Custom Manual Collages
Create a new directory, and copy in only those photos you want in your collage. If any are in portrait mode, rotate them first. AutoCollage can create collages that use between 4 and 25 photos. In the options dialog, enable both Face Detection and Manual Face Detection. Select an output resolution – they are not given in pixels so you may want to experiment. The 8x10 entry seems to be the highest resolution. Set the “number of photos" slider to match the number you have in your directory. Point the file browser at your directory, and wait for the photos to load.
Once the photos load, you can click on any photo to expand it. Some photos will have a yellow box - that is where the face detection software found something that looks like a face. You can Ctrl-click-drag to draw a new yellow box, in case the software did not find a face. While the program can detect and outline multiple faces, you can only enter one selection box.
This technique is useful in a number of ways. For instance, we seem to have a lot of pictures of pets, but AutoCollage doesn’t detect their faces. However, the selected area doesn’t need to contain faces, but rather any “area of interest". Once all photos have selected areas, click the Create icon and watch AutoCollage do its job. Once AutoCollage is finished, you can save the output to a file, your desktop, or send it in an email.