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5 Easy Ways to Create Diptychs & Other Photo Collages Without Photoshop

Nancy Messieh 19-12-2012

A diptych consists of two images displayed side by side, and can often be a creative and attractive way to tell an even more elaborate story with your images. While with a little bit of effort, you can create a diptych or photo collage using Photoshop, there are now web-based, desktop and mobile options that make the process a lot easier.


Each of the options below offer users a different experience – whether adding a social aspect, making it easy to share the final product via social networks, or giving you complete control over how the final product will look. Depending on your needs – you’ll probably be able to find a suitable option in the apps below.

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Once you’ve cropped each image to display the part you want to keep, you can then share your diptych with the rest of the community. You can download your own diptychs using the download button beneath the image – but other users are prevented from downloading your images.


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You can access all of the diptychs you’ve created from one convenient page, as well as all the images you’ve uploaded.

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The social aspect of brings in commenting (powered by Disqus) and social sharing buttons, but there is no way to follow other users. If you don’t want to participate in’s social side, you can always create your diptychs, download them to your computer, and delete all of your images from the site.


While is incredibly easy to use, it does come with some serious limitations. You have no control over the border (colour or width), and can’t create asymmetrical or vertical diptychs.

Mosaic Maker [Web]

Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker isn’t the prettiest web-based option out there but it gets the job done. It’s also useful if you want to create a triptych, or a collage of photos, not limiting users to just diptychs. It also gives the user a little bit more control than the slick You also don’t have to sign up to use Mosaic Maker.

The first step when using Mosiac Maker is to select the layout. If all you’re after is a simple diptych – select ‘Square Tiles’, 2 columns and 1 tile. If you want a vertical diptych simply reverse those numbers.

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You can also select border and background colour and the space between each image. You can either upload your images directly from your computer (requires signup) or import them from Facebook or Flickr. With Mosaic Maker, you have no control over which part of the image will be displayed so if you want a specific part of it to show – crop it beforehand.

When it comes to the final product, Mosaic Maker provides you with the embed code for a caption, or the option to download low and high-res versions of the diptych.

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PicFrame [Mac]

The $0.99 Mac app, PicFrame, gives you three options when it comes to creating diptychs. Like Mosaic Maker, there are a lot of other options in terms of different layouts, allowing you to use up to 10 photos in one frame. When it comes to diptychs, the final product is an Instagram-friendly square, and you have a choice between a vertical and horizontal layout.


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PicFrame also comes with the added bonus of a layout that allows you to embed two photos in a large frame. PicFrame gives you complete control over which part of the image will appear in the diptych – allowing you to pan and zoom. With the app, you can change the colour and width of the border, and choose between square and rounded corners. The final product can be saved to your computer or shared via Facebook or Twitter.

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Fuzel [iOS]

While PicFrame is available as a $0.99 iPhone app, there are some great free alternatives that will certainly get the job done on the go. One of the most impressive free iOS options available comes in the form of Fuzel. Like PicFrame – Fuzel opts for the Instagram-friendly square layout. You can create vertical or horizontal diptychs.

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You can add photos from your photo library, from Facebook or simply by searching for images on the web, pan and zoom to select the part of the image you want to display and apply effects to the images within the app. The final product can be saved to your phone or shared via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Email or posted to Instagram.

A $1.99 upgrade to Fuzel Pro will get you a ton more layout options if you’re looking to do more than just straightforward diptychs.

Photo Frame & FX [iOS]

Another iOS app definitely worth a mention, available for both the iPad and iPhone is Photo Frame & FX. The free version offers users the option of more layouts besides a square image – with several aspect ratios to choose from including 4:3, but is limited to only 13 layouts.

Upgrading to the $0.99 pro version unlocks 48 layouts, many of which are similar to those seen in PicFrame.

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With Photo Frame & FX you can pan and pinch to zoom to select which part of your image will be displayed, can select the colour, style and width of your frame, and can even add a label with text to your final product. The diptych (or collage) can then be saved to your library, shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

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Do you have any tips or tricks on how to create diptychs without Photoshop? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Adobe Photoshop, Image Editor, Photo Collage, Photography.

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  1. Stephen Rees
    September 12, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    PicFrame for Mac is no longer $0.99!

  2. Ron
    March 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    There's also ImageGrid for windows, lightweight and does exactly what I need it to do.

  3. Amy
    October 18, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Thanks for sharing. With Internet development, there are more and more photo collage makers online. For example, AmoLink collage maker. I think it's also great. You can edit online with music, animations, etc. Needn't download any software. It's simple and super fun.

  4. Anonymous
    August 6, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Great! To be honest, when using Photoshop, we need some complicated technical skills, and it’s not easy to acquire in short time. So we all like looking for simpley & powerful photo editor. For example, the amoyshare photo collage maker, fotor, etc. Anyway, thanks your sharing.

  5. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    i love to use image blender app for collages.

  6. soumik
    April 19, 2015 at 7:46 am

    use instafusion app.

  7. Kim Koa
    December 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Cool! Im going to check out these apps

  8. Kobi
    December 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Yes I don't care really How i have to get them uploaded

    Thank You!

  9. Bill in Dallas
    December 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Have you looked at Andrea Mosaic? Free and easy once you get the hang of it.

    • Kobi
      December 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Hi, not familiar with it. Will check it out. Just looking for most simple program.
      Thinking maybe one of the online photo sites and then maybe resize.?

  10. Mac Witty
    December 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Use PicFrame from time to time and it is okay

  11. Peter Bryenton
    December 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    A useful article thank you.

    When making these layouts the overall effect can often be improved by "balancing" the individual images for basic adjustments such as brightness, contrast, white balance etc.

    Peter Bryenton

  12. Kobi
    December 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Enjoyed your article. Photo editing software is fun and popular. I've been using a variety for many years. Diptych has had an app around for a while and it's a nice tool for making a basic collage to print up and use in a frame or even just to send in an email..had a friend use something similar for Christmas card she just sent, super cute. I think you could possibly also use in a digital album but I'd imagine the services which provide those already have something similar.
    The one thing I'd really like to know is what type of photo collage app or software is the best to use for Pinterest? If you know, please tell me! ;)

    Thanks for the nice article. I'm a regular reader. ;)
    Happy Holidays!

    • Nancy Messieh
      December 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm


      These options can't be used when it comes to Pinterest? Or do you want something that would give you the option to upload directly to Pinterest?

      • Kobi
        December 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        How nice of you to reply. The answer to your question is yes. :)
        There is an ipad app out there, it's pretty neat but for some reason it crashes on me all the time so I've given up on that. Would prefer something web based but anything you can recommend would be appreciated!

  13. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    nice article but y we spend money on photoshop or use web tools when we have Gimp (with plugins) and Ink-scape (Vector Drawing).. open source rock guys

  14. Douglas Mutay
    December 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I have tested Not really special. Would not use it if I want to share my photo.

  15. Thomas Petrucha
    December 19, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Some nice tools indeed, but I prefer my Gimp ;) ... has all I need and is free ;)

  16. Phúc Ng?c
    December 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Tks Nancy, I've never known about diptych :) May try to have fun with it one day.

  17. DB
    December 19, 2012 at 5:50 am

    holy apple options...would be great if this story could be expanded to highlighting cool photo apps (web/android/ios). Going to try 2 of them since the last 3 are only mac options.

  18. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 4:28 am

    i still use PS