Monday, 7 November 2011

Montage Magic Tip: Favourite Photos Mosaic

Photo Mosaics can look great printed & framed and make ideal gifts!
There are various layouts available with Montage Magic.  In this tip, we're going to use an iPad to create a mosaic with almost 200 photos.  Before you start, you may want to create a large favourites album in your PC or Mac application of choice (say 200 - 400 photos), then sync this album with your iPad using iTunes.

Create a new collage and choose a Photo Mosaic theme (it doesn't matter which)

Tap on Settings, and select the Layouts menu.  Choose the Mosaic (13 Rows) layout - this layout isn't used by any of the themes.  Or you can choose a different one if you want less photos.

Tap on the Lucky Dip button (star icon).  Select your favourites album and make sure the Amount setting is Auto.  Tap on Done and the import will begin.  If you don't want a random selection & order, then tap on the Camera button instead and select your photos manually.

Wait until the import is complete - Montage Magic runs quicker on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S because of the second processor!

Tap on the Edit button and then select a row of photos (or a different region) where you want to place some text.  I'm going to remove the middle row.  Tap on Delete and confirm.

Add some text - I've chosen a quote from Imogen Cunningham. 
And that's it.  If you have an AirPrint printer then you can simply Print in A4/Letter size by tapping on the Action button.  If you don't have an AirPrint printer, then simply Export the collage as a photo (you can specify a high resolution in Settings).  Now transfer the photo or email to your PC or Mac and print from there.

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