Don’t you just love the look of 3×4 Photos on your layouts and in your Project Life albums? Also, these photos are the perfect size to include in a thank you card. But, printing 3×4 photos can be difficult. I want to show you that it is actually very easy to create your own 3×4 photos and make them at the price of a 4×6 photo. There are a couple of different methods you can use to create 3×4 photos, but I’m going to show you the easiest way to create 3×4 photos without using Photoshop!
Step 1: Download the Project Life App
If you don’t already have the Project Life App, you can download it for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. The app is FREE and it will change your digital scrapbooking life – but that’s for another post! It also has some great options that allow you to create 3×4 photos that are easy to print!
Step 2: Go to the Collage Section in the Project Life App
From the home screen of the Project Life App, you will click on the orange button in the upper left corner. This is called the collage section. Along the bottom is a row of different size options to create collages.
Step 3: Select the Collage Size
In the Collage Section, you will then select the 4×6 option C or D. These two are both 4×6 photo layouts that allow you to insert two 3×4 images in the collage. Depending on the orientation of your photos, you will want to choose either C for two portrait 3×4 photos or choose D for two landscape 3×4 photos.
Tip: If you have both a landscape and a portrait photo that you want to print at 3×4, selecting either collage option will work. There is an option to adjust your photos in Step 5 below that allows you to rotate your photo. This will allow you to have both a portrait and a landscape photo on the same 4×6 collage.
Step 4: Add Your Photos
Click on the 3×4 photo area on the left (the aqua green box). The app will zoom in on that section of the collage and two buttons will appear in the corner. You will want to select the first button that looks like two photos.
Once you tap that button, it will then access your photos on your device (if this is your first time doing this, you will need to Allow the app to access your photos.) Scroll through your photos and choose the picture for that section of the collage.
You can also adjust the zoom of the photo from this screen or you can go back and adjust it later. Then click to the side on the other area where you want to add a photo. Select your photo just as you did in the previous step and adjust the zoom of the photo if you want.
Step 5: Adjust Your 3×4 Photos
Once you have added both photos, you can click the “x” to close your photo album. This will then allow you to see the entire collage in 4×6 size. The two photos each are 3×4 in size. You can adjust the photos by tapping on either picture in order to crop the photo, add text, rotate your photo, and change the color balance levels. If you also have the PicTapGo app, it is integrated with the Project Life App and it will allow you to apply filters to your photos.
Tip: If you want to rotate your photo, you would select the “Adjustments” button in the upper left corner of your photo. It looks like a mixer board that shows up and down slider buttons. In this menu is a rotate arrow that you can click to select the orientation of your photo.
Once you have completed rotating and adjusting your photo, just tap on the gray area of the app to apply your edits. Then use the minus sign zoom button again to view your entire collage layout.
Step 6: Export Your Photo Collage
After you have finished adding your photos and making any adjustments, it’s now time to export your photos. If you notice from the screenshot above, there is a button in the lower right hand corner that looks like a box with an arrow pointing upward out of it. That is the button that will allow you to “Export” the collage.
When you click it, you will see multiple options. “Social Sharing” is a smaller file size to share on social media. “Export” is for saving your file to be printed. “Update Page Info” is for updating the name of the page and date if you want (usually I do this with full size layouts, but not on collages). “Add to Folder” is where you can organize your photo in the folders within the Project Life App. “Duplicate Page” makes a copy of this particular layout.
You want to select “Export” when you are going to print your photos. It is the largest file size and the proper dimensions to be sure your photos print crystal clear. You should NEVER select “Social Sharing” as your file to save for printing. It is not large enough for printing and your images will end up blurry.
After selecting “Export” you will be asked where you want to save your photo. I like to save all of my content to the Dropbox so I can access it from anywhere.
Tip: If you ever want to edit your collage again, scroll down from the library section of the Project Life App (yellow button on the home page in the lower left side). This part of the app keeps track of all of your layouts and collages, plus has organization folders to help you maintain your content within the app. Just be sure you don’t use it as a place to save your content. You should make sure to export and save all of your finished layouts so you don’t lose anything. The collages are in the third section as you scroll down.
Step 7: Print Your Photos
Now this is where it all makes it worth the steps above. You will upload the collages you made to your preferred printing company and print them in 4×6 size. This means that you can print two 3×4 photos for the cost of a 4×6 photo. Most places charge more for a 3×4 photo or don’t even have that option to print, so this method allows you to print and use 3×4 photos.
Step 8: Trim Your Photos
Once you get your photos printed, all you need to do is trim your 4×6 photo in half and you now have your two 3×4 photos!
Video Tutorial: How to Print 3×4 Photos on Your Phone
And that’s it! You now can quickly and easily use 4×6 photo collages to print two 3×4 photos from your phone. And without Photoshop! I’ve also created a video that walks you through the same steps. Check it out below:
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