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January 25, 2012
Just renewed my membership and it has already paid for itself by saving me a lot of time with your answers and suggestions.
Now I need help with my latest honey do project. My wife is an avid quilter and now wants to add photos we have taken to her quilts. This will require me to set specific print output dimensions to accommodate her block size. My current assignment is to create a collage the will be printed on a 9 inch square block of fabric. After reviewing your videos I think I can handle the collage part, but need help getting the required print size. Not sure if the entire project can be done using Picasa or I should use Picasa to create the collage and then export the file to another program such as Photoshop Elements to get the required print size.
If you or any of your members can solve this problem, I will have paid for my membership in time saved for another year.
Look forward to your suggestions.
We’re so glad you’ve gotten a year’s worth of value! Now let’s work on next year
Picasa can do everything you need. You can create a collage with the specific ratio of dimensions you need. Sometimes it requires creating a custom size, but yours is just a square. When you’re in the Collage Creation screen, click on the dropdown over Page Format and choose Square (CD.) That makes your resulting collage have equal width and height.
Then, when you click on the Print button, you’ll need to set the Printer Setup for the Paper Size to be User Defined 9 inches X 9 inches
Be sure to watch all the videos in the Collage Short Course:
- A Basic Collage – Mosaic Style
- Basic Collage: Picture Pile style and options
- Where is the Collage Picture Stored?
- Using Collage to Create a Banner Picture: Setting Size and Adding Text
- People Collage
- Using a Picture as Collage Background
- Using a Collage as Facebook Cover Photo
- Multiple Exposures
- Printable ‘Collage-Quick-Reference Sheet’
January 25, 2012
Ready to start on next year. Thanks for your response. Took a while and have been able to resolve most of my problems using your suggestions. Unfortunately many of the newer “improved” printers no longer have an option to set a custom paper size. My 2 printers were included in the improved category. However, I was able to work around this by tricking the printer into thinking it was an older model with the custom paper size feature.
I did run into a problem with the collage. I added text to most of the pictures I used. In draft mode the text appeared on the picture just where I wanted. However, when I finalized the collage the text on some, but not all, shifted and was either partially or totally missing. Perhaps you have an idea why this occurred. Here again was able to resolve using the trial and error method of rearranging in the draft mode, so the text appeared where I wanted in the final product. Any suggestions on why this occurred and how to resolve will again be appreciated.
As with most projects it’s one step forward and two steps back. My wife now informs me see needs a seam allowance. This means I need to add at least a 1/4 inch or larger border to the size of the picture. In the current project this will mean a 9 inch x 9 inch picture that is a minimum of 9.5 inch x 9.5 inch or larger depending on the width of the border for the finished product. The border can be bigger, but not less, than 1/4 inch. Have looked at your videos and think this can be resolved using the border feature, but not exactly sure how. Once again you suggestions will be most appreciated.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
Yes, Text does tend to jump around when you’re working with a collage, not sure why – it’s just that Picasa is dealing with several different elements and having a hard time keeping track of them all. I’ve dealt with this problem by leaving the text for last. I might even do an Export, or a Save As with my collage so it no longer is editable. Putting text on a flat picture is a lot more stable.
As for your print border, yes the Border feature may suit your needs, but there is also a border setting right on the print screen that might work better. You can’t specify a particular measurement, but you can see exactly what it’s doing so I’ll bet you’ll get close enough.
Yes, we had a perfect family Thanksgiving … hope you had a good one too!