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Digital Workshop: Get Creative with Auto Collage

Holland America Line has a wide array of enriching activities onboard, and among the most popular are the Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The popular complimentary workshops, led by Microsoft-trained “techsperts” on all 15 ships in the fleet, teach guests with varying levels of computer and camera experience how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create online scrapbooks.

Guests also learn how to share digital memories via email, keep a more secure PC at home, stay connected through instant messaging and webcams, find the best PC for their budget and lifestyle, and navigate new features of Windows 8. And if you can’t make it to the class, the techsperts blog about their lessons so anyone can learn more about their PC. Special thanks to Amsterdam’s techspert John Roberts who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.


Remember when you were a kid and you cut out pictures and glued them onto paper or cardboard to make a collage? Well, now you can get your inner-child going with an exciting digital update to your classic collage project of yesteryear.

Put away the Elmer’s glue and check out the feature called “Auto Collage” in the latest version of Photo Gallery from Microsoft.

To create a collage simply open Photo Gallery and select at least seven images from your gallery. Next, find the “Auto Collage” button under the “Create” tab, select the desired size, and Voila!

When the collaged photo has been “glued together”, just type a new name for the finished product. The Auto Collage tool does not harm the original pictures selected. Instead, it constructs a new picture. This new picture is a single jpeg file that can then be edited just like any of your individual photos.

Your new masterpiece is then ready to be printed, emailed or posted on your favorite social networking site!

To find out more about how to get creative with your photos, be sure to visit us in the Digital Workshop Powered by Windows on your next Holland America Line cruise.

Holland America Line is a proud partner of Microsoft on the Digital Workshop powered by Windows program.

  • shari Taylor

    We just cruised on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and attended several of John’s Microsoft workshops and think they were fantastic. When we returned home, I tried to download Photo Gallery and Movie Maker and they both say they can’t be downloaded on my Asus tablet, even though I have Microsoft 8.1. I wondered if John has a suggestion of another free photo program that would be similar that I would be able to download. Thank you.

  • Janet Stevens

    I would like to purchase the photo journaling kit for Alaska. They were not available when we were on our cruise. Please let me know if it is still available. Thanks

  • Julie

    Hi Janet, can you be more specific with what you are looking to purchase?

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