Assemble your beautiful photos with ASUS PhotoCollage

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Whether it’s a birthday party, camping trip, wedding, or just a fun night on the town, ASUS PhotoCollage provides a way to bring together the best photos taken on your ZenFone into a beautiful final product. We’re going to show you just how easy it is to assemble a collage and share it with all of your friends.

Upon launching ASUS PhotoCollage, you’ll find five sections to pick from along the bottom: Grid, Magazine, PhotoEffects, Sticker Shop, and Sticker DIY. Grid is a traditional collage tool where you’re provided with all of the necessary layouts and text to put together something for a quick Instagram or Facebook share. Magazine provides more space and a rich family of themes for full-page collages. PhotoEffects apply wildly creative transformations to single photos. The Sticker Shop provides free overlays for any of your PhotoCollage creations to download. Sticker DIY lets you make your own overlays from existing photos – just cut out the section you want to use to get started!

Grid

Grid is likely to be the most frequent stop in the ASUS PhotoCollage tools. Pick up to 8 photos that are either stored locally on your ZenFone’s SD card, local storage, or reach into the cloud for photos from Google Drive and Facebook. Tap the Select Photos title bar at the top to pick the source, and if there aren’t any cloud services registered, simply tap the cloud icon in the top-right to get started. If you want to start shooting photos to use right now, tap the camera icon in the top-right.

In the primary pane, the left side shows folders, and the right side shows individual photos. Tap the magnifying glass in the top-right of each photo to get a closer look, the back button along the bottom to return, and tap the picture itself to add it to your collage. The bottom bar will show which photos have already been added. Tap the next button along that bottom bar to move onto the next step, or the trash can button to start over from scratch.

The next screen is where things start to get creative. Here your selected photos will be arranged on a default grid. Tap and drag, or pinch the photos to rearrange them. Press and hold an image to change its spot in the collage, or double-tap it return it to its default position. A single tap will off filter options for that cell. Buttons with arrows provide anchors for where users can drag the lines of the grid where they like. This will shrink and enlarge each cell to your preference. Below the primary pane is a strip of alternative layouts. Just swipe left and right and tap on the one you want to use. Tapping the icon on the far left of this bar will change the aspect ratio of the layouts available.

The bar along the very bottom will change or hide the current tool. The first button is the grid tool we just looked at. The next is the option for backgrounds, which can be seen between the photos. Swipe left and right to see what’s available, and tap each one to set it. Slides just above the background options can adjust the thickness and roundness of the photo borders.
The next button allows for inserting a caption. After typing in the text you like, it can be dragged to any spot on the photo, rotated and resized by moving the icon in the bottom-left of the text box, edited by tapping the pencil icon in the top-left, and deleted with the X in the top-right. The first pane along the bottom offers a wide range of fonts to use. Just swipe up and down to see the options, and tap each to set the front. The next button along the bottom bar can change the color and opacity of the caption. Swipe left and right to pick the color, and move the slider above to make the text more or less transparent. The next tool along the bottom of the screen is for tweaking a drop shadow for the text. The slider along the top moves the distance and angle of the shadow, or tapping the box icon just to the left of the slider removes the drop shadow. Black is a standard color for a drop shadow, but a whole strip of shades are available to try out.

The next tool along the bottom changes the alignment of the text within the box. It can be set to left, right,center, or vertically. Last, but not least, is the background option for the caption. This is separate from the grid’s background, but has all of the same colors and patterns available, as well as opacity.

After being done with captions, there’s one more section available in the Grid. The smiley face in the bottom right is where any number of stickers can be placed on the collage. These can be funny hats, thought bubbles,and other themed graphics downloaded or made from the ASUS PhotoCollage home screen. Tap the tabs along the bottom to browse collections, tap individual stickers to place them on the photo, then drag, drop, and pinch them to get them just right. Tap an individual sticker, and there will be similar functions there as the captions. An X in the top-right will delete the sticker, while the icon in the bottom left will make rotation and resizing easier. Arrow anchors along each edge can adjust the width and height of the sticker.

Once complete, tapping the diskette icon in the top-right will save the final product. Tapping the three dots in the top-right provide options to change the resolution of the final collage, and share it directly to social media and other apps. Options to do either will also pop up after saving the collage.

Magazine

Going right back to the beginning of ASUS PhotoCollage is Magazine. These are perfect for when you really want to showcase a single, big picture. This can be great ways to introduce larger albums. The free template downloads available usually focus on big upcoming events like Christmas, New Years, birthdays, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. There are magazines with a wide range of styles outside of holidays available too.

From the beginning of the process, users can swipe left and right to look through template categories, and tap the thumbnail to download it. After tapping the downloaded template, you’ll be taken to a photo selection screen, similar to what’s available in the Grid portion of ASUS PhotoCollage. The left pane shows folders, the right sideshow thumbnails of photos to pick, and the top offers source selection, either cloud or local. The bottom pane displays which photo has been chosen.

Some magazine templates allow for four or more photos, but most showcase one big picture. Tap the Next button to move on, or the trash bin to start over again.

Your photo will be dropped into the chosen template on the next screen, with easy access to other templates along the bottom. Tap away and find a look that suits you. The bottom bar also offers a text field for custom headlines. The controls and options for text are identical to those in Grid. Similarly, there are also stickers available to add fun overlays to your image. They also function the same as in Grid view.

Once complete, tap the diskette icon in the top-right to save the Magazine and see options for sharing it to Facebook or other apps.

PhotoEffects

PhotoEffects add a truly dramatic artistic twist to your pictures. There’s a wide range available, with new ones being added all the time. Tap any one to get started, and select a photo to use just like Grid and Magazine modes. Each of these PhotoEffects have slightly different controls for editing, but are all quite straightforward.There are a few common elements to keep in mind.

The question mark icon at the top shows a short demo of how each effect’s controls work. The arrow icon next to it shows how the edited version compares with the original. The next icon allows for cropping, while the checkmark finalizes the creation and cracks it open in Magazine mode for extra editing. In the bottom-left, it’s possible to open a pane to switch between effects seamlessly.

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Add a splash of color with the fireworks effect. These are perfect for night sky shots that need a little extra something, especially if you missed the show earlier, but still wanted to show off the view. Multiple firework styles and colors are available to choose from. Pinch to enlarge, shrink, and rotate fireworks, move the slider to change the transparency of the firework being placed, and tap the eraser icon to remove fireworks where they don’t make sense (behind a treeline, for example).

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Light painting lets you draw freehand shafts of bright sparkles in your photos. These can frame and highlight subjects in a dazzling way, particularly when cast against a dark background. Just tap the colored dot in the bottom-right and swipe to start adding sparkles. Additional colors are available along the bottom bar, and the slider increases or reduces the size of the rays. Tap the sparkle icon in the bottom-right to change brushstroke style. The first button along the bottom lets you make the image darker in order to help the sparkles stand out, while the eraser icon clears up excessive sparkle strokes, or reverts the image to its original status.

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Frame the important part of the picture, while making everything else black and white. Tap and drag to move the frame, use two fingers to rotate, and the icon in the bottom-right to adjust frame thickness.

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Bring out highlight colors while removing color from other parts of the photo. Tap a color in the photo as a starting point. Tap the magic wand to determine how much more or less similar to that color to include as highlighted. The eraser icon clears color from parts of the image as you touch it, while the marker button in the bottom-right adds color back in. The slider that pops up for both adjusts the brush size, but you’ll want to pinch to zoom in for fine detail work. The circular back arrow reverts the image to its original look.

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Add simulated depth of field to make your subject look really tiny. Pinch and drag on the screen to set the field of focus. Tapping the icon in the bottom-right will alter the shape of the focus from a line to a circle, while the water drop changes the degree of blurring outside that focus.

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Blur out the background so your subject really pops. The marker icon is used to paint in new areas of focus, while the eraser icon removes them. To the right of the marker icon is the style selector, which changes the overall look and size of the bokeh effect. The black and white icon in the very bottom-right adjusts the contrast of the effect, so it it more or less prominent.

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Add extra emphasis to your subject in action. Tapping the screen activates a focus selector which can be dragged the subject in action. Tap again to confirm the selection. Then drag a finger across the image to determine the direction and intensity of the speed effect. The marker icon can be used to exclude parts of an image from blurring, while the eraser brings them back in. The icon in the bottom-right will switch the blur style from parallel lines to an outwards burst.

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Warp your image inwards on itself for quite the dizzying effect. The first icon in the bottom-right helps identify which portion of the image to look at. The slider changes the size of the observed area, while the orange target on thumbnail on the left side can be moved to change what’s being effected. Three icons beneath the slider set a clear, black, or white border around the spiral edges. The next icon along the bottom switches between a circular and square whirlpool. The pause button will stop the animation so you can get a clear shot at the final image to save.

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Wipe away the condensation from a window to show your subject. The first icon along the bottom offers four different window types to pick from. The spraycan puts water back on after swiping some away, along with the a slider to determine the size of the spray. Similarly, the hand icon determines how much water is wiped away each swipe.

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Add some shiny accents to your photo. The circular arrow undoes sparkles that have been applied. The icon to the right of it changes the size of the sparkles being swiped onto the screen.

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Add some welcome color to the sky in your photo. Tap, drag, and pinch to position the rainbow, or tap the icon in the bottom-right to try one of three rainbow styles.

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Add just a hint of the dramatic to your light source. Tap and drag to move the light source around a set refraction point, or tap the arrow icon in the bottom-right to move the entire lens flare, including refraction point. The other icon can change the style of the lens flare.

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Blur out stuff you’d rather folks not see. The marker icon in the bottom right offers two sliders. One changes the size of the pixels being painted on the image, while the other determines how much of the picture gets pixelized with each swipe. Use the eraser icon to return parts of the image back to normal.

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Add a printed feel to any image. The pencil icon in the bottom-right adds or removes a thin black outline between colors.

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A filter which reduces fine details for an artistic effect. Like the Comic filter, the pencil icon adds or removes outlines to the image.

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Stitch together either edge of your photo, making it a circle. The two circular icons at the bottom rotate the generated planet, while the arrow icon in the bottom right can adjust the size of the planet.

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Similar to Little Planet, but inverted. The addition tools here are identical to those of Little Planet for rotation and zoom.

Sticker Shop

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The next piece of the ASUS PhotoCollage puzzle is the Sticker Shop. Featured sticker collections show up at the top, and can be swiped through to browse, and tapped to view. A full list of available sticker collections sits below the featured banner. Tap through for a preview and the option to download. Once downloaded, these stickers can be freely dropped onto your images through ASUS PhotoCollage.

Sticker DIY

A newer addition to ASUS PhotoCollage is Sticker DIY. This lets you turn any image stored on your ZenFone into a sticker to be used in other images. Maybe there’s a funny face you made that you could get some extra use out of,  or there’s a meme you want to drop into your photos. Let your imagination run rampant with this one. The Sticker DIY toolbar offers a full range of tools for cutting out a portion of the image to use as a sticker.

Tap the marker button along the bottom to select your subject, and ASUS PhotoCollage will try to to select similar colors to whatever you draw on the image. Moving the slider will change the size and tolerance of the selection using the brush, while the icon in the bottom-left will undo the last selection. The eraser to the right of the marker icon can also be used to remove selection.

Depending on the background, this can create jagged lines, so try the square and circle icon in the bottom-right. This applies a selection in the form of a clear shape, and can be used in conjunction with the marker selection. Multiple shapes can be layered on top of one another for unique selections, too. Just tap the specific shape along the bottom, tap and drag the shape where you want it, and use the circular icon in the bottom-left of the shape box to rotate and scale to fit.

The final icon along the bottom provides a border around the selection to clearly define it when placed on another image. Move the slider to make the border thicker or slimmer.

Masterpiece complete!

Now that you’ve put together a beautiful final product with ASUS PhotoCollage, it’s time to start sharing. Post to Instagram, Facebook, or anywhere else and soak in the praise. The ZenFone is more than just a great camera, though. Find out more at ZenFone.ASUS.com.

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