Create Collage

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The Collage feature allows you to place more than one image into a large workspace. This becomes necessary, if you want to print several images at once onto a single sheet of paper. For more sophisticated DTP work however, you should use the CodedColor Publisher instead.


Each Layer of the collage contains exactly one image - also called layer image. Layers can be reordered, i.e. any image of the collage can be moved in front of another one. Layers can be added or deleted, and a layer image can be replaced by another image. Shadows and watermarks can be added to the images. Floating text elements however can only be added in the CodedColor Publisher.


How to create a new collage:


1.Select a number of images in the CodedColor Explorer.
2.Click on Create Collage in the right mouse context menu.
3.In the dialog, select Height, Width and the number of Rows and Columns.
4.Select an Antialias Filter to smoothen the images when they are downsized in the collage.
5.After pressing OK, CodedColor creates a collage with the selected images. Each image has it's own layer, which you can move or resize using the mouse.
6.Select individual image layers and use the right mouse menu to define effects like Shadow or Watermark.
7.Click on Merge Layers, in order to normalize the collage into a single image.
8.Save the collage as an image (for instance JPEG), in order to print or mail it.





Collage dialog with 3 selected images

Collage after realigning the images




You can move selected Images using the mouse. You can change the size of an image by dragging the right or lower border of the image. Images can be moved in front or behind other images with the context menu of the right mouse button.


Click on the Open symbol of an image, in order to load an image into a new layer or to replace an existing image.



Use the context menu of the right mouse button for additional options. You can Delete or Rotate images, and add Watermarks or Shadows. You can also copy an image into the Clipboard.


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The Aspect Ratio is automatically preserved when manually resizing an image in the collage.


Images of a collage are always downsized automatically, in oder to save resources. The Antialias Filter of the collage dialog is used to smoothen the edges when resampling the image. Whenever you manually change the size of an image in the collage, the original image is temporarily loaded and resampled. All previous changes to the layer image, like shadow, watermark or SmartFix, are lost and must be repeated. You should therefor always add all images and resize them first, before you add any effects.


Press Ctrl+V to paste an image from the Clipboard into a new layer. If you already selected an existing layer, the contained image is replaced. Images with only a single layer, i.e. after opening an image in the editor, are switched to the layer mode after inserting another image from the clipboard (layer 1 = base image, layer 2 = pasted image).


By Doubleclick on a layer image, you can replace the image with another one from your drive.


When you finally merge all layers, you can no longer select or change the layer images. Only through an Undo command, you can return to the layer mode. Once the collage is merged, you have a normal image which you could edit more and then save as a JPEG.






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