For lovers of photo montages, they are constantly searching for tips and suggestions on how to enhance the appearance of their creations.

Professionally created photo montage may make your creation pale in comparison when they are put together. So what are the ways to creating a dynamic and professionally looking photo slideshow without bursting your budget? Here are three simple ways you can follow to help you with your creation.

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1. Have good quality, high resolution photographs to start off

The first and most important step to creating that perfect photo montage is to use consistent and good quality images. Images are the basic building blocks of a photo montage and hence any lousy ones will dent the appearance of your photo montage.

If your photographs are scanned into the software, make sure they are free from dust and any blemishes. These will be very obvious once you insert the photographs into your photo montage. Scanned photographs should be colour corrected as some of the photographs age with time and their colour balance might be changed.

If the photographs you use are taken from your digital cameras, adjust their resolution to something more consistent. You don't want to have photographs that differ in their appearance.

2. Plan the layout of your montage carefully

This is crucial as it affects the appearance of the whole montage. Try to avoid any blank spaces as it will make the montage seem unplanned and unprofessional. A suggestion is to pack the photographs together and make sure that the surrounding areas do not have any blank spaces. Before you start creating a montage, always plan the size of each image and where you want to place them. Layer the photographs accordingly so it is easy to make any adjustments. Take note that the screen size of a computer and television is different so any space will be amplified on the television screen.

3. Edit and touch up the montage

After you have completed the steps above, your photo montage would be more or less completed. Before you share with all your family and friends, take a step back and vet through your creation. What you should take note of are the colours, spacing and the scale of the images.

Colours here refer to the contrast and brightness of all the images. You have to see that the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue and tone of the images are the same. It would be weird to see a similar object in different colours in the completed product. This would seriously spoil your whole montage and waste all your efforts.

Once again, observe the montage carefully for any blank spaces or white spots. All these can be quite obvious once the montage is magnified. What you can do is zoom into the whole montage and check carefully. Fill any of these blank spaces with a paint brush to the colour of the background. Alternatively, enlarge the photographs to cover all spaces. Do not compromise on the proportion of the image though.

Lastly, check the scale of the images. Make sure that the scale of all the images is consistent. We want to avoid having images of different sizes