize the component images using the Move tool, the Align tool, perhaps with the help of a grid or guides
  6. Save that image as XCF if you think you'll rework it.

You can also prepare all individual images first, and load them in the collage image using "File/Open as layers".

For a film strip, open your images in Gimp and give a try to Filters/Combine/Filmstrip.
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Oct 16, 2011, 19:57
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RE: Need Help collage/tile
ofnuts, Thanks so much I got it now.....
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