How to Make a Picture Collage

How to Make a Picture Collage
August 3, 2017 PicMonkey

PicMonkey’s collage tool is by far the easiest, most efficient way to create collages for your Facebook covers, Instagram posts, invites and announcements, or to print and hang on your wall. Here’s how to make a picture collage in just 10 simple steps.

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1. Import your images into the collage maker

Hover over the Collage button at the very top of the homepage. A dark grey bar with image storage options (Computer, My Hub, Facebook, or one of the options under More) appears below it. Click one to get your images. Alternatively, you can explore Collage with our sample images by clicking Samples.

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You can also import images by clicking Open new once you’ve launched Collage.

Tip: You can select several images at once (using Command-click on Mac or Control-click on Windows) and the whole group will drop into Collage’s image tray instantly.

2. Choose a collage layout

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Click the Layouts tab on the far left. Layouts are completely flexible, so you can make changes to any design you choose. Here are some of our most popular ones:

Square Deal – 2000 x 2000 pixels

FB Cover – 1702 x 630 pixels

Pinter-etsy – 700 x 1000 pixels

If you’re planning on creating a Facebook cover, choose FB Cover. Or if you want to make a Pinterest pin, choose Pinter-etsy. Square Deal is perfect for Instagram posts.

3. Check the pixel dimensions

The bottom toolbar shows the overall dimensions of the collage. If you’ve chosen a specific layout such as the FB Cover, you’ll want to leave the dimensions as is. You can easily change dimensions by hovering and dragging your mouse over an outer border of your collage. When you see two thin blue lines appear, move the double arrow to stretch or shrink it. You can also do so by typing new numbers in the dimensions toolbar. If you need to unlock the proportions, click the padlock icon.

4. Add images into collage layout

how to make a picture collage

Click the Images tab on the far left. Drag images from the image tray and drop them into your photo collage. Or you can click the Autofill button in the top toolbar, and see if you like the arrangement. Check marks appear on images in the tray that have been placed into the collage.

You can remove images from the collage at any point, but you can only remove them from the image tray if they’re not being used in the collage. Remove by hovering over the images until you see an “X” in the corner and click it.

5. Edit your collage images

how to make a picture collage

Hover over an image in a collage cell and you’ll see a circle with a pencil in the middle. Click it and the Edit Image palette appears, as well as a white outline around the image you’ve selected. The Basic tab of that palette lets you resize, rotate, flip, and adjust the exposure of the image. Move the Size slider to zoom in, or use the Fill cell and Fit to cell buttons to snap it into place. If you’re zoomed in, click on the image and drag it around in the cell until you like its new cropping.

You can add some of our most popular effects to your images by clicking Effects in the Edit Image palette. For more advanced image editing, click the Open image in Editor button and you’ll be taken to the Editor. There you can play around with light effects, experiment with blend modes and textures, and add interesting graphics. Once you’ve made all your edits, click Back to Collage and you’ll be taken back to your collage.

6. Modify your collage layout

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To tweak the sizes of the images, hover your mouse over the inner border of a cell, and you’ll see two blue lines and the mouse pointer will become a double-headed arrow. Drag the arrow to adjust the size of the images, and watch them shrink or grow and re-arrange themselves beautifully.

To add new cells to the collage, drag an image onto an inner border or outer edge of a cell. When the thin blue bar appears, drop your image into it. To delete a cell, hover your mouse over it until the X appears and click it. Hover over an image you’ve placed in a cell and the move cursor (four arrows) will appear. Use it to drag your image a bit to adjust its position in the cell.

7. Add a background color

how to make a picture collage

Click the Background tab on the far left (the paint pallet icon). Adjust the Spacing, Corner rounding, and Color sliders until your background is just right. Use the Eyedropper to match the background color to a particular color in the photo.

Tip: If you’re creating a photo collage project that requires a transparent background, check the Transparent background box at the bottom and be sure to save the file as a .PNG. 

8. Add a color swatch

how to make a picture collage

Click the Swatches tab (the tags icon). Bam! You now have a bunch of colorful swatches, solid and patterned, in your image tray. To see more swatch options, click the dropdown button and select a different theme.

After you’ve dragged a swatch into an empty cell, click the Send to Editor button in the top toolbar. This will bring your entire design into the Editor, where you can add graphics and text.

Note: Be absolutely sure you love your collage design before you click Send to Editor, because there’s no going back to Collage to fix a few things after you’ve brought it into the Editor.

9. Add text to your collage

how to make a picture collage

In the Editor, use the text tool to write your message and apply it to a cell or a portion of your collage. You can also add graphics and anything else in the editing panel. Just remember that effects, textures, and frames get applied to the entire collage at this point, unless you use the paintbrush/eraser to apply it to a smaller area.

10. Save your collage and share it on social

When you’re all finished, click Save and your collage will be saved in Hub. To stash it on your computer, OneDrive, or Dropbox, click Export. After you admire your heartbreaking work of staggering genius, upload it to your favorite social site or print it out and post it to your refrigerator!

To sum it all up:

  1. Import your images into the collage maker
  2. Choose a collage layout
  3. Check the pixel dimensions
  4. Add images into collage layout
  5. Edit your collage images
  6. Modify your collage layout
  7. Add a background color
  8. Add a color swatch
  9. Add text to your collage
  10. Save your collage and share it on social media

 

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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 good pictures and take over the world.