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Best of Photo Projects: Shape Collage

Hello!  I’m here today to share with you a fun photo project using a program called Shape Collage.  If you’re not familiar with it, Shape Collage is a free downloadable program that can be used to create an enormous range of custom photo collages.  You can download the program by visiting the Shape Collage website.
I used the program to create a heart shaped collage made from my favorite photos from last year.  The free version of the program allows you to save your collage as a JPEG file and then resize or edit the image in your favorite photo editing software (you can also size the image in the shape collage program itself).  I sized my collage to 8 x 10 and then I cut out the heart and created this layout:

One tip I can offer after having used the program myself is that the more photos you use the more your finished collage will look like the desired shape.  However, if you want to see your photos and don’t want them to overlap too much then I recommend using fewer photos.  I wanted to see my photos, even if they are quite small, and so I opted to use fewer of them – this meant that my heart has rather jagged edges.  This didn’t bother me though and I like the way the finished collage looks.
The program is extremely versatile.  In making your collages you can adjust the collage size, the size and number of photos used, the spacing between photos and much more.  Before using the program I recommend viewing the video demonstration at the Shape Collage website.  I should also let you know that collages created using the free version of the software will have a watermark, but I found that it is very subtle and it did not bother me at all.  A personal-use version of the program can be purchased for $25.  The files created from that version can also be saved as PNG or PSD files with each photo being its own layer giving even more flexibility for your creations.  Also, images created in the personal-use version of the software will not have a watermark.
The program does take some getting used to.  There are so many customizable options that it can take some time to figure out what each option does and how it affects the finished collage.  It is an easy program to learn though, and once you get the hang of it it is a lot of fun to use.  Truly, the possibilities for creativity are endless and I know I will use this program again for future projects.
I hope I’ve inspired you to give this program a try.  If you create something with Shape Collage, please post a link to it here in the comments.  I would love to see what you’ve created!

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