Set up a Photo Mosaic with Google Picasa

MatthewA By MatthewA, 2nd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you have your own digital camera you can take a variety of photos. Then they can be combined as part of a digital photo mosaic. A photo mosaic is a collection of photos which are printed on one sheet of paper. This article covers how to set up a mosaic with Google Picasa 3.

Set up a Photo Mosaic with Google Picasa

Google Picasa is freeware photography software. Firstly, you'll need to have this software at hand. Go to the Google Picasa website from where you will find the software package.

When you have a copy of the software package installed you can then begin to set up the photo mosaic. But only if you already have a good compilation of photos to add to it. If not, then you should get snapping with your digital camera as a photo mosaic should include at least five to 10 photos.

With a suitable number of photos in your Picture folder, then you can really begin the photo mosaic. The option that you need to select in Google Picasa 3 is create, and then picture collage. Under settings you should then select either mosaic, or frame mosaic. The difference is that a frame mosaic includes a prominent photo in the centre.

Then you can begin to add the photos to the mosaic. Select the clips tab, and 'get more' option to add photos to the mosaic. When the option is selected, select a folder from Google Picasa, and then another additional photo to include within the mosaic. Then select the 'back to collage' option.

When you have added all the photos to the mosaic, you can also reposition them. Select the photo that is to be repositioned. Then drag it over another photo included on the mosaic. The photo will swap position with other.

There is also a grid spacing option which can be selected. When selected, you can expand the grid between the photos. The larger the grid the smaller the photos will be. With a grid added you can also select alternative background options.

When the mosaic is seemingly complete, select the create collage option. This will then set the collage up and add it a suitable folder. Picasa will set up a collage folder where all your mosaics are included. Select the mosaic from here to display.

You can print the mosaic onto paper by selecting the mosaic, file and then print. The printer will print it onto paper, but make sure that you have enough ink. In addition to this, the collage will be better on photo quality printing paper.

Overall, photo mosaics are a great way to showcase your photography. Picasa has good options for these, but there is a number of alternative software with which you can also set up photo mosaics with.


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