When two geeks get together and have a baby, they tend to create geek baby projects. We took at least one digital photo of our little girl every day for the first 365 days of her life. At the end of all that, we wanted to create a poster photo collage.
The problem we found were that none of the clear options seemed that great. Most of the major photo sites, such as Snapfish, let you create a “poster collage,” but you’re limited to 8-12 photos. You can download photo collage software, but you have to pay for it if you don’t want a big ol’ watermark on your finished product. Photoshop and Fireworks would take way more effort than we had the energy for. (Hello, we’re chasing around a 1-year-old!)
Then we got smart and combined products. Picasa desktop has a great collage option to make a sharp collage in moments. I wish you could tweak things a bit more, since it crops photos to get them to fit. I’d like the ability to drag the photo around within its placement, so it crops what I want cropped. But overall, it works really well. We set the dimensions to the poster size we were going to order, and with the press of a button, voila! beautiful collage.
Then we uploaded the collage to Snapfish and uploaded the one image to a poster. We didn’t use the collage feature; we just used the Picasa collage as one image on the poster. The final result is pretty cool, and will make a great gift for the grandparents.