Early this week I was lamenting to a co-worker the need to edit, manage, sort, and organize yet another batch of holiday photos, and the need to share with family and friends. She gave a tip. Try this app. I did.
What’s In A Name?
What I wanted was a simple collage app that would make it easy to create a single file but with a bunch of photos to share with a few dozen family members; either online or via email.
My friend suggested I try out PicCollage. So I did a quick search and found that PicCollage is one of the more popular photo app names in the Mac App Store.
There’s a free version and a not so free version of PicCollage, but they have similar functionality. Drop in a bunch of photos and create a collage.
The holiday season means gifts, and that means a few iTunes Store gift cards (which work on the Mac App Store, too).
You gotta love those gift cards. Peel off the backing and hold the card in front of the Mac’s iSight camera to redeem.
Anyway, back to collages. There’s really nothing not to like about creating a photo collage in PicCollage.
The app comes with seven basic collage layout styles, each customizable. There’s Free, Grid, Focus, Classic, Stitch, Shape, and Irregular, as well as a whole library of preset templates.
Each template can be styled with a customized corner, margin, border, shadow or space, including background image and patterns.
It’s easy to setup and use, too. Click Templates from the Toolbar, select a specific collage template, customize colors, borders, patterns, etc., from the sidebar tools, drop in photos and you’re good to go.
Text can be added to make the collage just a bit more tacky with any font, shadows, strokes, and glow effects (90 text styles are included). What’s really neat about PicCollage compared to a few other collage apps I’ve trie don my Mac is the export– up to 10,000 by 10,000 pixels.
PicCollage is affordable, but the free version acts as a try-before-you-buy option.