September 21, 2015

Easily Combine Multiple Photos into One: Quick Picture Tools

This is the last in a three-part series of reviews on web-based programs for combining multiple pictures into one. You can read the other posts here and here. Today I review QuickPictureTools.com.

Multiple photos combined into one using Quick Picture Tools

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 Quick Picture Tools is easier to figure out than Fotor but does not provide as many choices for combining images. Quick Picture Tools provides helpful instructions below all the boxes and sliders that are definitely worth reading before you proceed.

The maximum number of pictures you can combine is four. You must add them one at a time by clicking the Add buttons in the boxes below the layout. I also recommend reducing the size of the preview from 100% to 25% so you can see all your pictures as you add them. You cannot reposition the images by dragging once they are in the layout. So if you want the photos in a different order than you added them, you need to remove the photo and add the next one using the add and remove buttons.

Quick Picture Tools Layout Screen

The maximum size combination Quick Picture Tools creates is 2000 pixels on the long side. So it is helpful to shrink the size of the pictures you are combining before you add them to the layout. If you did not do this, you can check the box that says "Same expansion/reduction ratio for all images" and then type in the new size for one picture. When you press the Tab key, the size for all the images adjusts automatically. Then you can change the background color, adjust the amount of space between (padding) and around (margin) the images and the corner style. 

If you decide to add text to your pictures, you can choose the color, size, font, and effects like bold or outline. The words appear all together on the top left picture. You must click and drag to reposition the words. This is difficult to do if your finished collage is larger than the preview area, since you have to work in 100% view to see the text. 

When you are ready to save your finished creation, you have a choice of JPG, including quality, or PNG format. Then click the Generate Image button to have your pictures combined. The site joins your photos and displays a regular save window for you to name your picture. NOTE: Be sure to include the file name extension (such as ".jpg") when naming your file; Quick Picture Tools does not add it automatically.

Four images laid out with a white background, square corners
and no text

When you are ready to start another combination, refresh your browser window to clear the old images.

This is the last of my three reviews of the online photo-combining services. Next time I'll give instructions for combining multiple pictures into one image using Lightroom.