Pros / From start to finish, you can create a collage in minutes.
Cons / The backgrounds and embellishments aren’t as high-end as its competitors'.
Verdict / The user-friendly interface makes collage creation easy; however, the templates and embellishments aren’t up to par.
Picture Collage Maker Pro’s photo collage software is straightforward and simple. Your first glimpse of the collage-making software after installation is of the projects you can start. You can either start a blank collage or use the template wizard. It’s simple and easy, the way the best photo collage programs should be.
The grid collage wizard option makes the process simple. All you have to do is select your photos, decide on a template layout, and the photo collage program does the rest. The other options for this picture collage creator give you a little more creative freedom in the finished product. If you choose to create from a template, you can still tweak it to your taste.
The templates aren’t scrapbook-worthy work, and the embellishments leave something to be desired. There are also a couple of editing functions missing, such as red eye removal and an option to change your photos to black and white. However, as a simple collage-making tool, we liked the format. The best collage software is easy to use. We had no trouble learning our way around, and in half an hour we were able to make three separate collages.
Once completed, you can save your finished collage as an image (JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG or GIF), email it or set the image as your desktop background. You can even order products, like mugs and T-shirts, with your image on them. However, you can’t directly burn the files onto a CD or DVD, and there is no option for adding music or audio files to your projects. If these features are important to you, you might want to consider looking at MyMemories Suite or MemoryMixer.
When working in Picture Collage Maker Pro, you can directly access FAQs via the help icon within the software. It has broken down common questions into screenshot-based tutorials, which is a rare feature. The website also has links to several tutorials with step-by-step instructions. You can also contact support directly by email. Pearl Mountain Software, the developer of Picture Collage Maker, connects with users on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, so you can find out what kind of results the software yields before you decide to purchase it.
Picture Collage Maker Pro is excellent photo collage software – a program that is easy to use from start to finish. The straightforwardness of the software is a huge bonus. It easily leads you through an initial decision process (templates, style, etc.) and then lets you personalize it. The clipart and shapes weren’t the most modern embellishments we’ve reviewed. For making a simple collage though, it is still worth checking out.