PicMonkey’s collage maker tool is located in the PicMonkey editor. (Those who’ve used collage in Old PicMonkey take note that there is not a separate collage area in New PicMonkey.)
The left tabs toolbar & collage editing panel
Select Collage from the left tabs toolbar to open the collage maker tool.
When you start a new design, the size of your canvas or image will determine the shape of the collage layouts. For instance, if you create a new project with a square Facebook post canvas, you will see layouts that are oriented as squares.
In the collage panel you’ll find layouts to scroll through. Choose a layout with one, two, five, or even 64 cells. You can click through the layouts and they will preview larger on your canvas.
Above the layouts you’ll find the familiar rotate and flip icons.
The Spacing and Corner rounding sliders change the size and shape of the border surrounding the cells. There are two distinct states for spacing: locked and unlocked.
Locked vs. unlocked spacing
When the Spacing slider is locked (the chain link icon is shown), adjusting the slider will increase or decrease the spacing (padding) of ALL the borders—both the spacing surrounding the cell, and the outer border of the collage—uniformly. Click to unlock it if you want the spacing and borders to be different.
When the Spacing slider is unlocked (the chain link icon is broken), you can adjust the padding of the outer border independently of the inner cell spacing, and vice versa. Note that if you click the chain link icon again to lock spacing, the outer border will become the same size as the inner borders.
Corner rounding slider
Use the Corner rounding slider to round the edges of the cells. Pushing the slider all the way to 100% will create circle shapes from squares.
Collage within the Layers palette
In the Layers palette (launch from the three stacked squares icon on the bottom toolbar), you will see your collage and all its associated cells individually nested below “Collage Background." Click any of the layers to edit, including the Collage Background.
If you add any additional design elements to your collage such as text or graphics, they will sit “on top” of your collage (which is serving as the design’s background), and you will see them as usual represented as individual layers above the background layer. (Note: you cannot place text or graphics inside of individual cells, but you can position them perfectly by resizing, cropping, and using the alignment tools.)
Saving and downloading your collage
Your collage, like all your designs in PicMonkey, saves automatically to Hub. The collage will save as a multi-layered file which preserves the ability to return to your project at a later time and continue editing. Even the individual cells of the collage remain editable.
Note to Old PicMonkey users: Unlike Old PicMonkey, you don’t have to move your collage to the editor or manually save it.
You can download or share your collage just as you would any PicMonkey design—unless it contains a video or an animated GIF graphic, then you must download it to your computer directly.