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How to Make a Collage | Create Photo & Video Collages

Collages are a great way to use your photos and images to tell a story. Whether you want to capture the impact of a trip you took, explain how to use a product, or capture the essence of your brand, a collage takes its viewers on a journey that stays with them in a way standalone images can't. Learn how to make a collage that tells your story with PicMonkey's collage maker. Customize with divine color palettes, flexible spacing and sizing, text, graphics, and more.

Pre-made templates can help get you started fast. Plus, you have access to millions of stock images to fill in any gaps. It's a simple 5-step process that can be used for photo cards, ads, banners, mood boards, and more. Let's get started!

How to make a collage in 5 simple steps

If you're done with the classic collage-making modge-podge mess (say that five times fast, eh?), we've got the scoop for you. Here's how to make a picture collage fast.

  1. Open the collage maker & choose a layout.

  2. Fill the cells with images.

  3. Adjust the sizing of the cells.

  4. Adjust the spacing, border, & cell corners.

  5. Add text & graphics if you want. Done!

Now, for the fun stuff. Learn how to make a photo collage that grabs everyone's attention with these deets.

1. Open the collage maker & choose a layout

On your PicMonkey homepage, click Create new > Collage. You can see the layouts larger on the canvas by clicking them. You can always change the layout later on during your design process if you decide you’d like a different look, and you can resize the whole collage on the fly.

The cells are all empty to start. You can set a cell’s background color, or fill it with images or videos. Or, you can simply delete a cell if you don’t want to use it.

Pro tip: Choose your colors wisely depending on how you wish for your audience (or you!) to feel while looking at it. Colors evoke moods, so what's your vibe today?

2. Fill the cells with images
Fill the cells with a photo or video

Click the Photos & Video tab. Drag and drop any of our stock photos or videos on the left into a cell in your collage. Or, click Add image from the top toolbar to upload one or several of your own, and then drag and drop them into cells.

All your uploaded photos will remain in the "Uploaded" tab of the browsing panel during your design session, but will not save in Hub. Click Autofill Cells to randomly fill the cells with your uploaded photos. 

Once your image is inside a cell, click it to open the Image tools menu on the left, where you can make the photo larger with the size slider, then grab and drag the photo to “slide” it around inside the cell. You can also do this with videos, as well as trim the length of the video clip by selecting Trim Video on the Video Tools menu.

Fill the cells with a different color

Select the cell then click Fill with color from the Image Tools menu. (Note that if you’re a PicMonkey Pro subscriber, your brand color palettes will be displayed at the top for easy access.)

Fill the cells with a texture

Select a filled cell to apply a texture to, then click the Textures tab on the left. Browse, choose, and customize the look of the texture. Click Apply when finished. (Remember that the starting color/image of the cell will affect the appearance of the texture applied on top. Or, set the Fade slider in textures to 0% to make your texture completely opaque.) 

Change your collage background

Click your background layer on the Layers panel, then click Background color from the Background tools menu on the left in order to select a new color.

Your collage layout will start with a default white background, but you can change it just like you can change the look of the cells—with a different color, a photo, a video, a texture. ..you get the idea!

On the Layers panel, click your background layer. This will open the Background Tools menu on the left, where you can either replace it with an image or change the color. 

3. Adjust the sizing of the cells

To resize an individual cell, click it and drag either the horizontal or vertical handle to stretch or shrink. Notice that the other cells resize in relation to the one you are resizing. Change the size of the image within the cell if you like.

Delete a cell you don’t need by clicking the “X” in the upper right corner. If the cell is filled, you need to clear it first by clicking the “X.” 

Need to add a cell? Just drag an image onto your collage and hover in between cells until you see a blue bar, release your cursor and a new cell will automatically be created. Sweet!

4. Adjust the spacing, border, & cell corners

To increase the spacing between the cells, use the Spacing slider in the collage editing panel. You’ll notice that there is a lock (chain icon) next to the Spacing slider. When the spacing function is locked, the outer border resizes at the same size as the inner borders.

When the spacing function is unlocked, you can change the spacing of the outer border and inner cell borders independent of each other — just be aware that if you lock spacing again, the border will revert to the same size as the inner borders.

5. Add text & graphics if you want

Go ahead and add some graphics and/or text to your collage design. If you do add these elements to your collage, they will sit “on top” of your collage and you’ll see them represented as individual layers in the Layers panel. You can customize your graphics and text just as you normally would!

Pro tip: While graphics and text don’t go inside your cells, you can still line them up perfectly when you turn on the alignment tools from the bottom toolbar (accessible via Settings—the wheel icon).

Resizing your collage

Collage layouts all start as 2000 x 2000 pixels, but you are by no means limited by that! Change the size of your collage at any point in your design process by clicking the Edits tab on the left; then click Resize.

Click the little chain icon on the right if the new dimensions aren't the same square proportion, then type the dimensions in the width and height boxes. You'll notice that when you go back to the Collage tab, all the layouts in the browsing panel now appear in the new dimensions. You can go back and forth, changing layouts and dimensions to your heart's content.

After you’ve changed the size of your collage, remember that you can still edit the images within the cells so they appear best within the new size.

Pro subscribers have the added benefit of quickly reformatting to multiple sizes with our Smart Resize tool. When you’ve completed your collage design, click Smart Resize on the top toolbar and choose the pre-set size or social media asset type that you’d like to convert your collage to.

Resizing to fit Pinterest. You can change the placement of images within the cell after using Smart Resize.

All done with your collage? Time to share it with the world! Your collage, like all your designs in PicMonkey, saves automatically to Hub, PicMonkey’s cloud storage. Your collage saves as a multi-layered file which means you can return to it at a later time and continue editing. Even the individual cells of the collage remain editable. 

Go ahead and 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 first. Choose among JPG, PNG, PDF (for Pro subscribers), or directly upload to your social media platform of choice.

More collage making resources

There are SO many reasons to make eye-catching photo collages. And remember, while you can go all out with as many pics and videos as you like, you can also scale it down by making a simple two or three pic photo collage.

Interested by don't know why you'd need to make one? We've got a few ideas:

  • Wedding announcements

  • Business brochures

  • Graduation announcements

  • New baby announcement

  • Invitations

  • Mood boards

  • Vision boards

  • and so much more!

Anddd, if you're a collage-y kinda person and don't wanna wait for an occasion to make one, why not turn your next Instagram post into a collage? You can even make a social media collage collection to build consistency for future content. The collage world is infinite!

Whether you start with a collage template off the bat or start with a particular template first, you can always switch it into a collage later! If you do the latter method, just click Collage on the top toolbar and select your layout to customize.

And of course, we can't let you go without a few of our other tutorials to crush your collage game:

  • Aesthetic Collage Ideas

  • How to Make a Video Collage

  • Create Instagram Story Collages for Sweet Multi-Image Looks

  • How to Create a Mirror Image with the Collage Tool

  • Easily Make a Side by Side Photo With Collage

We're confident you now know how to make a collage like a pro. Now go on and prove us right!

3 Simple Tips for Making Collage


Eli Hill

May 15, 2019 8:34PM

Hannah Höch

Da-Dandy, 1919

Private Collection, Berlin


Ehryn Torrell

Secondary Collage [02], 2017


Dada artist Hannah Höch used collage as a way to create social commentaries and surrealist worlds. Contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu cuts up magazines in order to reimagine the images that we’re accustomed to seeing. And Barbara Kruger combines images with text to reframe language and surprise her audience. These artists, and many others, take advantage of the ripe artistic potential of collage. They meld together stray materials, found objects, and text to create transfixing works of art. Best of all, collage is incredibly accessible for artists of all levels.

To get started with collage, all you need is some source material, a few tools, and an eye for composition. For those looking to try out collage for the first time, or to hone their skills, we’ve outlined what you need to know before diving in.

Find the right backing and adhesive

Hollie Chastain, Psychopomp. Courtesy of the artist.

Wangechi Mutu

In Killing Fields Sweet Butterfly Ascend, 2003

rosenfeld porcini


To begin, you’ll want to prepare yourself with a few supplies, such as a support, tools for cutting into paper and photographs, and some adhesives.

For the backing––the support that will hold your collaged pieces––you have a wide array of options. Some artists prefer collaging onto a board, such as plywood or particleboard, while others prefer working directly onto a piece of paper. Make sure the backing supports your materials. If you’re planning on using paint or other liquid materials in your collage, consider using canvas or mixed-media paper.

Next, consider how you want to adhere your materials to the backing. For many collage artists, archival adhesives such as Yes! Paste, UHU glue sticks, or gel medium work well for layering papers, fabrics, and photographs.

Hollie Chastain, Paradise Lost. Courtesy of the artist.

Hollie Chastain, author of If You Can Cut You Can Collage, advises beginners to try out adhesives with source materials before starting their collage. “Every type of paper reacts differently to every type of adhesive and it can be easy to get discouraged when you add an element to a careful composition and the paper bubbles or smears,” Chastain explained.

If you’re considering alternative methods for adhering materials, such as staples, needle and thread, tape, or image transfer, make sure you have a backing that will support these methods. For example, if you plan to sew photographs onto the backing, or embroider your collage, you’ll want to choose a backing that isn’t too thick or dense, such as paper or canvas.

Lastly, you’ll want to gather some tools for cutting up your source material. Aside from scissors, tools with blades such as X-acto knives or rotary cutters will help you achieve sharp edges. To create precise simple shapes, artist Anthony Iacono uses hole punchers, and other bladed tools that he finds in craft stores. “I recommend going to Michaels, and just spending time in the scrapbooking aisles, or the sewing aisles,” Iacono offered. “When you’re starting out, stealing ideas from the craft world can be a really interesting source for inspiration.”

Gather source materials—and make your own

Anthony Iacono, Bird of Paradise, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Marinaro Gallery.

Anthony Iacono, Rose, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Marinaro Gallery.

To develop a library of collage materials, you may want to parse through what you already have, before purchasing anything new.

Before Iacono took up collage as his primary medium, he created sculptures. When he made his first collages, he used what was nearest to him: cheap craft paint that he used on his sculptural works. Since then, he’s moved onto using high-quality paint, but when he was beginning, the simpler materials were ripe for experimentation and a source of inspiration. In addition to art materials you may have, personal photos, old books and clothing, or recycled paper can all serve as great collage materials.

“My least favorite material is new, shiny magazine paper,” Chastain said. “It doesn’t take adhesives well because of the coating and can be frustrating, especially for someone just starting out.” She prefers to use periodicals from the ’60s and ’70s, and frequents library discard sales in search of inspiring books. Another way to scout out found photographs, is by using image libraries, such as the New York Public Library’s image collection, or sifting through open source images on Google, Flickr, and Wikimedia Commons.

You may prefer to create your own source materials. Iacono paints and cuts every piece of paper he uses in his collage. To create your own library, you may also want to cut up old artworks you are no longer attached to, print images on specific pieces of paper or fabric, or take photographs specifically for your collage.

Plan out your composition before gluing it down

Duncan Hannah

Collage, 2012

Galerie Pixi - Marie Victoire Poliakoff


Avelino Sala

Artforum Collage 1, 2017

Ethan Cohen Gallery

Price on request

Before you adhere your source material to your backing, take some time to plan out your composition. Unlike other 2D mediums that rely on direct mark-making, such as painting or drawing, collage offers the opportunity to arrange the various elements of your artwork. “Lay all the elements out before committing with glue and move them around…until it feels right,” Chastain suggested. Take advantage of the medium’s flexibility by trying out different arrangements.

Iacono begins his works by making drawings and color studies; he then uses those preparatory works to develop his sharp compositions of carefully layered pieces.

If you’re not sure how to go about planning your artwork, try focusing on one or two of the basic elements of composition: color, form, line, shape, texture, or value. Or, as Chastain recommends, try limiting the amount of pieces you’re working with. “If it feels like you need to cover your entire working area with clipped figures and color and texture, try laying everything out the way you think you want it and then taking two things away,” she suggested.

Eli Hill

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How to make a collage: 10 free tools

February 18, 2020LikbezTechnologii

Compose images on any device with these handy tools.



1. Google Photos

Platforms : Web, Android, iOS.

The simplest collage can be created using the popular Google Photos app. It is enough to select several images in the gallery, click on the plus and select "Collage". However, you won't be able to customize anything. Therefore, Google Photos is only suitable for users for whom the location of pictures and other collage parameters are not particularly important.


Price: Free


Price: Free

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2. Photo Grid

Platforms : Android, iOS.

Photo Grid offers a variety of design templates and grids to help you quickly create a medium-sized collage. The program supports stickers and allows you to draw over images. With filters and simple color adjustment tools, you can fine-tune the look of your photos.

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Price: Free

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3. Layout

platforms: Android, iOS.

This app from Instagram* was a hit right after it was released. Although Layout doesn't include stickers, filters, color corrector, and many other tools, it lets you compose multiple shots in seconds and adjust their position to your liking. This is because the Layout interface is great for small touch screens.


Price: Free


Price: Free

4. Pic Collage

Platforms : Windows, Android, iOS.

Pic Collage has many rectangular grids in its arsenal. But you can also place photos in an arbitrary way, without strict alignment with each other. In addition, the program has several templates for creating collages in the form of postcards. You can overlay text, stickers, filters on images and adjust their borders.

If you are interested in Pic Collage, keep in mind: the free version leaves a watermark on all saved collages.


Price: Free


Price: Free


Price: Free

5. Instagram*


Recently, you can compose multiple photos directly on Instagram*. To do this, in the story creation menu, you need to turn on the “Collage” shooting mode and select a template with the required number of shots. Photos taken after that will appear on the screen in the form of a grid, which can then be published or saved.


Price: Free


Price: Free



Platforms: Web, Android, iOS.

Canva is designed to create collage graphics for presentations, resumes, certificates, posters, book covers or social profiles. The developers have added a lot of blanks that greatly simplify such work. By selecting the desired template, the user can quickly edit it to suit their needs, add charts, various shapes, text, and other elements.



Price: Free

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7. Befunky

Platforms: Web, Android, iOS.

This service combines a photo editor and a powerful collage manager. At the user's disposal are grids of various types, background settings, shape and size of photos. And if you need to thoroughly correct the finished collage, you can always use a graphic editor.


Price: Free


Price: Free

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Platforms : Web, Windows, Android, iOS.

PicsArt offers an impressive collection of photo compositing grids and various settings for backgrounds, image borders and aspect ratios in a collage. There are also templates in the form of photo frames. You can decorate pictures with stickers, draw on them and write in different fonts. In addition, PicsArt is also a powerful graphics editor.


Price: Free


Price: Free


Price: Free



Platforms : Web, Windows, MacOS, Android, Android, Android

Another online service for creating complex photo collages and at the same time a graphics editor. Among other things, Fotor allows you to customize the background of collages, add text and various stickers. But the strongest side of the service is a large number of curly grids.

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