Picasa Preview Collage {Tried it Tuesday}



About a year ago, when I first started creating products, I tried making the preview collages in Picasa like I had seen online...but I couldn't figure it out.  So I resorted to creating the preview in Powerpoint with the jpegs.  


I knew there had to be a better way, so I gave Picasa a shot again last weekend.  I don't know what was wrong with me a year ago, because this was a piece of cake and took less than a minute to make the collage!

Be forewarned that everything I am going to say is in relation to a Mac...it may be different on a PC, not sure.  I don't actually use Picasa for my pictures, so first I had to download the program.  You can do that here.  The program automatically imported all my pictures after it was installed.

Now, I use iPhoto for my photos, so I'm not exactly sure how it organized those since I don't have them in folders, but it put all my folders of graphics in just like I have them on my computer.



First, you need to save all of your Powerpoint slides as JPEG's.  Do this by choosing file, save as, and choose JPEG.  A new folder will be created with the pictures inside.


Every time I create a folder of images, it is automatically imported into Picasa.


Select the folder of images you need a collage for and choose create collage.


It does this in seconds!  You can change the background color over to the left.


Double tap any of the images to adjust the size, remove them, move them to the back or front, etc.  You can also reshuffle down at the bottom in the middle.


If you need to add more pictures from another folder, you can do so after by choosing get more.


When you are satisfied, you need to create the collage.


I think it saves it in Picasa, but I have been choosing file, save as, and saving the image in the folder with the product itself so I have it to upload to TpT.


All done!  Super easy!

12 comments

  1. WOW!!!!! Thank you!! I am new to this whole crazy blogging, creating, selling biz and I too did it the hard way! I knew there HAD to be an easier way! And thank you because I too have a Mac so I won't have to figure this out for me!

    Chelsea
    Kickin It Whole Brain In Texas

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  2. Me too, me too. This is revolutionary. I have spent way too much time fiddling with powerpoint previews. I am definitely going to try this! Thank you :)

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! That's awesome!
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  4. You made this look soooo easy! I want to try!! I have a PC, but you explained it so clearly, it can't be much different can it?? What a time saver! I'll have to keep you posted Jessica! Thanks-saving to my favorites!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  5. Wow.. great explanation! I have a PC, too, but dang--I gotta try this! I use powerpoint to create everything but this looks much easier! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Mandy
    The 4th Grade Journey

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  6. PINNED!! Thank you!!! I have a Mac too and spend F.O.R.E.V.E.R. resizing each JPEG to make a preview in PPT. You're the best!!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  7. Thank you! I have been meaning to look into this for ages. Downloading now. And I love that this is a Mac tutorial. I love my Mac but I find a lot of tutorials are for PC's so this is extra great for me :)

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  8. What a great tutorial...now all I need is a MAC!
    Veronica
    Teaching with Giggles

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  9. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm a PC gal and it still worked for me.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

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  10. Shut the front door - I didn't know you could change the background color! I have been using Picasa and thought it had to be white! Thank you!

    ~Kourtney

    kourtneypayton83@gmail.com

    Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners

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  11. Oh. My. Word. Wasn't even aware there WAS an alternative to making them in PowerPoint. Where have you been all my life. (or at least the last 7 months). :)
    Mrs. Thomas' Teachable Moments

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