ProCollage's Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a digital photo collage?
- Why do I want a digital collage?
- How long will it take to make my photo collage?
- Will I like my collage?
- Can you fix my photographs?
- Which pictures should I put in my collage?
- How will you arrange my collage?
- How can a collage be used as a sign-in board?
- Will my original photos be harmed?
- Can you use my digital photos?
- What size should my collage be?
- Do you guys frame collages?
- What do you mean by "mounting" and "lamination"?
- I want to get started! How do i send my photos?
- What payment options do you offer?
A digital collage (from Professional Digital Collages) is a process by which photos are scanned and cleverly blended together rather than “cutout” and arranged.
Digital collages are more aesthetic and pleasing to the eye because the images are very carefully blended into one another without harsh edges that come from cutting out subjects or edges of photos. The digital collage will also be printed on a single sheet of photo-based material; therefore eliminating all the layers of tape, glue and photos that detract from the overall presentation. The resulting image is clean, clear and absolutely amazing!
We print using UV inks that HELP protect your work from fading. But, these should never be in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time because fading (as with any artwork) can occur. UV coated lamination is now avaiiable to help prevent fading even more.
- You take pride in your photographs that you’ve taken over the years and you’d like to display them. Photos in an album remain there for years without a single glance. How often do you look through your photo album? Not much. Why not combine all your favorite shots in one gorgeous, stunning wall print for yourself, friends and family to see?
- It’s a GREAT conversation piece!
- They are lifelong keepsakes that bring back warm, delightful memories every time they are gazed upon. We repetitively hear from our customers that weeks after they first receive their collage that they didn't even notice some of the photos!
- For the great value...
Meaningless picture/art purchased in a mall: $300+
Price per hour professional graphic designers charge: $75+
Time it usually takes to create a collage: 6-10 hours
Average price per collage: $100-$300
A lifetime of memories: Priceless
- They are make fantastic gifts for virtually any occasion! Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anniversaries (remember the 1st is paper), Milestone Birthdays (30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and so on), Valentine’s Day, Vacations, Christmas, a Best Friend, Retirements, anything! You don’t even need a special occasion, they can be given just because you care.
- Because they are so beautiful!
Normal turnaround time for a photo collage is about a week from the time the photo arrive. It's unusual for a collage to take more than 14 days. You will receive a proof via email as soon as we have it ready. If a rush is needed, we can try to accommodate... just ask!
No, you will not... You'll absolutely love it! We can assure this because before we print anything, a proof will be sent via e-mail (jpg, gif, pdf) to you. Upon approval, we'll print and ship it to you. When you receive your collage and are about to view it for the first time, be sure to have a box of tissues nearby...most people tend to cry out of happiness and the loving memories brought back to life. Whatsmore, you can stare at it for hours and completely overlook some of the photos!
To a certain degree yes. All photos will be color corrected for FREE, meaning if they are faded or worn out, the color will be restored to its original coloring. Minor restoration can be performed to damaged photographs. Also, “photo surgery” can be performed to open eyes, remove blemishes or remove certain people. There can be a slight extra charge for these services, if there is an exceedingly large amount of correction(s) needed.
Keep this in mind when selecting photos for your collage: The better the original, the better for the final. Meaning if the photograph is sharp and crisp, then it will turn out that way in the final collage. Blurry photos are tough to work with as well as photos with the main subjects' head cut off. Faded photos are fine and will easily be corrected to appear newly photographed.
Larger photos contain more detail, therefore, will produce a nicer final output. All photos are resized, so just because you send an 8x10, it does not mean it has to be that large in the collage.
Don't be afraid to include certificates, awards, wedding invitations, letters or anything else that can be scanned. Digital photos are fine too, as long as the resolution is large enough. If your digital camera is higher than 4 MP (4 Megapixels), than your photos are more than likely adequate.
We arrange all photo collages to be well-balanced in referrence to images and color. You may instruct our designers to follow a certain layout if you'd like. Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed...this is your collage and it completely customizable! However, if you are looking to have your photos placed in an exact order, it can be difficult. Arranging these collages is similar to putting together a puzzle with many pieces. It doesn't always fit exaclty how you'd think.
We do find that most collages look better with a larger photo in the center to provide a focal point.
Simply by adding a 3" - 6" white border to the outside of the collage. Before the event, have the collage mounted and placed on an easel. Afterwards, place in a frame under glass and it will look terrific!
This will allow hundreds of signatures and well-wishes. The collage at the right is 23" x 17". with the border it's 29" x 23". It was created for a 50th birthday party.
Your photos WILL NOT BE HARMED or damaged in any way. We scan them on a flatbed scanner and return them to you unharmed. We realize these are precious, delicate items and we treat them that way. When you receive them back, you can place them where you had them... in your old, dusty photo album, in the darkest corner of your closet where no one ever saw them!
Most of the time we can use your digital photos. It all depends on the resolution of the file(s). We need them AT LEAST 3 inches @ 200 dpi. If you are not sure what size your photos are or if they will work, simply send us 1 or 2 of them and we will quickly respond to let you know if they are of sufficient resolution. If possible, it would be helpful to know the overall size (roughly) of the collage you'd like to have created and approximately how many photos you are planning to use.
That is entirely up to you. We can make them up to 6 feet wide. They can be horizontal, vertical, square or even circular! Although, framing a circular collage may be difficult :-).
When choosing a size for your collage we can try to suggest a size that won't leave your collage looking “cramped” or “crowded.”
Below is a rough idea for your number of photos vs overall size. This chart works well, unless most of your photos contain large groups of people. If many of the photos have more than 4 people in them, you may want to have your collage built slightly larger.
10 photos - 9" x 12"
20 photos - 16" x 20"
30 photos - 18" x 24"
40 photos - 20" x 24"
50 photos - 24" x 28"
60 photos - 28" x 32"
70 photos - 30" x 36"
80 photos - 32" x 38"
The following is a list of U.S. standard frame sizes for reference:
8" x 10" | 8" x 12"| 8-1/2" x 11" | 9" x 12" | 10" x 13" | 11" x 14" | 12" x 16" | 14" x 18" | 16" x 20" | 20" x 24" | 22" x 28" | 24" x 30" | 24" x 36" | 30" x 40"
We are not offering framing services at this time. We are currently trying to locate a local framing business that offers great shipping services and inexpensive pricing for our customers.
Your collage is shipped in a tube, not unlike a poster. If you'd like, we can have your collage mounted and/or laminated. We can mount your collage to any substrate, usually foamcore, so that it can be placed directly into your frame.
When framing is not an option, laminating can be the most effective, and cost effective, way to prolong the life of your print. Lamination helps to prevent: sun damage, fading, dirt, fingerprints, moisture and other contaminants. Double sided lamination (encapsulation) helps even more. If you are going to be placing the collage in a frame under glass, lamination is not necessary.
Single sided lamination: $5/sq. ft.
Double sided lamination: $8/sq. ft.
Mounting: $6/sq. ft.
Expect to pay a bit more for shipping mounted prints. These are often large, oversized packages and our printer needs to insure that no damage will be incurred during shipping. See our pricing page for detailed costs.
Send your photos (preferably in a 8x10 or 9x12 envelope) and protect your photos by inserting a hard cardboard-like structure inside. This will protect them from bending while in transit. Attach instructions on “stickies” or write a note informing us of any special cropping, removing of people/blemishes and your choice for the center photo.
Include all of your contact information so that our artists can contact you with any questions or concerns. We need your NAME, SHIPPING ADDRESS, E-MAIL ADDRESS, PHONE #'s and SIZE OF COLLAGE (specify horizontal or vertical format).
If you're paying by check or money order (made to ProCollage), you may include it with your photos. Go to our pricing page to get an estimate. Write your check/money order for roughly half as a deposit. That insures that we will get started as soon as we receive your package. For Paypal payments, let us know with your note and we will send you an invoice when we receive your photos.
468 Garrafon Bay Street
Las Vegas, NV 89138
Currently we only accept US currency i.e. Money Orders, Paypal (all major credit cards), Cashier's Checks and Personal Checks (work will begin when personal checks clear). If you plan on paying via check, please do not forget to include your check or money order with your photographs. Checks can be made payable to ProCollage. If you'd like to pay with a credit card, we will invoice you via Paypal as soon as we receive your package.
Work on your collage will begin once a 50% payment has been made. A proof of your collage will be sent via e-mail. Upon your approval and your remaining balance being paid, your collage will be printed and shipped via UPS or FedEx. Your photographs will also be sent back to you.
Photo Collage Ideas and Great Gift Ideas for any Occasion... or for Yourself!
If your event is not listed below or you'd like to see more collage samples of an occasion, please ask us! We've created thousands of photo collages and past examples may give you ideas for your collage.
- Milestone Birthday Gift
- Anniversary Gift Idea
- Mother's Day Gift
- Family Photos Ideas
- Personalized Christmas Gift
- Custom Wedding Gifts
- Loving Memorial
- Custom Sign-In Boards
- Collages using Baby Photos
- Vacation Photos
- Graduation Gift
- Father's Day Gift Ideas
- Family Reunion Collage
- Valentine's Day Gift Idea
- Team, Groups & Co-workers
- Bat/Bar Mitzvah Collage
- Best Friend (BFF) Gift Idea
- Collages of Beloved Pets