Have you wondered how to create your own collages – fabric palettes or inspiration boards? My fabric palettes are created from swatch pictures downloaded from the Pink Chalk Fabrics webshop. I have asked for their permission to use them in palettes shared online and you should find out the copyright status before making anything public. Now, on to the how-to part!
I use PicMonkey collages because they are very easy to use, from uploading pictures to editing the collage to downloading my creation. If I have a picture I want to edit somehow, crop for instance, I can do that in another part of the website; very nifty. The start page looks like this:
PicMonkey start page
When you click on Collage, a drop-down menu will open. At that point, to reach the Collage part of the website, you need to upload at least one picture. Let’s do that!
The red arrow shows the picture you just uploaded and the rest of them will appear in the same column. The orange arrow points to the basic collage offered, consisting of three pictures. You can change this amount and layout in the Layout section (left-hand column, second button from top).
When making my fabric palettes I use “Square Deal” and the 4×4 layout to create a sixteen-picture collage.
Square Deal layout
Let’s use four pictures now:
Square Deal with four pictures
Click on Images (left-hand column, uppermost button) to go back to the first section. Drag the fabric from the side column to the collage, hover above an empty square and drop the picture into it.
Upload the rest of your pictures (“Open photos”), if you didn’t batch upload at first (select all pictures you want to include and upload). Drag them into the collage one by one. In the image overview on the left, you’ll see small check symbols appear once an image has been successfully added to the collage; handy when there are many more images to include. Keep reading to learn how to fix this oops:
How to fix an oops – Do NOT click on the X in the white square!
If you happen to drop a picture outside of an empty square, you’ll create a new square (technically a rectangle). You might not want this, so you need to grab the light-green fabric and drag it into the empty square. (If you hover above the empty square and click the X up in the corner, where the arrow is pointing, you will remove this square and the floral fabric will extend all the way down to fill the space, so don’t click on the X unless that is what you want to create.) This is what it will look like once you’ve moved the light-green fabric:
How to fix an oops – Now you can click on the X
Now click the X of the empty rectangle where the light-green fabric used to be, to remove that cell. The middle-green fabric will expand back to a square; problem fixed.
You might want to shuffle images around. Grab one square, drag it above another and drop it. The two images will switch places.
If you want to enlarge an image, hover above it and click Edit:
Enlarge and rotate an image
Once you’re satisfied with your masterpiece, click Save:
I’m done and want to save!
A new window will open and you can choose a name and size for the file you download to your computer. The suggested name is “PicMonkey Collage” but if you make several, you will want to change it somehow to make it unique. Here’s my collage created in this tutorial:
You might have noticed that I add text to my fabric palettes. That’s another tutorial, because you can use PicMonkey to add overlays to an image and I’ll walk you through adding text in Edits next time.
Please ask questions in the comments, if there’s something you have troubles with and I’ll do my best to help you!