FlourishAnyway loves to take photos and to use them creatively in her work and throughout her life.
Garden Scene Photo Collage
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Want to spice up a presentation or create a memorable on-line photo collage?
Perhaps you have several related photos that cannot stand on their own. Or maybe for space reasons you want to group together several photos. Think about using related action shots, garden scenes, food images, pictures of your travels, etc.
Why not try something creative? Assemble a photo collage in Power Point using the easy instructions below.
If I can do this, I know you can!
I am using PowerPoint 2007, but the technique can be easily adapted to later versions. I selected my own personal photographs so I wouldn't need to provide photo credits for multiple others, as that would be cumbersome.
Step 1: Determine which photos to use
Select and optimize several related photos to use (e.g., crop or color-correct them, if needed).
Step 2: Insert photos
From PowerPoint, start with a blank slide. On the PowerPoint toolbar, select "Insert," then "Picture." Navigate to each of the photos you want to add, and select "Open." Do this for each of the photos you are adding.
In this example, I have added four photos at this step:
Step 3: Standardize photo dimensions for collage
Make sure all photos are the same height and ensure that you have "lock aspect ratio" selected. Work with each photo as follows: Right click the photo, select "Size and Position," change the photo's height to 2 inches.
Step 4: Arrange
Select and drag each of the photos into a row to arrange them.
Photos are now sized and lined up:
Step 5: Add a background frame box (shape)
Add the background frame box as follows. From the toolbar, select "Insert," then "Shape." Choose your shape from the variety available. I chose a rounded-corner rectangle. Use your mouse to select the shape.
If your shape covers the photos (i.e., it is positioned on top of the photos), right click on it and select "Send to Back." This places it behind the photos. Right click on the shape to manually adjust its size and position over your photos.
Step 6: Make the background frame box look pretty
Adjust the look of the frame box as desired. Have fun and try different looks until you get something you like. You can adjust the line of the box, add texture, change the color of the frame background, and alter the gradient.
To do so, right click on the frame box, select the little paint can icon, then select "Color," "Gradient," "Texture," or "Line." Don't be afraid to experiment!
Before adjustments to the color and gradient of the frame box:
Adjusting gradient and color added sophistication
Step 7: Outline each individual photo
To outline each individual photo inside the "frame," select the individual photo by right clicking it. Then select "Format picture." Choose "line color=solid line" and "line style=.75."
If you have photos that overlap, you can right click on the photo and select "Send to Back." If you make a mistake, just select it again and select "Bring to Front."
Grouping multiple photos and the frame box as one image
Step 8: Save the photos as one "grouped" image.
This is a neat trick. To save the photos as one image instead of five (four photos plus the background image), do this: select each of the photos plus the frame box by selecting them while holding down the Control (Ctrl) button.
Then, right click and select "Group" then "Group." A box will appear around the items that you grouped. To be sure that you grouped all the items together, try to move it on the page to be sure that everything -- the photos and the frame box -- moved in unison.
Step 9: Save the image as a picture
Right click on the new grouped image and select "Save as picture."
Congratulations! You now have a collage of several different photos and a background.
Ahh. Sweet Success!
© 2013 FlourishAnyway
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2020:
Peggy - Thank you for stopping by!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2020:
There are other online photo collage making opportunities, and many of them are free to use. It is fun playing around with them to get different results. I have yet to try the PowerPoint.
It is getting harder to find articles of yours that allow comments. I hope they enable that capability soon. Enjoy your day today!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 02, 2020:
Peggy - Thank you! I appreciate your kind comment.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2020:
Your example is so pretty of what you accomplished using this photo collage implementation.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 07, 2016:
rajan - Thanks for taking a look at this. PowerPoint is such a powerful tool.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 06, 2016:
I have never used power point to create a photo collage so this is very useful. Thanks for sharing.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 02, 2016:
swalia - Glad to be able to help!
Shaloo Walia from India on February 02, 2016:
Thanks for the step by step instructions! This is a new skill for me.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 03, 2013:
ologsinquito - Thanks for visiting. I thought it would be difficult but it's not. If I can do it, I'm sure others can too! I appreciate the read and pin.
ologsinquito from USA on December 03, 2013:
The instructions look easy enough to follow. I'm pinning this one.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 28, 2013:
Anamika S - I'm glad you enjoyed this. It is a fun way to liven up presentations and other works with photos.
Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 27, 2013:
I didn't know that was possible. Love this... and I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 27, 2013:
DDE - Thank you for reading and commenting. Adding a collage in this manner can really make a presentation or other piece of work look very professional.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2013:
Awesome idea and looks very pretty your easy to follow step by step guide is very easily explained and to the point voted up!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 24, 2013:
Crafty - Glad to help. Photos really spice up presentations and other work, so I hope it helps a lot of people.
CraftytotheCore on September 24, 2013:
Thank you for sharing these ideas! I always wondered how people do that! :D
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 29, 2013:
Thanks for reading and commenting, Thelma! PowerPoint is an easy program to use.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 28, 2013:
Thanks for sharing this useful step by step instructions. I have not used this power point yet. I´ll try it one day. Have a great week!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2013:
agusfanani - Glad you found this useful. It's a beneficial alternatives to thumbnails and large photos in hubs.
agusfanani from Indonesia on June 24, 2013:
I can say this is a great idea how to make good use of power point to present pictures impressively. I'll try this technique and using it to make presentation more attractive to attend. Vote up and thanks for sharing this useful, awesome hub.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 08, 2013:
vespawoolf - Glad to be able to help you!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 08, 2013:
I didn't know how Hubbers make framed collages until reading your helpful instructions! I can definitely use this for food photos and I think it will make them even more appealing. Thank you!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 30, 2013:
So glad you found this helpful, Rajan! Thanks for the read, votes, and comments.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 30, 2013:
Very useful and in easy to understand language and relevant pictures. I always wondered how a photo collage was created. Bookmarked.
Voted up and useful.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 26, 2013:
Great, Nell Rose! I'm glad you enjoyed this and appreciate the vote and share. I hope it will come in handy to you and others.
Nell Rose from England on May 26, 2013:
This is great! And so helpful to someone like me who has no idea how to do this sort of thing, thanks for showing us in easy steps, voted up and shared!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2013:
@ Ceres - Thanks for the encouragement. I hope readers will find the instructions useful. Have a terrific weekend!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2013:
@tobusiness - Thank you for your read, comment and share. I hope you give it a try. Once you get the general technique down it is really quite easy and fun.
Ceres Schwarz on May 25, 2013:
This is a very helpful hub on how to create a photo collage in PowerPoint. It will be very useful for those wondering how to do this. Your images help to show readers exactly what they're supposed to do as well as show how the photo collage would turn out.
Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 25, 2013:
This looks great!...I would love to have a go at it. Thank you for sharing.
Voting up, useful and sharing.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 24, 2013:
Thanks for the read and kind comment, kidscrafts!
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on May 24, 2013:
Great step by step instructions, FlourishAnyway! And also great result! I love all your pictures of flowers and butterflies!
I used powerpoints a few times; now I am working more with videos.
Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy your weekend!