3 Tips To Help You Create Photo Collages The Easy Way

intro3   3 Tips To Help You Create Photo Collages The Easy WayCreating collages can be a bit time-consuming if you do it yourself in MS Paint or Photoshop. If you don’t feel exactly creative, your work may not even bring you the results you want. I know I’ve been there. I might spend a few hours trying to create collages, without any fancy effects, just lining up images in rows and columns, and the whole thing just doesn’t look as glorious as I imagine it to be.

There are many solutions that will save you the headache, and will instead, produce aesthetically pleasing results with just a few clicks. Read on to see more about these very-easy-to-use tools!

Creating Collages Online

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ShapeCollage

ShapeCollage is a great cross-platform application that helps you create beautiful collages in the shapes that you choose with only a few clicks. ShapeCollage even provides a simplified, web-based version that can produce collages shaped in different forms. All you have to do is paste the URLs of the images you’re interested in (though you can use URLs of Flickr tagged search, Youtube, Google Image Search, and more), choose a shape, type in some text to adorn the whole collage (or leave it blank if you don’t need text), and press the Create button.

Fotonea

Fotonea is a relatively simple-looking web app that creates eye-catching collages. You can upload up to 6 pictures of 2 MB or smaller, select a background, a frame, and then create a beautiful collage.

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The cool thing about Fotonea is that you can manually rearrange the size and layout of each photo, and you can also add extra items on your collage, such as text, sticky notes, speech bubbles, etc.

Hockneyizer

Big Huge Labs’ Hockneyizer is another interesting collage maker of sorts that creates a cool polaroid effect out of a single image that you upload, or get from your Facebook or Flickr account. You can choose how many polaroids will show up on your collage (you can have anywhere from 1 to 20). The resulting effect adds a refreshing twist to regular photos. Here’s one I made with 10 polaroids. If you like this kind of effect, you should also check out iPiccy, which is surprisingly powerful and offers a lot more options in effects after you complete this look.

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Creating Collages With Desktop Software

Instead of loading up Photoshop, GIMP, Picasa to spend a while creating a collage, you can use the open-source and cross-platform Fotowall to easily create photo collections.

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It hasn’t been updated for about a year, but it still allows you to create nice collages with a few clicks, and customize effects for individual pictures, as well as manipulate sizes, layouts and frames. What’s cool is that you can pull graphics from online image searches (Flickr and Google Image Search). With Fotowall, you don’t have to be enormously creative to come up with nice-looking collages!

Creating Collages With Software You Already Have

You can use a variety of specific collage-making software like ShapeCollage and AndreaMosaic (which creates those stunning photo mosaics you see in commercials with hundreds of tiny pictures that make up a larger photograph), or you can also use programs you already may have like Microsoft Word and Windows Live Writer to make cool image galleries. In Windows Live Writer, for example, you can create galleries of many forms when you add several pictures to a blog post.

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After you select at least 3 images and choose photo album instead of inline pictures, you’ll be presented with a few collage-friendly layouts.

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I’ve personally made at least a couple of introductory images from Windows Live Writer for the No Photoshop: 15 Open-Source Generated Logos & Portraits article and the 15 Dual-Monitor Wallpapers post.

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Let’s hear from you now. What do you use to create collages? Let us know in the comments!

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Stewarthart

So which simple, easy to use software was used for the 1st collage that is made up of faces?

Jessica Cam W.

That’s actually a stock image from Shutterstock, but if I gathered pieces of portraits, I could probably achieve a similar result to the introductory image with Fotonea or Fotowall since those two allow me to arrange the layout.

Stewarthart

Thank you

Santay5036

Microsoft Research Autocollage is superb and is free

Chris2fm

Free yes – but with 30 day usage limit and HUGE watermark :(

Jessica Cam W.

Never heard of it, but the website does seem to indicate that it’s a trial product.