CollageIt3 Review


CollageIt3 Pro Review - DoyleDispatch.com

 

I recently was given an app through Tomoson.com to use and review: CollageIt3 Pro (http://appstore.com/mac/collageit3pro). There is a free version that is easy to download, and then you can upgrade it to the full version (normally $29.90, but currently on sale for $9.99).

Here is the description from the creator:

CollageIt 3 Pro (Normally $29.90, now $9.99 on App Store after 70% off) is an easy-to-use and automatic app that helps you create eye-catching photo collages on Mac OS X. The free version of CollageIt 3 is a TOP 5 Photography app on App Store. It’s the latest version that retains all advantageous features of CollageIt Pro and adds many new features as well.

Key features include:

  • 45+ new templates and 4 collage styles: Mosaic, Grid, Center and Pile.
  • Simply add photos using “Random Layout” to generate layout automatically.
  • Use “Free Mode” to move, resize, rotate each photo.
  • Free to zoom in on collage, crop photo, adjust border of round corners, customize backgrounds, photo effects, etc.
  • Add text and edit its font, size, color, alignment, effects, etc.
  • Edit and preview collage with full-screen mode.
  • Save as image/PDF; set as wallpaper; share via Email or Facebook; print it out instantly.

CollageIt3 Pro Review - DoyleDispatch.com

CollageIt3 Pro Review - DoyleDispatch.com


CollageIt3 Pro Review - DoyleDispatch.com

As I was playing around with the program, looking to see how I could use it, especially with the enormous amounts of pictures I take, I really enjoyed it. I can essentially do a photo dump and put all of the pictures that I want into one collage. How fun! I can totally picture taking my Instagram pictures and doing a collage of them each month, showing highlights of that month in pictures.

I really enjoyed how I could play around with backgrounds and layouts to have mosaics, grids, a center picture with others surrounding it, or a more casual approach with a pile look. You can play around with the spacing and the number of pictures you want to use, so it really was a lot of fun!

Then, I had an idea: I have all of my ultrasound pictures that I would love to put together to make it easier to display on the blog. Because we have two babies growing in there, we are getting lots of pictures each visit. I would love to only post one picture for each visit, but I would like for that one picture to actually be a collage of all of the images we get from that visit. So, instead of 6 pictures from my 14 week appointment, you would be able to see all 6 images, but it would be one file.

So, I got to playing. Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a snag. When you select your template in CollageIt, you are basically agreeing to the size of the picture that the program allows. Because I had done some pre-editing with taking out sensitive information and focusing on the babies (because ultrasounds are very hard for the non-pregnant-parents to read), my ultrasound pictures are actually different sizes. That means that Baby Boy was getting his forehead cut off in the picture during some templates. Baby Girl’s hand (which was the focus of one picture) wasn’t able to be seen! Oh no! Yes, I could do a little rearranging or choosing of a different template, but I didn’t have the total control that I wanted.

Overall, however, I really enjoy CollageIt3, but it is important to note that it does have its limitations. For complete control, it would be better to pick something else to use to make a collage of pictures. For the simple stylish photo-dump, on the other hand, you can control just enough to make it fun and personal. Don’t worry, I will definitely be using it soon to show off some pictures on the blog… just not with my ultrasounds.

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

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