Macworld Masterclass: Create a collage with your iPhone photos using Photogene

Macworld Masterclass: Create a collage with your iPhone photos using Photogene

All you need is Photogene and some creativity

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  • Intro 1
  • Step 1: Make a start 2
  • Step 2: Choose images 3
  • Step 3: Which template? 4
  • Step 4: Outline adjustments 5
  • Step 5: Final touches 6
  • Step 6: Show it off 7
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Step 1 of 7: Intro

As promised, we’re back with the second part of our look at Photogene. Last month, we showed you how to use the app to create impressive photos with your iPhone, using filters, adjustments, retouches, added text and other enhancements. 

Here we’re going to show you how to create a collage out of those photographs using Photogene. (We told you there were lots of features in the app!) You can then share your work via social networking sites, print it in high resolution, add it to Dropbox, open it in another app, get it professionally printed on to a magnet or postcard, and more. 

Vital Info

Device: iPhone
Difficulty: Beginner 
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.2 or later
Photogene app (69p)

 

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Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Make a start

To begin, choose which album the photos you’d like to turn into a collage are located in. You’ll see your pictures in a scrollable list. You can make the thumbnails bigger or smaller by tapping the icon in the middle of the toolbar at the bottom. Tap the Collage button to start creating your masterpiece.

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Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Choose images

Next, simply tap on the images you’d like to incorporate into your final masterpiece; a tick will appear on each thumbnail. You can have up to six photos in a collage. Once you’ve selected your images, tap the Collage button again. You’ll now see an automatically arranged collage of all your photos. 

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Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Which template?

Select the template you want to use from the options along the bottom. You can change this at any time, and also buy more templates for 69p from within the app. The Collage Maker set includes nine new templates for each collage size. To rearrange your images, tap and hold, then drag and drop into the new position. 

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Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Outline adjustments

Select the template you want to use from the options along the bottom. You can change this at any time, and also buy more templates for 69p from within the app. The Collage Maker set includes nine new templates for each collage size. To rearrange your images, tap and hold, then drag and drop into the new position. 

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Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Final touches

You can change the dimensions of the collage and add an inner shadow to each frame by tapping on the colour circles as you did with the outline in Step 4. To add a text bubble, tap and drag one of the bubble options. Now you can share your creation with friends. Tap Export to open the Sharing Options menu.

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Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Show it off

You can choose the size of your image. IPTC is the metadata attached to your photo, which you can preserve. You can save to your library, social networking sites, email, Dropbox, and more. There’s also an option to order a print of your collage from Tap2print, and you can get postcards or fridge magnets, too.

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