Fall Flowers - Photo Gallery Auto Collage
Microsoft updated Photo Gallery – formerly known as Windows Live Photo Gallery. Besides the name change, the most notable new feature is “Auto Collage”.
Some four years ago Microsoft Research introduced AutoCollage, an amazing and unusual collage builder. Face detection and automatic identification of interesting parts of photos, and smooth blending and arranging of the component pictures, made creating collages easy and fun. This technology has now been brought into Photo Gallery.
Sadly, the tool in Photo Gallery takes no instructions from the user at all. The results are pleasant enough, but there is no chance to tweak or adjust the resulting collage. A minimum of seven pictures are required to make an “Auto Collage”.
I had a collage made in Picasa last Fall, so I used the same photos for an Auto Collage. Here, first the new Photo Gallery creation.
For comparison here is my Picasa collage. Picasa offers full control over placement, orientation, frames, size, and background, however, the components have “hard” edges. The results are quite different. Enjoy.
© 2012 Ludwig Keck