I asked to review SnowFox Photo Collage Maker because I often need to include a number of photos in a monthly newsletter I put out. And if you’ve ever tried to arrange several photos together on a page in Microsoft Word, you know how much fun that can be. So, I could definitely a program like this. Also, I know a number of women who would really enjoy making photo collages. And quite fortunately, it comes in both Windows and Mac versions. Let’s take a look at it.
Installation was straight forward and I was greeted with the registration dialog which told me there would a watermark on the output unless I registered. At start-up, the “Style” tab is selected with the default of a 4 x 5 “Grid” of photos in the collage. There are 4 other style choices (see the screenshot below.)
If you click on the “Page” tab, you’ll notice in the “Predefine” drop down menu there’s a range of choices that starts with “Wallpaper” as the default. Below that you’ll see “Customize” and 22 more choices ranging from 720×480 and all the way to 2480×3508. There are also options for the page “Background” (page color, image or a selection of textures) and “Margins.”
After you’ve pick a layout style and page size. It’s time add pictures. There’s a “Fill” button on the “Style” tab with will randomly input images from the “Photo List”: defaults to showing thumbnails of the images in Desktop folder. You can also drag and drop photos as you wish. Note the “Shuffle” button which will randomly alter the arrangement.
Clicking the “Photo” tab, allows you to arrange the layout, sizes and orientations of your photos – if you picked Grid” or “Classic” styles the “Edit”, “Border” and “Arrange” functions will be grayed-out. You can also add drop shadows like I did in this screenshot of a Freestyle collage with a textured background.
The “Text” tab will allow you to input descriptions and other information into your collages. Not only are there options for font size, style and color, but you can also choose background colors for the text areas. Additionally, you can add drop shadows and alter their offsets so you can achieve the effect you desire.
The final step, of course, is to output you creation. In the “Export” tab you can either “Save as image” or export it as “Wallpaper.” The command drop down at the upper left corner of the ribbon toolbar will give the addition option to print you collage.
SnowFox Photo Collage Maker really is a very easy-to-use program. It’s not complicated at all. The “Help” button takes you directly to their online help page. It’s a single page that takes you step by step through the process with screenshots of the controls in various tabs. It’s so uncomplicated, my grandmother could use it.
I have only two complaints. There’s no undo nor is there a save project function. If you decide you want to edit the collage later, you’ll just have to reproduce it which is simple enough.
It’s always a welcome change to encounter a program that does exactly what it says it does and doesn’t have a lot of stuff most people don’t need. If you need lots of special bells and whistles there are lots of expensive and feature-filled photo manipulation programs out there. SnowFox Photo Collage Maker is designed to fill a different niche. This is a great program for your family members that are under-skilled with computers but love sharing their photos. And the output to wallpaper provides an easy way to put collections of your favorite photos right on your desktop.
Check it out: I created the above 1920×1080 “Grid” style collage and saved it as an image in a matter of minutes. In fact, it took me longer to find and download the free-to-use photos than it did to create the collage. Registering it will get rid of the watermark. SnowFox Photo Collage Maker is fun and easy-to-use.
Reviewed by Jelson