So, if you know me, you know that I love collages.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that a collage of collages really excites me!  I used PicMonkey‘s free service for these.  This is just a nice way to fit a bunch of pictures of family on one wall and not have to buy special collage frames – you can buy whatever frames you want and you aren’t limited in what you do, how many pictures, etc.  It’s really easy – the trickiest part is getting the pixel size just right for whatever frame you are using.  If the size is wrong, you could end up with someone’s head getting cropped off, which is not ideal.  I saved mine as 3300 x 4200 pixels when I did them but I’ve noticed that PicMonkey doesn’t let you go over 3400 pixels now so I’ve read that 2200 x 2800 pixels will also work for 11×14.  You just click on the create collage button and select the type of collage you want, upload your pictures, and play away.  I’m not going to go into those details here b/c I’m sure PicMonkey has better tutorials than any I could do.  Here’s the recommended pixel sizes from the blog site that I found:

3×5 inches:  1500 x 2500 pixels
4×6 inches:  1600 x 2400 pixels
5×7 inches: 1500 x 2100 pixels
8×8  inches: 2000 x 2000 pixels
8×10 inches:  2000 x 2500 pixels
8.5×11 inches:  1700 x 2200 pixels
9×16 inches: 3200 x 1800 pixels
11×14 inches:  2200 x 2800 pixels
11×17 inches:  2200 x 3400pixels


I got these sizes from the Perfectly Rooted Blog.  She has some good suggestions about how to create artwork in PicMonkey which I haven’t done yet.  I’ve only used Picasa for that and PicMonkey for collages.  I love all these free tools though – one day!!!



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