6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2013 10:44 AM by Yrzmyrz

    Size of Collage in PSE 11


      Hi experts,


      I would like to move from Corel Paint Shop Pro to Photo Shop Elements for many reasons. Having played around some days (still within the trial period), I really love the possibilities and handling of PSE. The only point that is keeping me from buying is currently the handling of collages.


      What I am looking for is a set of "templates/layouts/themes" (whatever you like to name it) for collages, where I can just drag-and-drop photos on, and I have a 16:9 format collage.


      Using the the Create function for Collages, I only get the A4 and square format (german installation). The layouts coming with it are not necessarily the style I would like to use.


      Meanwhile, I learned how to deal with layers to add more picture frames and to place them in the way I like (btw, not possible in Corel, the templates are fix). Great. I didn't find a way to add those to the layouts offered but am kind of okay to store them as PSE files in my own template folder and to select later from there.


      However, I didn't find a way to change the size of the collages respectively the width/height ratio to 16:9.


      Edit: Yes, I know, that I could build all that from scratch and would even learn a lot this way, but would prefer an easier/faster way.


      Thanks a lot in advance!


      P.S.: Is there a way to change the language of an installed version? Could be easier for me to follow your answers if I was able to switch my PSE to English...

        • 1. Re: Size of Collage in PSE 11
          99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It is possible to make a collage manually and its quite easy.

          Click File >> Open and select all of your photos

          That will add them to the project bin

          Then select File >> New >> Blank File

          Select background color White (or whatever you prefer) and add your width and height for your final image (set resolution 72 for web usage or 240 to 300 for printing) then click OK

          In the photo bin click your first photo and drag it into the main window on top of your new background.

          Click on the move tool and click in the center of the photo and drag to arrange it where you want on the background - you can hold down the shift key to maintain original proportions whilst dragging the corner handles of the bounding box to get the size you want.

          Do the same with the next photo (drag it up into the main window) and use the move tool to position it. Then continue with each image.

          Finally Click Layer >>Flatten image and save as jpeg. (Save as PSD if you want to preserve the layers for editing again)



          N.B. as you add images they get dropped in the center. So you need to use the move tool to drag them apart. Click in the middle of one and move it around, and then the others until you get them positioned as you want.

          • 2. Re: Size of Collage in PSE 11
            Yrzmyrz Level 1

            Thanks, 99jon for that amazingly fast reply.


            But doesn't that just create one new collage? And not something reusable where I just drag and drop my photos in? That's what I really love with the supplied templates: something you can use as-is in a few minutes, but also have the chance to modify. 

            • 3. Re: Size of Collage in PSE 11
              Barbara B. Level 7

              If you save the original file and then do a save as each time you use it, it will function like a template, although not accessible through Create.

              • 4. Re: Size of Collage in PSE 11
                99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Save as PSD and that will preserve the layers. You can also turn on rulers and drag out guides so that photos snap into place.

                • 5. Re: Size of Collage in PSE 11
                  Yrzmyrz Level 1

                  Thanks again,


                  I'll try tomorrow and let you know!

                  • 6. Re: Size of Collage in PSE 11
                    Yrzmyrz Level 1



                    I tried and it was really easy to get the size, background, pictures and layer styles as I wanted them.


                    But I didn't find a way to make it a kind of template: fixed size/positions, and new photos can be dropped in. Comparing the originally supplied collage with mine, I see one difference. Right clicking on a layer I can select to duplicate it. My one created says "duplicate layer" the original says "duplicate frame layer".


                    So, how to create a frame layer? Or something that behaves comparably. I think I am quite close to where I want, but stuck again.


                    Thanks again so much for your help!