There are several ways to create a collage from a photo – using special online services, using Photoshop, Word and so on. Each of the methods has features and tools to make fantasies come true.
Here is an overview of the best methods for making a composition of photos on your own and leaving the memory of the most important events for a lifetime
Create a collage on your PC
First, let’s look at how to create a collage on a PC using various programs.
One of the easiest ways to create a photo collage is to do it at Power Point. This is a lightweight program from Microsoft that allows you to create compositions from photos and ordinary pictures on one slide.
Method # 1:
- Right-click on the Windows desktop.
- Select the New button, and then Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Go to the Design tab and immediately change the page settings. If left unchanged, the slide will be small. In the Slide Size category (for older versions – Page Setup), you can manually set its dimensions.
- Go to the main tab and click the New Slide button and select Blank Slide.
- In the section Insert add a picture from a file that you want to select from the window that opens.
- Insert the next image, which falls on top of the first one.
- Go to the Picture Tools section in the top menu.
- Enter Crop to remove unwanted parts of the photo.
- Click on the background to return to the previous mode.
- Add a border to the second photo to highlight it. To do this, right-click on the image and enter the Image Format section. There you need the Shadow buttons and the 3D shape format.
- Use different settings to achieve the desired result.
- Using the same principle, add more photos and edit them according to your personal vision.
Microsoft OfficePoint is very easy to use and in a few hours you will be able to create even complex photo collages. At the final stage, do not forget to save the finished composition. To do this, go to the Save As section and select Other Formats. Then select the JPEG image.
Method # 2:
- Sign in.
- Go to the Insert button.
- Pay attention to the Images section. There are several options here – drawing (adding one photo to the slide), snapshot (inserting a screenshot), picture (image from the web) and photo album (creating a slideshow).
- Select any of the options, then paste desired number of images, adjust locations and sizes. For more precision, use the Grid and Guides tool. Please note that when choosing a photo album, the number of images is not more than four.
- Use the effects that are available in the program. To do this, click on the image and go to the Format section to make changes to the hue, appearance, shape and other data. This way you can change the design of all the pictures.
- Combine the photos into one composition. To do this, select the objects and click on the Group button.
Method # 3:
- Go to the View tab in the top menu.
- Click the Slide Master button.
- Click the Insert Layout button.
- Click the button Insert a placeholder and select a picture from the list.
- Set the desired size of the placeholder with the left mouse button. Just hold it down and stretch it to the desired size.
- Name it Collage and exit the slide master.
Finally, add a photo and add effects like available in the program.
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An easy way to create a photo collage is to do it in Word. This method allows you not to install additional applications, because most users already have Word on their computer.
The general algorithm of actions is as follows:
- Enter Word.
- Click on the Insert section.
- Click on the Table item.
- Select the appropriate format.
Add photos and edit them according to your interests.
Finally, save the image and print. This method is simple, but it has limited functionality in terms of effects and editing.
Collegiator is a simple program for making photo collages. Pre-download the software and install it on your PC. After that, do the following:
- In the main menu, select New Collage.
- Decide on the size of the future composition. If you plan to print an image, use A4 format.
- Select a template from one of the photos shown in the window. There are five options available with different arrangement of pictures.
- Click on the “+” symbol on the right side to add the images needed for the photo collage.
- Move the images to the desired positions according to your personal preference.
- Go to File, then Export.
- Choose a storage location and confirm the action.
With Collegerator, you can quickly create a collage by spending on work no more than 5-7 minutes. The main disadvantage of this option is limited functionality.
Photoshop provides almost limitless possibilities for creating collages from photos. in that to use it you need to have a basic set of knowledge and be able to use the available tools.
Below is a simple guide for beginners:
- Open the program, click on the File button at the top left and Open.
- Add the required number of images.
- Prepare the background.
- Go to the one of interest image and use the Rectangular Selection tool.
- Select the photo, click on the Edit button and select Copy.
- Go to the background tab and paste the image.
- Adjust location and size of the photo. In the latter case, go to the Editing section, and then – Scaling.
Next, transfer the rest of the images to the background, set their size and position. After completing the work, go to the Layers section and right-click on the Background. Next, select the section on merging visible layers. Finally, save the collage made in Photoshop.
This is a handy software for creating collages from photos on your computer. To download the program for free, go to collageitfree.com, and then to Download. There, find the version for your PC and download it.
The principle of operation is the same as in other programs:
- Choose the appropriate template.
- Upload photos using the Add button.
- Change the sorting if necessary.
- Adjust the indents and other parameters.
- Save the finished collage and give it an individual name.
The software is intuitive, so even beginners will not be difficult to deal with it. For best results, try different tools and take your time. Please note that maximum functionality is only available after purchase.
The easiest way to create a collage on your computer is to go to fotor.com and use its features. It is available to everyone, does not require payment and installation of programs.
Before starting work, you need to register in order to save the finished collage and get access to all the tools. Alternatively, you can log in through your Facebook profile and thereby avoid registration.
To create a photo collage, follow the algorithm:
- On the left side, select the template that suits you best.
- Wait for it to load in the center of the display.
- Add photos here. To do this, at the top of the screen, click on the Open button, and then Computer. Select the photos you want for the collage. All uploaded pictures are displayed on the left of the screen.
- Move the images to the template according to your intentions.
Then edit each photo. The capabilities of the online service allow you to center it, apply different effects, change the texture and shade, adjust the size and add a frame. Everything is intuitively clear, so there is no point in dwelling on this issue in more detail.
At the last stage, save your work by clicking the button of the same name at the top of the site. In the window that appears, specify the name of the document, its type and quality.
After that, click on the Download button. If you follow the instructions above, you will make a photo collage online and for free without installing additional programs. Alternatively, you can use the online portal Mycollages.ru. It is similar in functionality and available to novice users.
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Collage on a smartphone
You can also create a photo collage on your smartphone. How can you do this?
A simple photo collage can be created on Instagram. For this you need:
- Log into the Instagram app on your smartphone.
- Log in to the page if you haven’t already.
- Click the + button at the bottom of the screen.
- Go to Gallery (for Android smartphones) or Library (for iPhones).
- Click on the window symbol with three sections (one large on the left and two small ones on the right side).
- Click on the Download Layout button.
- Download the application from the Play Store. The system automatically redirects to it.
- Wait for the download and click on the Install button.
- Click on the Open link.
- Scroll through the instructions to inform about the specifics of using the program.
- Click the Get Started button.
- Allow Layout to access photos and media on the device.
The above is a preparatory stage for installing and configuring software. Next, do the following:
- Choose suitable images. You can add up to nine photos here.
- Decide on a suitable layout you will use.
- Click on a part of the collage to change it. Then you can adjust the size, move the image to a different position, mirror the photo, and make other adjustments.
- Click the Save button and then Next.
Now open Instagram and select the newly made photo collage in the Gallery. To decorate it, select a filter and click Share if you want to display the finished image in a story or post.
On the phone using apps
Optionally, you can make a photo collage on your phone using one of the many applications. Let’s consider several options:
1. Collage Maker & Photo Editor
This is a handy application that allows you to create a collage right on your smartphone. There is a mix of up to 18 different photos, over 100 frame layouts and a huge selection of stickers and effects.
With the help of software, you can make a collage in your own style, using different fonts and pictures. It is possible to add text and filters, store photos with a blurred background, etc. Users note the convenience and great functionality of the software.
2. Photo Editor
This is a versatile application with which it is convenient to edit photos, add many stylish effects to them, use different tools and create collages.
Finished works can be published on Instagram, VKontakte and other services. The assortment includes a large number of original stickers, stylish photo filters and photo effects, the ability to create highlights and shadows, and a number of other options.
3. Collage Photo & Grid
This program is specially designed to create collages from photos. It is enough to choose a layout, add a picture and make the necessary editing using filters.
The software allows you to combine up to 18 photos. It is allowed to change the background, font and stickers. You can crop and edit photos, save and share images in high resolution.
These are just a few of the programs you can use on your phone to create photo collages. You can use other options if you wish.
Now you know how to create a photo collage on your own online, using a computer or on your phone. Depending on the option, it may take a different amount of time to explore the available tools. For beginners, online services and phone apps are more suitable. Going forward, you can use more powerful applications like Photoshop to add additional effects and create more complex compositions.
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