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Make A Photo Collage Using Panos Big Picture

How To Easily Make A Square Photo Collage

I was messing around making a collage the other day, and I came across this pretty cool action. It’s called Panos’s Big Picture– you can get it by clicking here and scrolling almost all the way down to the bottom of the page- look under the header “Frames and Mattes” and it’s #42.

It’s pretty easy to use- here’s what my image looked like before I ran the action. Basically you just put a bunch of square pictures side by side, with no extra space around any of the pictures.

How To Make A Photo Collage

This image has been shrunk down for web-sized viewing, and the action will still work on a web-sized image (you can grab this one and try it to test it out if you want), but I think the shadows turn out better if you start with a bigger image. Mine was like 2400px x 2400px originally.

When you have all your square pictures set up, just run the Big Picture action and it turns into this!

How To Make A Photo Collage

Pretty sweet, huh? :)

How To Use Lightroom 2 To Make A Photo Collage

Now you can just use Photoshop, or Gimpshop or whatever to put your square images together, no problem- but if you have Lightroom 2, it’s even easier to make grids of pictures like the one above. Basically you just select all your pictures and choose “Print to File”- then you can pick one of their premade contact sheets and it’ll put all your images in a grid for you. Even if they’re not already square, you can just click a button and it will make them all square for you. :) Then instead of printing it out on your printer, it’ll just make a large JPG image of what you see on the screen. Super easy! :) I learned more about that trick from this tutorial here.

Now why on earth am I making a collage of a bunch of clothes?? :p

Well, it’s out with the old and in with the new! :)

Square Image Photo Collage

I’m cleaning out my closets- and these are all going up for sale on eBay if you see one that catches your eye. ;)

Make A Photo Collage

I’ve got sweaters, tops, jeans, skirts…

How To Make A Photo Collage

from Abercrombie & Fitch, J. Crew, GAP, Bebe, The Limited, Ann Taylor LOFT and too many more. :blush:

How To Make A Photo Collage

My eBay Auctions

Ok, I’ll stop now. ;)

Well, I hope you found this little mini-tutorial fun and helpful! :) Thanks so much for looking! :)

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18 Responses
  1. Diane

    You are totally amazing!! I am green with envy over your creative ideas and your boundless energy!! Thanks for all the step-by-step instructions….now for the time to try it all!! :)

  2. {Abby M}

    Hey Amanda!
    OK this has nothing to do with this article but I have one quick question. What font do you use for the main body of your blog posts? Can we access it on your site or on Blogger? I *LOVE* it so much and would love to use it on my blog.

    BTW…I figured out how to use your fonts on my blog with that tutorial. I’ll give you the link once my blog is finished being redesigned!

  3. Amy Johnson

    Thanks for the great tip…I LOVE learning how to do new things with pictures…maybe I should actually start USING some of the stuff I’ve learned!

  4. Nancy

    That is so cool action!!! Thanks for sharing your tips. Can I Ask you one little question with changing the font in blogs… I fallow all your tutorial and it works the only thig is that I have 2 titles of everything, the old one and the new one. What can I do??? or did I do something wrong?? Thanks for your help

  5. Candice S.

    all i can say is….. you rock!!!!! I LOVE the collage look! Fabulous!!! Fabulous!!! You are my hero! I am soooo going to use this for some gifts I am making for Christmas!!

    Thank you for all you do for your fans!!!!

  6. Jackie

    That’s pretty neat! I don’t think your clothes are one size fits all :P I mean they wouldn’t fit me, but I like what you’ve done with them :) It looks like what smilebox does with their imaging software . Smilebox.com is about my speed lol but I am tickled pink for you :)

    Even though I don’t understand what all the mumbo jumbo talk was about at vivians photography website, it sounds like a lot of fun and ‘yours and hers’ pictures, look great, but I only have GIMP , and no knowledge of how to use it , whatsoever :(

    Have a fun fantastic weekend!

  7. Morgan

    Oh my gosh! I have that exact same Abercrombie cardi! I got it from my boyfriend my junior year of high school… I see your getting rid of yours, so is it sad that I still love Love LOVE mine????

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