How to Use Collage Templates

How to Use Collage Templates

Making your own photo collage is very simple using these templates and PaintShop Pro.

Open the collage template in PaintShop Pro. Select the photos you want to use and open them in PaintShop Pro as well.

The template that we are demonstrating in this tutorial is best suited to 2×3″ images so we’ll start by cropping our photos to that size. Depending on the layout of the collage template and the size of your photos, you may not need to crop your photos, but if you do – here’s how. Select the Crop tool from the Tools toolbar on the left. Then select the 2×3″ size from the dropdown list and drag the corner handles to resize the crop area to your liking, then click on the green arrow to apply the crop.

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Now you need to copy and paste this image into the collage template. Select the cropped photo using keyboard shortcut Ctrl-A or going to Selections > Select All. Then copy the image using Ctrl-C or going to Edit > Copy.

Next, click on the tab that has the collage template. Paste the first photo using Ctrl-V or going to Edit > Paste As New Layer.

Using the Pick tool, resize and drag the photo to fit in the opening. It’s better to make the photo slightly larger than the opening, so it overlaps a bit. This will ensure that there are no gaps between the photos and the collage frame. As you can see below, the photo is covering part of the frame, making it look uneven but we will fix that in the next step.

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Now go to your Layers palette. If the Layers palette is not open, go to View > Palettes > Layers or press F8 on your keyboard.

Drag the thumbnail of the collage template above the thumbnail of the photo, so it is on top of the list of layers.

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This will place the collage frame on top of the photo, which makes for a nice clean look with no gaps between the photos and frame and no photos overlapping the frame.

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Now all you have to do to complete your collage project is to repeat these steps with the remaining photos. Crop each photo if required, copy and paste them into the collage template, resize and move them to the position you want, and use the Layers palette to keep the collage template on the top layer. Here’s a sample of the finished product.

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Comments (6)

  • Donna Reply

    Where is the file folder in Paintshop Pro where the collage templates are stored? I have some free templates I have collected and would like to store them where the other templates are stored in the Paintshop Pro software folders.

    October 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Donna,

      The location for those folders varies slightly depending on the version of PaintShop Pro you have installed. You can find the default folders for templates, frames, tubes, and other content here:
      C:\Users\\Documents\Corel PaintShop Pro\19.0
      If you have PSP X8 for example, the bolded segment would be 18.0 rather than 19.0.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      October 18, 2016 at 10:17 am
  • Samantha Reply

    I have the Corel Paintshop Pro X8 and can not find any of the templates in my Navigation. Please advise where I can locate them.

    Thanks!

    August 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Samantha,

      The collage shown in this tutorial is from the Family Photo Collage pack.

      Additionally, you can view all of our available collage packs for PaintShop Pro here.

      Hope this helps!

      August 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm
  • Renee Boley Reply

    I just downloaded the new xpro 8 and want to make a collage, but cannot locate the collage template in the software at all. I downloaded the spring pack as well and see the collage templates in there but do not know what folder to add the templates to. Please help, have spent over an hour researching this to no avail. Thanks in advance.

    May 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    • Renee Boley Reply

      Never mind, I think I got it. I just made my own “Collage template” folders in Corel and picked up the templates like a regular photo to use as layers.

      May 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

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