Uneven collage maker

Design your own collage with this so-so photo program.

Auto Collage Studio offers to help users customize their photos and create collages. Thanks to an uneven interface and functionality that doesn't live up to its competition, this program has a long way to go.

Auto Collage Studio's interface was an immediate headache. You are given no direction on how to create a collage and the graphics of the program didn't really provide any guidance. The Help file was vague and equally frustrating. Luckily, a few minutes of experimenting finally brought the entire collage maker into focus. Collages were created by selecting a photo, a frame, and clip art to accompany the picture. Once the process was understood, building and selecting elements became easy, though we felt that the appearance of the results was very low quality. Having tested similar products, we can say with confidence that there are more professional-looking options available. Special features were light on this program, though its effects option for clip art was surprisingly useful. You are given the option to blur, sharpen, and apply about a dozen filters to any image, and each of the results was shown to us in a thumbnail that removed any guesswork.

The program comes with a 30-use trial period. Because of its clumsy interface and uninspired results, we suggest you look elsewhere for collage-making programs before utilizing this program.

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