How to Make a Collage

How to Make a Collage
November 12, 2018 PicMonkey

When you really sit and think about it, making a collage is the answer to most questions in life. Or, at the very least, these questions:

  • How can I show the individual pieces of this poppin’ outfit?
  • How can I show before-and-after usage of my product?
  • How can I show how easy it is to make this thing?

You better believe it’s collage time! In this tutorial we’ll walk you through two different approaches to make a collage masterpiece. The first involves creating a gridded collage, and the second shows how you can make something a little more free-form. Watch this video or skim below to get the details:

I. Make a collage (gridded-style)

Make a collage, like these gridded one for summer cocktails.

A gridded collage gives your pics a neat, orderly look and feel. This style of collage is especially good for recipes, instructions, steps — anything that’s ordered.

Choose a collage template

Make a collage by picking a template.

To see your collage layout options, scroll down to “Collage layouts and blank canvases” at the bottom of the PicMonkey homepage (be sure you’re signed in!), then click “Collage.” Alternatively, you can click “Templates” at the top of the homepage and type “blank” into the search bar, then select “blank” from the tag options that appear; then do the same for “collage.”

Click one of the 36 fully customizable blank collage designs to preview it, then Customize to begin editing it and making it your own.

Replace images with your own

Make a collage by replacing template images with your own photographs or graphics.

Once you’ve got your collage template open, click the gray “Replace with image” boxes and the Graphic palette will open. Click Replace and open your desired image from your computer or Hub.

Make a collage by replacing images with your own pictures.

If your image is larger than the bounding box and you want to change which parts show, click the image in the design, and the Graphic palette appears. Click Erase at the top of the palette, then click the Crop button (far right) and select Crop resize. Drag the image left/right or up/down until you like what you see.

Add effects, textures, and your own text


Now comes the real fun. Remember that in PicMonkey, you can apply anything to anything. So click on a photo in your collage, then click the  Effects tab (magic wand icon) and choose whatever floats your boat. If it’s a portrait—or even if it’s not—jam on those Touch Up tools.

To change up the background of your collage, click Layers palette (square pancakes icon in bottom toolbar), then click the background layer. Add your new color by clicking the Edits tab, then Background Color. Or you can click the Textures tab, and have at it with whatever funky texture your creative heart desires. You can add a texture to a graphic or a photo too—feel the freedom!

Your work has been saved, automatically, to your Hub cloud storage but you can also export it (Export button in top toolbar) or share it directly (Share button in top toolbar).

II. Make a picture collage ~free-form styles~

Make a collage like this free-form one by starting with a blank canvas.

If you feel boxed-in by gridded collages, step out into the sunshine and breathe: you can also overlap your photos and add graphics or non-rectangular photos (like ones with the background removed, or photos in a shape mask) in any non-linear placement you like. The basic trick is to start with a blank canvas instead of a template.

Click Create New to make a collage with a blank template.

Click Create new at the top of the PicMonkey homepage, then click Blank canvas and choose one from the gallery. Add your photos by clicking the Graphics tab (geometric shapes icon), then Add your own button at the top-left.

Make a collage and apply effects and text to your collage elements.

Once you’ve added your photos to the background, add effects to them, any text you like, possibly some graphics, and all the creative experimentation your timeline allows for. Here’s one idea…

Add an image in a shape mask

Mask an image into a shape to make a collage.

To make an image poke through a shape in your collage, add a graphic from the Graphics tab—check out the Basic group, for starters. Once it’s placed in your design, click the graphic, then head to the Textures tab. Click Add your own and choose the place where your image is stored, then click your image. It will show up within the boundaries of the shape graphic: super magico!

You can also add several shapes and apply one image across all of the shapes. Just hold shift while you click each image, then head to textures and add your own image from there.


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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.