Quickly becoming the editing program of choice for pro photographers, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is so powerful! Everyone is looking for an online photo collage maker so they can pretty up their photo displays for Facebook, but if you have Lightroom, you can edit your photos and make collages all in the same program! Is it free you ask? No. It runs around $150 and worth every penny and more! Unlike the free online versions, Lightroom is 100% customizable. You are never limited by designs. And, all your pictures (from your whole life…ok, the ones in your hard drive) are right there to choose from. No uploading, no going back to get more…your pics are all right there!
So How Does It Work?
Lightroom is a catalog of your photos. Like a giant, crazy amazing Library Card Catalog…for images! You can tag and flag, keyword, star-rate and color-code your photos to your hearts content! Lightroom is the Index, your hard drive (or external drive) is the File Cabinet.
Next Lightroom applies tweeks to your files. While you control all the editing sliders, Lightroom shows you what those changes would look like on your photo. Same as your free online editing programs, right? Yep, but there’s more. Let’s say one day you make some cool settings and your photo turns out all Instagram-looking and you think…how did I do that? (Because you know you want a bunch of your other photos to look like that too.) Lightroom allows you to save the setting you make in one photo, and later apply it to any photo. It is called a Preset.
Photo Album Maker
Are you frustrated with how limiting the printing companies album-making software is? Well, Lightroom has an album-making interface too. You can even make a photo album and print it directly from Lightroom from the company Blurb. If you wanted to use another company (I know, you probably have a free book coupon!)…then just save your book as .jpeg or .pdf files in the size you want…and upload them to the print company! Easy!
Photo Collage Maker
Lightroom gives you all the control when making a photo collage. You are the designer…you make your collage the way you want it! And if you like your design, you can save it as a template and use it over and over! On this website, I give away over 100 free Lightroom Templates for photo collages I have made. You can get all of them and use them yourself, or customize them with a few tweaks.
I can’t write a love note to Lightroom here without mentioning the number one reason to buy it. It saves time! The biggest feature of Lightroom is that you can go through and edit all of the pictures in a folder, and then in one click, you can save them all. You don’t have to go in and save each one. Maybe only pro photographers are excited about this. But I think everyone should. Photography is fun, but sitting at a computer and manually saving 100 pictures one at a time is time wasted!
Now go buy it!
With Lightroom, you won’t be moving your photo files around all the time. They will stay in one place and you can do everything you need to do…fast! It is such a great program that pro photographers are abandoning Photoshop and using Lightroom exclusively. And it is easy enough for hobby photographers to use, and cheap enough for you to afford. You don’t need the hassle and time-waster of a free online photo collage maker. Get Lightroom! It is worth it! My Lightroom links in this post are affiliate links. If you buy Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 through these links, it supports me and this blog…and I thank you in advance!