Photo Layout allows users to collate a batch of different sized photos to generate a collage of photos on a sheet of paper for printing. Its main aim is to maximise the print area on a sheet of printing paper. Photo Layout is a simple workflow desktop application for users that do all their printing in-house.
For the last few months, I’ve been working with my brother on a workflow application that allows people to easily layout their images for printing. It uses a few algorithms to try to layout the images in the most efficient way possible and thus, reducing white space and wastage.
The market has a few tools for this at different price ranges. The expensive Mirage software, the less expensive Qimage Ultimate and what I’m calling, the budget version Photo Layout. What we’ve done is kept the application as simple as possible, to work with your workflow and not add a duplication of tools/tasks. Photo Layout is a great alternative to Mirage and Qimage if laying out of photos is all you want to do. It will save you a lot of time and money.
As you can see above, there is a list of photos you wish to print on the left. On the right are options for the page and photo settings such as margins, output sizes, crop marks, and DPI. It then generates a preview of what the output file will look like. After this, you can embed colour profiles and save them files for printing.