This article is not a full software review of Picasa but a focus on the collage functionality and exploration of an area where it brings the greatest value.

This is the result of a real work experience, responding to the needs of a customer with the associated constraints.2012-09-15-Eveil-0384

The story behind this software review:

A local group of artists decided to go ahead with a project for a musical based on the Broadway hit “Spring awakening”.  All the proceeds would go to support Cancer Research.  I shot the show’s repetition.  The pictures would help with promoting the event afterward. For three sessions, I took about 1,500 pictures.  Spring Awakening is a drama.  A single image can’t depict the story effectively.

When asked if it would be possible to have pictures in the lobby of the venue for the première, which aired on the day after the general repetition, I felt this unreasonable.   How to select, post-process, arrange and print pictures in a few hours only?  This initially sounds impossible to me.

I then turn around and decided on a strategy that I call “Scope to Timeline”. What can I do in that limited period that would bring value.

Here was my workflow process:

  • Select pictures to include;
  • Adjust key parameters as needed;
  • Convert to black and white a single picture, optimizing the look of it;
  • Batch process all the selected pictures;
  • Export pictures to a folder;
  • Import them into Picasa;
  • Use the collage option, arranging picture around a key image;
  • Output high-resolution files;
  • Have the work printed.

Picasa is free software.  The collage option is easy to use and create great results.  You can say no when asked something impossible.  You can also “Scope to Timeline” using your knowledge, imagination and innovation.  The difference was a lobby with representation of the show key moments for people to enjoy instead of just an empty space.  The artists where very happy to see the resulting collage.