Wednesday, July 30, 2008

DIY Collage for Kids Party Fun Decorations

Decorations add color and excitement. A little creativity goes a long way and you don't have to spend tons of money.

One of the easiest ways to decorate for a party is to purchase "partyware sets", consisting of matching table cloths, plates, cups, and napkins, that convey the theme.

And what's more?
Something creative DIY by kids themselves and let them enjoy the party decorations will make more fun.

Here's a short guide to take you through some easy steps to get started on beautiful party decorations collages with Wondershare Photo Collage Studio.

Getting Started

Now we suspect that you have successfully installed Photo Collage Studio, let’s get started! When you first start the program, a window will appear with creating a new collage. Here you choose built-in collage templates to add your pictures into designs. You can always to start with a completely blank canvas – the ultimate to express your creativity.

Once you click one of them, you’re ready to go. Let’s walk though creating a collage! Notice that at the top of the screen, there are 5 main buttons. Add Photo lets you select your favorite digital photos to your creating collage. Edit Photo lets you retouch your imported photos (add photo frames, masks, or special effects). Decorate Collage lets you add text, clipart and stamp, even draw your own illustration to perfect the collage. Save Collage lets you publish the collage in jpg, png, gif, bmp and tiff common picture formats. Also you can directly make it as your wallpaper. Print Collage lets you print you final projects at various sizes across multiple pages.

1. Adding Photo

If you select “Create From Template”, “Select Template” window including 200+ various collage templates for love, wedding, baby, holiday and any other occasions will pop up to let you choose your favorite to continue creating. Double click or drag the photo from the left list box to the frame of template and adjust the size of photos in the frame to the best effect by using the editing toolbar upper of the selected photo.

2. Edit Photo

In addition to the editing we’ve already discussed (moving, resizing ,rotating and cropping), the program contains three tabs that contain fun image modifying features: Frames, Mask and Effect. Included in the program is a collection of frame borders and mask effects sorted into various categories. Simply select the effect you want for any photo that you feel needs to be spiced up. And drag, drop and go.

3. Decorate Collage

There are four tabs offered for your decorating collage. Use Text to add descriptive caption to your collage. You can customize the color, size, font and even add halation to your text. Hundreds of cliparts and stamps in different types give you more space to perfect the collage. Simple drag and drop to anywhere you like.

Doodle is a mini tool that lets you customize personalized pieces. You can create transparent drawings that can be added as clip art or images to your collage. To draw, select the Pencil tool and click and drag on the workspace. You can control the color of the paint as well as the color of the background. To erase any part of your painting, click the Eraser tool and then click and drag over the area.

4. Save Collage

Ok, you're pretty much done. Remember to save your work in the appropriate image format, such as .JPEG, .JPG, BMP, etc. On the other hand, you can set your masterpiece as wallpaper, or email it to friends.

5. Print Collage

Printing images is a snap. The preview that you see is exactly how the page will print. Here’re the essential details:

Setting the Print Orientation: Click the desired orientation button. You can print in either portrait or landscape format.
Select Page: Check the collages that you want to print later.
Printing Multiple Copies: Type in the number of copies you want printed Choosing the Print Layout: You can print your selected collages on one page, or across several pages. Pick the format you want by clicking on the corresponding thumbnail pictures.

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