Saturday, November 28, 2009

EM Free Photo Collage Software Review

I recently tried out the E.M. Free Photo Collage Software which is a freeware program designed with scrapbookers in mind. In this article I review the features of this scrapbooking software program and show you how easy it is to use this software to create an interesting scrapbooking page at zero cost.

EM Free Photo Collage showing interface

E.M. Free Photo Collage is a freeware digital scrapbooking program for making photo collages and digital scrapbooks.

The interface is easy to use and largely intuitive.

The program comes with a variety of backgrounds, frames and ready to use templates. Photos are added by double clicking or the drag and drop method. You can change the frame, the background or the effect with just a few clicks. Photos can be rotated or resized quickly and easily.

Collages can be saved as templates, wallpaper, projects or images. The program supports popular image formats such as .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tiff.

Likes: Ease of use. Most operations require only a few clicks to complete. Transparency feature to vary the opacity.

Dislikes: The lack of rulers to align images. The software comes with a meagre choice of templates and some of these are too kitsch to be useful. Fortunately you can make your own templates easily enough. The forum for this program is not utilized much so support is likely to be an issue although email support is offered.

Examples of ready made templates

How to Create a Scrapbooking Page Using EM Free Photo Collage
I created the following page in about 5 minutes after downloading this program and installing it on my computer. Here is a walkthrough of the steps to take to recreate this simple digital scrapbook layout:


  1. Choose new project
  2. Create a blank project
  3. Choose canvas and select a solid background color
  4. Select your background photo by double clicking on your image
  5. Resize the image to match the canvas size
  6. Adjust the opacity by sliding the transparency to around 115
  7. Add next photo. A new layer will be created
  8. Select the image and right click to choose select frame
  9. Choose the plant folder and frame number 2
  10. Position your photo in the bottom left corner
  11. Add the next photo resizing it to fit in the bottom right corner
  12. Set the frame by right clicking and choosing number 1 from the plant folder
  13. Repeat for the next photo placing it in the top left corner
  14. Add text if desired by clicking the text icon and choosing font, color and size
  15. Use Preview to check your layout
  16. Save your project
  17. To share save your layout as a .jpg file


Summary
E.M. Free Photo Collage has some powerful features and a user-friendly interface. The program makes it straightforward to create your own template which is likely to be necessary as there are not many useable ready to use templates. All in all though E.M. Free Photo Collage is an easy to use digital scrapbooking program which is ideal for beginners and intermediate digital scrapbookers.

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