Tutorial: Using the New Collage Features

You started that collage because you wanted to love it and stay with it until it was complete, right? So you felt like a bum, knocking on the Editor’s door after you started a collage and realized your images needed to be resized. And you hated having to save your collage, wave bye-bye and then meet it over in the Editor for text and overlays, didn’t you? Give us an “Oh, man it hurt to leave!”

You don’t have to be a bad boyfriend anymore. Now you can fix and tweak the images of your collage, right there in Collage, and hold its hand as you both skip to the Editor for final touches. And Royale subscribers, there’s some very special stuff for you.

Here’s a guided tour to the new features…

Basic Edits right in Collage cells

screen shot of the Edit buttonWhen you hover your cursor over an image that has been placed in a collage cell, you’ll see an “Edit” button. Click it, and an editing palette appears, with a white outline around the image you’ve selected.
screen shot of the edit paletteThe Basic tab of that palette lets you resize, rotate, flip, and adjust the exposure of an individual image.
screen shot of the size slider
The “Size” slider is a major win. Once you’ve adjusted the size, you can click on the image and drag it around in the cell until you find the perfect placement.

Shortcut to the Editor for text and overlays

screen shot of the new Edit button

The new “Edit” button in the top toolbar brings your entire collage to the Editor for text, overlays, and any edits you want applied over the whole collage. No need to save and name it first.

Once you’ve taken your collage to the Editor, you can’t come back to Collage and make more changes. So choose this only when you consider the design (layout, background, individual image edits, and swatch cells) final.

One-Click effects for Royale members

screen shot of the Effects tabThe Effects tab of the editing palette, marked with a crown, lets you Royale subscribers have at it with six of everyone’s favorite one-click effects. Click the effect to apply it to an individual image, and you’ll see a check mark over the effect letting you know which one you are currently using. If you decide not to keep it, click “Original” and the image will go back to its original state. All images keep the edits you’ve made to them, even when you move them from cell to cell.

“Open Image in Editor” for Royale members

screen shot of "open image in Editor" button

If these six effects aren’t enough for ya, click “Open image in Editor” and the image will be magically transported to the Editor — no saving and naming — where you have the entire caboodle of PicMonkey editing options up for grabs. The image will appear in the Editor in its original, non-cropped size, but no worries; PicMonkey will remember the cropped size when you’ve brought it back into Collage again.

screen shot of "Back to Collage" button

While you’re editing a collage image in the Editor, you’ll see an orange “Back to Collage” button on top of the panel, which brings your newly edited image right back into your collage, with everything right where you left it. Perfecto!

Here’s to many more romantic, candle-lit dinners for you and Collage. We always thought you looked cute together!

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