How to Make Picture Collage Wallpaper

By Tamara Warta

In today's digital age, it seems as if everyone uses a computer for work, school or personal recreation. Whatever the reason, many people have a computer they call their own, and just as many are looking for ways to personalize it into a virtual haven of their own. Creating picture collage wallpaper for your desktop or as a screensaver is a great way to do so. You can also send your finished product to friends and family members. Learning how to make picture collage wallpaper can give you a great look for your computer's desktop background, personalizing it and making it truly yours. With these step-by-step instructions, you can make wallpaper for yourself and your friends.

Things You'll Need

  • PhotographsPhoto editing software Printer (optional)

Step 1

Gather the photographs you would like to put in the collage. You may use personal photographs, or you might prefer to find images online. If you choose to use other people's photos, ensure they are not rights restricted. If you're using your own photo prints instead of digital files, scan them into your computer either at home (if you have a scanner) or using one at a local print shop.

Step 2

Decide what you would like your collage to represent. Sometimes they are made out of personal photographs of friends and family, but you can also use images of objects, artwork or places to make a collage that represents your dreams and goals. Be as creative as you choose to be, as it is your own personal expression to enjoy. After you have chosen your images, use a simple photo editing program to adjust your photos, eliminating red-eye, balancing color or adding effects such as black and white filters or softened edges. Paint.net is a great free photo editing program you can download if you do not have editing software already installed on your computer.

Step 3

Arrange the photos how you would like them to appear in the collage. It may be a simple tiling of snapshots of loved ones, or you can arrange them into a more complicated collage using your editing software's layering and blurring capabilities. The sky's the limit when it comes to how you arrange your collage, so play around and see what works best for you.

Step 4

Save the collage, once you're happy with it. In a program like Paint.net, simply click "Save" under the "File" tab. Save it to your desktop or your default picture folder so you can find it easily. Reopen the image from its new location. If you are using a PC, right-click on the saved image and select "Set as desktop wallpaper." This will automatically change your desktop background into your collage photo, and you're done.On a Mac, open an image in your browser and drag it to your desktop. Hold down the "Control" key, and click on an empty spot on your desktop. Choose the option of "Change desktop background" and you will be able to select your collage photo.

Step 5

Share your collage with others, by emailing it. Make sure it is saved as a .jpeg or .gif file, which is a file type almost anyone can open. You can also upload your collage file to a picture sharing website such as TinyPic.com or Photobucket.com. Then, you can email them a link to your creation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose photos that are around the same size dimensions.Look for images that either complement or contrast each other.Play around with different editing programs to discover what you can create.
  • Do not use images that are copyright protected, unless you have purchased the rights.Check with others if you are going to publish images of them somewhere on the Internet. Not everyone wants to be in cyberspace. Scan all photos found on the Internet for viruses before saving them to your hard drive.

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