Several of you have been asking how I do my collages so I thought I would post this for you so you can get started and have some fun of your own. If this is confusing, let me know...I tend to go overboard on details sometimes, lol!
1: Open up a new palate. On the menu bar click on "image" and in your drop down menu choose "canvas size". Under "print size" you change the size to 8 x 10 or 12 x 12...whatever size suits your style. Click "okay".
2: To change the color of your background make sure your "colors" window and your "tools" window are visable. (if not, on your menu bar choose "window" and then choose the windows you want to be visable). Pick what color you want and then on your tool bar choose the paint bucket tool. Click once on your canvas and "voila"! You have a canvas.
3: To insert a picture go to your menu bar choose "layer", and "insert from file". Select your picture.
4: To resize a picture, make sure it is selected and use your "move pixels" tool and grab a corner. Hold your shift key down and it will stay in perspective-it won't get all stretched out or anything.
5: Do any editing you would like to do now: B & W, B & W with a little touch of color, Sepia...There are several options under "Adjustments" and "Effects".
6: To move the picture around just make sure the layer is selected and use your" move seelcted pixels" tool.
8: To add borders to your pictures what I do is use my "colors" window and select the color I want and then choose my "rectangle tool". To change the thickness change the "brush width" at the bottom of your menu bar. I sometimes add these in their own layer. If you have some of the plugins, you can go to your menu, choose effects, and in the dropdown menu there is an option that says "render" and then you can choose border. Make sure what you want bordered is selected first. Otherwise it will just put a border on the background. You can edit this with all different kinds of effects.
9. Adding text: Make sure that you add the text in a layer of it's own so that you can move it later.
10. Basically, each thing that I do I put into a new layer so I can change things around without messing up everything I do like.
Have fun with this! I have updated some of this since I have learned how do several things in an easier fashion. The key is make sure that you save the file both as a paint.NET image for later editing as well as a JPEG for uploading and printing. Saving as a JPEG it will ask you to "flatten the image" so if you do not have your backup paint.NET image, you can not edit later.
Here is one that I did. I have several others on my profile: