For all you Mac users: behold my success at fooling iPhoto into creating a photo collage, something it doesn’t profess to do. There are a number of third-party software choices available to let you do this… but I found a quick, easy and no-cost solution.
Just pour your photos into a page template for a new iPhoto book, then save the page as a PDF (using the Print command), and then open the PDF (with Preview) and save it as a JPEG. (Be sure to adjust the picture quality slider bar to Best.) It’s less complicated than it sounds and, provided you know which photos you want to use, can be done in less than a minute. Give it a try!
This collage represents a fun thing to do on a rainy day in November: head to your local big-box store and pretend it’s a botanical garden. With no one (except me and Mr. TG, elsewhere in the lumber section) venturing out due to the dull, wet weather, I was free to enjoy the colours and browse plant tags for names and care instructions. No obligation to buy (don’t tell anyone I said so).
Shown here, anticlockwise from upper left: One of a table full of Phalaenopsis orchids; the flaming leaves of Croton; the pink bloom of bromeliad Aechmea fasciata; another bromeliad; pots of pheasant’s breast aloe; a row of fiery chrysanthemums; and an assortment of bright cacti.
The side trip works best when the plants are freshly arrived, of course. Big-box stores are everywhere, which is convenient for this little outing, but they aren’t known as intensive care units, shall we say.