Friday, November 9, 2012

CollageIt Software-Make Collages QUICKLY: Review & Giveaway- Ends 11/27


 
Ever have tons of photos that you’d love to put into a collage to share with friends and family on Facebook, via email, Flickr, or just set as your wallpaper, but don’t really have the skills or time to do it yourself?  Unless you own a product like Photoshop, you may be out of luck….until now.  I was given the opportunity to review CollageIt’s photo collage software recently and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  With my blog photos, as well as upcoming holiday family photos, I wanted a quick and easy way to get multiple photos in one collage without having to buy expensive software.  I even searched the internet for free collage sites and really couldn’t find anything (not sure why CollageIt didn’t come up in my search). 

I finally gave up and just started making my own photo collage template in Publisher in order to save as a JPEG.  If you know anything about Publisher, I’m sure you understand the time it took to set one template up and the limitations it has in being flexible for more or less photos.  The opportunity to review the CollageIt software came just after I painstakingly made my first template.  Now that I’ve made a template in CollageIt, I can truly see the difference between the two.

First, the CollageIt software is FREE for the basic version….Publisher is not free at all.  CollageIt takes your photos and makes a collage to the specifications you set instantly….no dinking around trying to get everything just so and manually dragging frames.  As you can see below, you just choose how many photos you want in the collage, set the size under page setup, and import your photos.  You can manually place them in the collage or let the software do it for you randomly and then move things around simply by dragging and dropping!  Voila…..you’re DONE!  Just export and you’ve got yourself a fully sharable and professional looking collage.  I did my first one in just under 30 seconds….and that’s on the first time I opened the program and included making my personal settings.

Here’s the one I did in Publisher that took me like 30 minutes.
  
Here’s the one from CollageIt that took me 30 SECONDS!

Some of the limitations of the free version:
  • Watermark on your collages (see bottom right)
  • Inability to crop photos or move within the frames
  • Size restrictions on how big your collage can be for export
  • Inability to change colors or size of grid lines
Several of these limitations are resolved by purchasing the PRO version of the software, but just be aware of them when you use the free version.  You can get a single-user personal license for the PRO version for just $19.90 and this includes a 30-day money back guarantee and free lifetime support.

Now, for the exciting part……CollageIt has offered 20 of my readers the PRO version at no cost and with free lifetime support!

Contest ends 11/27 at midnight EST and winner will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  Contest is open world-wide.  This contest is for a software download from the sponsor’s website, and only works with Windows and Mac OS.

If you do not complete the mandatory entry with the required information, I will remove all of your entries into the contest.  If you do not include required additional information, that entry will be discarded.  SWVA Saving Money does not tolerate cheaters and I don't have time to email each person who may have forgotten to include some required information.  Thank you to all who play by the rules and want to win fair and square.


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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.

26 comments:

Debi Fitzsimmons said...

I like the idea of the automatic self-made collage feature.

S C said...

I like that it has many templates and easy to use.

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Sherry

nichol said...

I like the many templates

Tiffany Revels said...

I like that you can custom posters.

Audrey said...

Love all the templates

Kelly R said...

I love the idea of the water mark on pictures...Thank you for sharing

Roxanne Doyle said...

I like how easy it makes it to share your collage anywhere.

Erinn Sluka said...

I like the poster ideas for parties, etc...Erinn A

Sabrina Ramirez said...

Cool. I think I may try the free version. Thanks.

Krystle Smith said...

Love that you can easily share them!

Tom Shewbridge said...

That you can easily watermark them!

The Educated Beauty said...

Love that you can make posters, albums, and scrapbooks.
-Scarlett Rose

Ashley S said...

I like the variety of templates the program offers!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

I actually love the poster Idea!

Lala Saves said...

I like that you can send it or print it when you're done

Literary Winner said...

I like that it's easy to share your collages on Facebook.

Maggie D C is my Facebook name.

Savvy Suburban Mama said...

I like that you can make posters - great for kids rooms!

Cheryl Free said...

Looks like nifty software :)

3 Giggly Monsters said...

I like that it is so easy.

Journeys of The Zoo said...

This would come in so handy! Great that it's open Worldwide (I'm Canadian).

Besos, Sarah
Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

Mary Walker said...

Being able to make your own collage.

Wendy said...

The ability to watermark is my favorite feature!

wendykate99 at yahoo dot com

Amanda Lyn said...

I like that you're able to make your own watermark! It is helpful to have that when you post it on the internet!

Jaime Nicole said...

I like that you can add a watermark easily! I'm a pro photographer but sometimes I forget :-/

Greta said...

I love the poster idea. Hmmm...the possibilities!

Magan Bellflower said...

I like that you can do it sooo fast!