How to Make a Photo Collage Using Windows

By Kathryn Hatter

With the popularity of digital photography, one obvious trend is using computer software to edit digital photographs and to create scrapbook pages and photo collages. Use Microsoft Publisher for Windows to make a photo collage to display photos. Quickly and easily make an attractive collage by choosing a simple or patterned background and then adding the photos desired. After making the collage, save it and print it at home or at a print shop.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Publisher software program
  • Digital photographs
  • Printer
  • Flash drive

Step 1

Open Microsoft Publisher and select "New File." Select "Blank Page Sizes" and choose the page size and layout desired by double-clicking on the option desired.

Step 2

Choose a background by clicking the "Format" tab at the top and then selecting "Background" from the drop-down menu. Click on the desired background from the available backgrounds that appear on the left sidebar.

Step 3

Add pictures to the background by clicking the "Insert" tab at the top and then selecting "Picture." Select "From File" to locate the desired photo on your hard drive.

Step 4

Resize photographs by right-clicking on the photo. Select "Format Picture" and then select the "Size" tab at the top of the window. Click on the arrows to make the photo larger or smaller as desired.

Step 5

Add more photos and move them around the background to place them in the desired positions. Adjust the angle of each photo by selecting each photo and then clicking the "Free Rotate" button along the top of the workspace. Hover over a corner to change the angle of each photo.

Step 6

Change the layering of the photos by selecting a photo and then clicking the drop-down menu next to the "Bring Forward" button along the top of the workspace. Choose to bring a photo to the top, the bottom or layered under other photos.

Step 7

Add as many photos as desired and arrange them how you want on the background until the photo collage looks the way you want.

Step 8

Place text captions or a text box onto the background. Click the "Insert" tab and then click "Text Box." Position the text box in the desired place within the collage and then select the desired font, the size of the font and the color of the font. Enter the text.

Step 9

Click the "View" tab at the top of the work area and then click "Boundaries and Guides" to remove the selection lines around the photos and text boxes.

Step 10

Save the collage by clicking the "File" tab and then clicking "Save As." Name your collage and save it in the desired location on your hard drive.

Step 11

Print the collage on a color printer connected to your computer or transfer the file to a flash drive for professional printing.

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