2 photos on 1 print
Written by Laurie Pecotte – our Digital Project Life Director.
In the Project Life® system, the 4×6 pockets are designed for 4×6 photos and the 3×4 pockets are designed for the 3×4 PL cards where you write your journaling notes (or flip the card over for a filler design). This is the original intent … but, of course, there are no rules. We know that many Project Lifers love to add 3×4 photos to get even more pictures on a page once in a while – and that’s great!
Have you seen Project Life layouts using 3×4 photos – or even scanned art – and wondered how you could do the same thing? We have rounded up 5 popular photo-editing tools that will help you create a 4×6 collage of two 3×4 photos. From smart phone apps, to an online tool, to downloadable software, we have a these suggestions for you – and a corresponding PDF tutorial for each.
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Smart phones have made it easier for us to capture those everyday memories at a moment’s notice. There are many apps available that allow you to combine photos into one collage. PicFrame is a great collage app and it is available for both Apple and Android users. PicFrame can be found here for Apple devices. PicFrame can be found here for Android devices. Click here to download the PDF tutorial on how to create a 4×6 collage with 2 3×4 photos using PicFrame.
Picasa is a free organizing and editing program available from Google for Windows and Mac users. You can learn more about this program and download it here.
Picasa’s program makes it really easy to create collages from selected photos. Download the PDF tutorial for how to create a 4×6 collage with 2 3×4 photos here.
PicMonkey is an online photo-editing tool. You don’t need to download or install any software. You create your collage entirely online and then download the final product. Click here to download the PDF tutorial on how to create a 4×6 collage with 2 3×4 photos with PicMonkey.
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great program for editing photos. If you are interested in starting to scrapbook digitally, this is our program of choice. You can download a free 30-day trial here.
Photoshop Elements has a great tool called a clipping mask. Clipping masks allow your pictures (or papers) to take a specific shape and size. You can download the PDF tutorial on how to use clipping masks to create a 4×6 collage here. You will also need to download the free 4×6 PSD template from Digital Project Life here to create your collage.
Adobe Photoshop (full version)
Full-version Photoshop has a great tool called the Contact Sheet II. You can use this tool to have Photoshop automatically create collages using the pictures you choose. You can download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop here. You can download the PDF tutorial on how to use the Contact Sheet II tool to create a 4×6 collage with 2-3×4 photos here.
Once you complete the tutorial with the program of your choice, all you need to do is print your photo (or upload it to a commercial printer), cut your 4×6 photo in half, round the corners (if desired), and slip them into your Project Life® Photo Pocket Pages. This is an easy and great way to add a little variety to your pages, and it is a great way to showcase extra photos on a layout.