How to Make a Photo Collage

Making photo collages is easy-peasy in PicMonkey’s Collage tool:

1. Hover over the Collage button on the homepage to open your pics in the collage maker.
2. Pick a layout and drop your photos into the cells.
3. Customize your photo collage with colors, swatches, and more.
4. Save your collage to your computer, or share via email or social media.

Check out this short video tutorial for an in-depth look at our collage maker. And if you’re searching for some creative inspo, take a look at our collage projects page.

If you’re more of a readerly type, here’s the lowdown on how to make photo collages with PicMonkey.

1. Open your photos in Collage

To make a photo collage with PicMonkey, start by choosing Collage on the homepage.

Hover over Collage in the top menu of the PicMonkey homepage. You’ll see a number of options appear. Choose where your photos live (you can open pictures from your computer, Facebook, OneDrive, DropBox, or Hub). To open more than one picture at once, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard while you click the photos that you want. You can always add more photos once you’re working in Collage.

To add more photos from your computer, click Add images at the top of the photo tray. If your images are stored somewhere else, click the arrow next to Add images and choose your photos’ location.

2. Choose a layout and add your photos

Add images to your photo collage with PicMonkey.

Click the Layouts tab on the far left, and choose from the variety of collage layout options. If you don’t see something that strikes your fancy, you can click Create your own and build one from a single cell. Also, layouts are totes flexible, so you can make changes to any existing design that almost works for you. Wanna know more? Check out our “Every-Question-Answering Introduction to Collage” article. 

Click the Photos tab on the far left and drag pics from the photo tray into your photo collage. Or you can click Autofill at the top of the photo tray and let PicMonkey do it for you. Checkmarks will appear on images in the tray that you have placed into the collage.

You can remove photos from your collage at any point by hovering over the photo until you see an “X” in the corner, and then clicking it.

3. Customize your photo collage

Edit the images in your photo collage with PicMonkey.

Now, the really good stuff: To edit the pictures within each cell, click the edit button (the pencil icon that appears when you hover over an image in your collage). An editing palette will pop up, with a Basic tab that lets you resize, rotate, flip, and adjust the exposure of the image. Move the Size slider to change the size of an image in its cell, or use the Fill cell and Fit to cell buttons to snap the pic into place. You can also click the image and drag it around in the cell until you’re happy with it.

If you have PicMonkey, click the Effects button on the Edit image palette to edit individual photos in cells. You can quickly apply our most popular photo effects without leaving Collage, or click the Open image in Editor button to take a quick trip to the Editor for text, overlays, and anything else your heart desires.

To tweak the sizes of your cells, hover your mouse over the border of a cell and you’ll see two blue lines appear. Click the lines and drag your cursor to adjust the size of the cells. Watch them shrink or grow and rearrange themselves beautifully.

To add new cells to the collage, drag a photo from your tray to the inner border or outer edge of a cell. When the thin blue bar appears, drop in your photo.

To adjust the background of your collage, click the Background tab. Use the sliders to play with the spacing of your photos and how round their edges are. You can also change the color of your background—you can manually input a hex value, use the color picker, or click the eyedropper to pluck color straight from your pictures.

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

To add fun blocks of color to your collage, click the Swatches tab. Bam! You now have a bunch of colorful, patterned swatches in your photo tray. To see more swatch options, click the button on the drop-down menu and select a different theme. Swatches are really great if you want to add text to your collage, or if you just want to break up a huddle of images.

If you want to work on the collage as one image, click Export to Editor in the top toolbar. This will ship your design into the Editor for overlays and text. Just remember — especially with effects, textures, and frames — that they get applied to the entire collage at this point (unless you use the paintbrush/eraser to apply it to a smaller area).

Note: Be absolutely sure you love your collage design before you send it to the Editor, because once it’s there it becomes flattened. You won’t be able to change the design of the collage anymore.

4. Save your collage and share it with the world

Save your photo collage to your computer or Hub with PicMonkey.

To save your collage to your computer, click Save on the top toolbar. You can also save it to Hub, in case you wanna edit it later. Share your collage via email or social media by clicking Share. Now stand back and admire your work of staggering genius.