Creating a Mood Board in Picasa


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:




Young House Love devotes a whole tab to the mood boards they’ve created. They’ve even sorted their inspirations by color and room to allow for easier browsing.

And Layla and Kevin at The Lettered Cottage take it a step further with their Presto Chango mouseover trick. Layla was nice enough to share that ‘how-to’ here.

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:

From here, you can crop the image to reduce white space or use any of the other Picasa photo editing tools.

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?

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26 Responses to Creating a Mood Board in Picasa
  1. Angela
    June 30, 2011 |

    I’m sooo happy to see you post this!! I’ve been wanting to know how to do this! I can’t wait to download the software and try this out! Thanks!

  2. Stephanie
    July 2, 2011 |

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I’ve been wondering how to make these without spending hours in Photoshop!

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  4. Michele
    July 3, 2011 |

    Fabulous tutorial – have bookmarked this as well. When you started blogging did you feel like all you did was read about new products and gadgets and widgets that you’d never be up and running? 😉 my head is swimming.

    Can’t thank you enough for the info. xoxo michele

  5. This is a great tutorial! I’ve resisted using Picasa so far but my have to try it now! I’ve been using PowerPoint and then importing into iPhoto. Very time intensive :( This looks much easier!!

  6. the cape on the corner
    July 5, 2011 |

    oh my gosh, this is so helpful! great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing it! love the globes in your moodboard, too.

  7. Miss Kitty
    July 13, 2011 |

    Wow…that looks amazing! I opened a Picasa account a few months ago and I have a question that relates to this post: when I have a picture open and want to edit it, the only way I have found to do that is to click the little blue and green icon that looks like a photo. Then Picasa takes me to Picnik to edit the photo…not that it takes a LONG time but it does take time to then download into Picknik for editing. I can’t figure out why I can’t edit IN Picasa. I think I paid extra for additional storage, etc. Thank you.

  8. Lauren
    July 13, 2011 |

    THANK YOU!! I am such a dummy when it comes to anything computer related, so this is extremely helpful to me, also a no-skills, no photoshop blogger :) Thanks for taking the time to spell it out so clearly!

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  10. Carrie
    July 24, 2011 |

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering how to make those mood boards… great tutorial!

  11. Dee
    July 24, 2011 |

    I just found this on Picasa as well. Then you can drop your photo collage into powerpoint and at text and numbers, then save it as a jpeg and you have it!

  12. kristin
    July 24, 2011 |

    Found you at CG, thank you for this. I have been trying to make one, with picassa I know I can do this!

  13. Elle
    July 24, 2011 |

    I had no idea you could use Picasa to do this! Thanks so much for the tutorial — I’m bookmarking it. :)

  14. Colleen
    July 25, 2011 |

    Great info! I wondering where the orange drum pendant is from. I’d love to get it for my kids’ room.

  15. Pink Toes and Power Tools
    August 3, 2011 |

    Thanks for the tutorial–I’m definitely going to try this out sometime and I pinned it so I can find it when I need it!

  16. dkshopgirl
    August 25, 2011 |

    fantastic – been trying to find out forever how to make one of these for my blog! thank you! i must follow you now too! cheers

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      August 25, 2011 |

      Hi Deborah –

      Another option to making a mood board is using Have you heard of it? It’s user friendly and you can search products from retail stores like Pottery Barn, ikea, crate and barrel, etc to create your mood board.

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  19. Cynthia
    February 13, 2012 |

    Thank you! I’m just starting up a new blog for a non-profit club and I wanted to make it nice. I’ve also oogled mood boards FOREVER but knew I lacked the skills to make them. I’m so pleased you posted this and that it was actually pretty EASY to do it! I’ve already made my first boards thanks to you!

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      February 13, 2012 |

      So glad you found it useful! I had googled mood boards too and couldn’t find any tutorials. When I figured out how to do it, I thought I’d share.

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  21. claire
    April 4, 2012 |

    Thanks so much for sharing your discovery – have to do a mood board for a uni assignment and can’t afford to spend too much time learning an app as this is only one small part of what we need to do.

    Was looking for tutes and was just about to give up and install photoshop.

    Thanks again :)

  22. Kristin Johhsen
    April 5, 2012 |

    Thanks so much for this – I’ve just gotten Picassa since I had to move over from Picnik and this idea was just great – and and easy way to put a mood board together, Thanks for sharing!

  23. Carrie Hampton
    December 29, 2012 |

    Hi there — huge fan of Picassa — but, I also use PicMonkey ( all the time too. Such a great web-based online imaging tool.

  24. Ang
    April 26, 2013 |

    This is great!! I need to try this. Thanks so much.

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