Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Montage Magic Tip: Screenshots and How-To Collages

This tip looks at the possibility of combining screenshots from your iPhone (or iPad and iPod Touch) with text and arrows to create a How-To image.  Screenshots are great for adding all sorts of content such as maps, showing off how well you did in a game, or a maybe a frame grab from YouTube.

If you don't know how to take a screenshot, it's easy - simply hold the Home button and then press the Sleep/Wake button as shown above (this image was made with Montage Magic!).  Don't hold the Home button for too long or you'll activate Voice Control or Siri!  Your screenshots are available in the Camera Roll photo album.

Open Montage Magic and create a new collage from the theme picker.  You may find it useful to keep your screenshots straight and equal size - it's a lot easier if you switch on Snap to Grid.  Tap on the Settings button and choose the Layout Settings.

Import your screenshots by tapping on the Camera button, Choose Existing, and then select the Camera Roll album.  Reposition and resize your screenshots as shown above.

Now it's time to add some arrows - tap on the Arrow button, choose a colour and line shape and then select the arrow you want to add.

Resize and reposition your arrows as shown above.

Finally, I'm going to add some text.  This particular example shows how to re-enable Location Services for Montage Magic in case you see an error message when trying to add photos from your library.

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