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Creating and Posting a Collage created in Picnik...
in under 10 steps, FOR FREE!

UPDATE MAY 2012 - PICNIK IS NO LONGER IN SERVICE. WE WILL BE REWRITING OUR TUTORIALS USING OTHER RESOURCES. THIS TAKES A BIT OF TIME SO WE HOPE YOU WILL BEAR WITH US. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. DON'T FORGET TO TRY PICMONKEY.COM! 

Ability Level: Newbie

Step 1:
Go to www.picnik.com and click on "Get Started Now"

Step 2: Click on the tab that says "Collage."
(There are other options under the Library tab.)

Step 3: Choose the collage style you want from the scrolling menu at left. You can upgrade your account to get more fancy options. For now,
I selected the basic 4 square grid:

Step 4: Click on the small tab in the lower left corner that offers ways to "get" photos, called the Photo Basket. I clicked on Photobucket, and my entire library showed up in the space at the bottom of the screen
(but you can also upload from your computer, or other online albums):

Step 5: Simply drag your photos from the Photo Basket into the
collage space. You can then change the color of the background, edges (round or not), skew the photo layout, and adjust size relationship between photos. I went with the standard options on these:

Step 6: Click "Done!" in the upper right hand corner:

Optional Step 7: Add embellishments from the menu options,
if you would like. I preferred to leave mine plain (these are also a premium feature):

Step 8: Click the tab "Save and Share" and select from the saving options. I chose to save to my computer, so that I could upload to Blogger. But there are many options in the option bar, including Twitter, Print, and E-Mail:

Step 9: Upload to your blog post!

I posted many collages on my personal blog, by repeating this process a few times. To make multiple collages, just click back on the Library Tag (once you are done with each collage), and click on "Collage" again. I saved each to my computer's desktop, then added them to my blog post. I think it made for a great effect. Check it out HERE.

6 comments:

  1. WOW this is another thing that's been on my to learn to do list! Thanks much.

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  2. Picniki is a fabulous editing tool especially for someone wanting professional effects without the stress of learning how to use PS

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  3. Lyndsay, you are the most wonderful teacher. I have learned sooooo much about blogging from you. You are my hero. And I think The Guide Book deserves my nomination for Blog of the Year (even though I was secretly thinking about nominating myself. :)

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  4. i use picnik on a regular basis since I never take the perfect photo!

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  5. So cute! I am always looking for a place to make my pics look cute (free is in my price range!). So thank you for your ideas!

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