This holiday season, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, something extraordinary happened. iPhoto on my Mac gave birth to over 1,000 new photos. Between my iPhone and my Canon DSLR, I managed to take and upload just over 1,000 photos. 1,000. Either wherever I went everyone was having a good time, or I what I was drinking wasn’t just egg nog.
What can you do with hundreds of new photos besides stuffing them into iPhoto?
This week I tried out half a dozen Mac collage maker apps, and settled on Photo Collage Pro (thanks to an iTunes Store gift card).
From the clever title you can easily guess what you get with Photo Collage Pro (anything with pro in the title comes with a price tag).
Select from one of the nearly four dozen standard layouts. Drag and drop photos into the collage. But you’re not done yet.
Photos can be editing with effects, zooms, shadows, and text (as well as cropping and rotating.
Collages can be created in custom sizes, landscape or portrait. Use a photo or a color as the collage background.
Then… drum roll, please… share the finished collage with friends and family. What I’ve been doing is creating a collage, and sending out both collage and the photos. It seems everyone wants to collect the photos, but they want to view the collage.
The tools are self explanatory. Set the collage size, set orientation, select a background (color or photo). Then, select a layout and start dropping photos into the collage.
Photos can be rotated in their frames, and frames have controls for size, color, border, border corners, and more. The text options are a little funky (enter text from the sidebar tool panel), but effective (and you can change font and size and color).
A photo collage sounds so much like 1959, but the results always seem to bring a smile or a phone call when collages are shared.