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Old January 23rd, 2013, 07:36 AM
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Photos Side-by-Side in one JPG file

I'm quite the newbie and have Elements 11. Question: how does one combine two or three photos side-by-side and then create one JPG file from the multiple photos? Not sure if this is possible, but I see where others seem to be able to do so. Also, if possible, can each photo's size and aspect ratio be controlled prior to saving as one file? Thanks in advance to anyone who cares to answer.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Do the math as it pertains to your card stock, and figure out the size each of the three pictures should be so that they will fit comfortably.
  1. Use the crop tool to size each picture to your specification (do this on a duplicate so as to preserve the original). This tool also has a field in its option bar for resolution, which should be in the 240-300px/in range
  2. Open the three pictures so prepared.
  3. In full editor (expert), go to File>new>blank file, enter width and height of paper stock, resolution the same as the picture files (ideally)
  4. Drag each photo from the photo bin to the canvas (blank file), and position with the move tool. You can adjust further with the corner handles of the bounding box. The aspect ratio will be preserved.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:23 AM
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Dan, an easy way is to open the pictures you want to use in your collage.
Click at the bottom at Photobin to see them. Then make a new blank or transparant layer which has twice the width and once the height of your opened photos. (This concerns photos in portrait mode; in landscape mode is the other way around). Then drag a photo from the photobin upwards to your blank layer.
You can resize them by dragging the boundary box. When you press alt and click on one of the corners you can scale proportionally.

A second method is the start with a blank layer and then use the command File>Place to bring a photo from your computer to this layer. You can resize the photos in the same way as above.

In the example below are my layers. I made a larger canvas, but that can be cropped.

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To complete the answer to your question, after you have proceeded with either of the methods above and SAVED YOUR PSD file (in case you want to change things later), then just do a Save As and choose jpg as the file type. (You'll see a warning that this will lose your layers, which is okay - that's why you previously saved the PSD version.)
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