Photo Collage Using PowerPoint

Let’s display all those fabulous Instagram pics we have on our phones!

I came across this awesome pin on Pinterest and immediately pinned it.  But then I was a little disappointed when I saw that it required Photoshop.  I went to work trying to figure out how I could make it since I don’t have Photoshop.
At first I thought I would just print out all of my favorite pictures and cut them to size but then I found that I couldn’t cut them small enough.  Then I started playing around with PowerPoint and I was thrilled when the photo collage all came together.
All you need is Microsoft PowerPoint and your favorite photos!Here is how you can create your own photo collage using PowerPoint:
Step 1:  Open a new PowerPoint presentation and set your dimension.  I had an IKEA frame that I wasn’t using that measured 20 x 20 so I set my dimensions to 18 x 18.
Step 2:  Insert your first picture
Step 3:  Now we most likely need to make the pictures square.  I did use some Instagram pictures but most of them needed to be cropped so they were square.  To do this, click on crop and use the dimensions shown to crop your picture so it is a perfect square.
Step 4:  Decide the dimensions you want each picture to be.  This will depend on the size of your final image and the number of pictures you want to have in each row.  Since my collage would be 18 x 18, I figured 8 pictures in each row would be perfect.  I determined that each picture needed to be 2.25 x 2.25.
Step 5:  Just type in your dimensions and move the picture into place.
 Step 6:  Keep adding your pictures, crop them and move them where you want them.  Now to make sure they are evenly spaced, we want to distribute them horizontally.  This is found under Picture Tools.  Once you’ve inserted all your pictures, you can distribute them vertically also to make sure everything is lined up.

Step 7:  Now we need to add our 2011.  Start by inserting a rectangle.

Step 8:  Set the dimensions so they are the same as your pictures.  Change the color to what you want.

Step 8: Copy and paste 3 more squares. Insert four text boxes and add your numbers.
 Step 9: Align each shape with each text box so they are centered.
Step 10:  Align all four text boxes.
Step 11:  Admire you fabulous new art work!!
Photo Collage using PowerPoint
Step 12:  Have it printed, frame it, and hang it up for all to see.  I had mine printed as a poster at Kinkos for $19.99.It might seem like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t and I definitely think it was worth the time.

Just put in a good movie and work on your masterpiece.  I watched The Help while I made mine.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at harvey.karalee@gmail.com and I will help you out with any questions or problems you might have.

I hope you have fun making your Instagram photo collage and would love to hear from you if you make one using this tutorial.

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  1. What a great idea. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. I love this! I also use a program called Picasa it’s free by google. But I’m thinking this might be better ;)

  3. This is a great idea I can’t wait to try it, I do have paint shop pro so I might give it a whirl in that. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love PowerPoint! I’ve used it for all of my blog/twitter, etc pages! I love your project, it turned out beautifully. Nice tutorial…Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for sharing. This would make a great gift for my mom, who is challenge to buy for. I’m a new follower from blog hop. Hope you stop by for a visit and a follow back. Have a great day. http://mavesfaves.blogspot.com/

  7. Very Clever! I’m going to make one for my office wall. Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Thanks for taking the time to document all this – looks pretty amazing!

  9. i LOVE this! would be so neat to make with our family pics from this past year! thanks for linking it up last week!

  10. This is awesome and your instructions are great!

  11. I love this! Thank you so much for linking it up to my blog party!

  12. What a great idea! I love it! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    -Nikki
    Chef in Training
    http://www.chef-in-training.com

  13. LOVE IT!!! Thanks for posting such a wonderful tutorial. I think I might be able to do this without screwing it up.

  14. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing, Kara!!

  15. What a fun idea! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT week,
    Beth =-)

  16. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this great tutorial on Make Yourself Monday today! Please feel free to grab an ‘I’ve been featured’ button. :o) Have a great week!!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! Looking forward to seeing what inspirations you’ll share tomorrow!
    Warmest wishes,
    Jenn

  18. Kara, this is awesome! I’ve used PP for years and never used it for anything like that! How smart are you! Thanks for showing off at my place!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    PS Come back Wednesday and link up another project if you can!

  19. Great tutorial! You might also want to check out Picasa. It’s free and you can do a lot of collage type things on it as well. Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  20. I have done this with snapfish. It was really cool.
    ck

  21. Oh my! I am so excited about this post. I’m a huge PowerPoint user/fan and love to manipulate it to create inspiration boards that I turn into jpgs!

    … would you share at our multi-blog “Imagine the Impossibilities” link party? I think everyone would really enjoy it as much as I …

    Here’s the link: http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/2012/01/imagine-impossibilities-2012-link-party.html

    We stay live until Friday midnight (CST). Hope to see you at the party!

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

  22. WOW! i just wanted to say THANKS! I too saw the one that required photoshop and was bummed because i dont have it! Thank you so much for taking the time to include ALL the directions! I really cant tell you how glad i am i found this and how much i appreciate you including every detail!

  23. Wow great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing! Definitely pinning this – I would love to do a collage like this every year!
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