I love when my favorite bloggers create mood boards for their own spaces or as inspiration for clients. Most of these bloggers are quite skilled at photoshop and create fabulous boards like these:
What I love most about creating these mood boards is it gives me an opportunity to test out different items without having to go to the store, buy the item, bring it home only to decide it doesn’t work, then turn around and return it. I can visually see if the patterns in a certain rug clash with the pattern of a certain pillow, blah blah blah.
Unfortunately, most of these bloggers have mad photoshop skills. I have neither photoshop or the mad skills. Fortunately, I do have the free downloadable software Picasa and it has a ‘collage’ tool. Using their tool allows me to create mood boards by saving images to my local drive, importing them into Picasa and then arranging the images any way I like.
Picasa is a free photo editing tool by Google. Go here to download the latest version for free. I also use Picasa to edit my pictures such as removing red-eye, cropping, lightening the exposure, on and on.
To create a collage, first you’ll need to find the images that inspire you or you are interested in pulling together to create your mood board and save them in a folder on your hard drive as .jpg images.
Next, open Picasa. On the right of your window, you should see a directory of the folders on your hard drive. Select the folder with the images you want to include in your collage.
Selecting the folder should populate that folders images in the main window. Hold down your <Ctrl> key to select multiple images. Once you’ve selected the images, click on the <Collage> icon at the bottom of the screen.
Clicking the <Collage> icon should create an image similar to this:
From here you can move the images around, resize them, layer them, etc. Once you have the images the way you want them, simply click on <Create Collage>, on the left side bar. This will create a static image such as this:
Lastly, you’ll need to save the board to your folder…and that’s it. A simple solution for creating a mood board for inspiration.
Have you created any mood boards? What software did you use?