How to make free photo collages: It’s been months since you had such a great day with your friends. Last weekend you had a lot of fun in your last trip out of town and you took many photos that will allow you to remember these beautiful moments spent together. To keep them always in plain sight, you have seen fit to collect all these shots in a photo collage.
What to say? You had a really good idea. However, not really being a PC “wizard”, you don’t have a clue how to make photo collages for free. Well, you have no reason to worry because you’ve come to just the right place at the right time! In the next paragraphs, in fact, I will show you some free online programs and services thanks to which you can make photo collages in a few clicks.
And if you need to make photo collages on the go, you can use one of the free apps available for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices, such as those listed in the last part of the tutorial. Tell me, are you ready to start? Yup? Well, then make yourself comfortable, put into practice the “tips” contained in the next paragraphs and you will see that you will not have any problem in creating practically perfect photo collages. Enjoy your reading and have fun!
Collagerator (Windows / macOS)
If you are looking for free software to make photo collages, you cannot fail to consider Collageratora very famous program thanks to which you can make collages easily, quickly and for free.
To use Collagerator, you must first download the program to your PC. Then connect to his official websiteclick the button Download Collagerator. After that, if you use Windowsopen the software installation package (the file in .exe), tick the item I accept the terms of the license agreementclick the button four consecutive times Forwardclick on the button Install and then on end to finish the setup.
If you use a MacInstead, the procedure you need to follow is much simpler: open the package .dmg downloaded and then move the Collegerator icon to the folder Applications (the “usual” procedure to install on a Mac program, practically).
As soon as you have completed the Collagerator installation procedure, you will finally be able to use the photo collage maker. Then start the program, click on the button New Collage present in its main window and choose one of the available templates, based on your personal tastes.
Next, click on the button (+) located at the top right to upload the photos to use for the collage and insert them in the boxes following the order you prefer. Finally, save your work by clicking on the entry Save with name from the menu File. Easier than that ?!
ShapeCollage (Windows / macOS / Linux)
Shape Collage is another program that can be useful for making quality photo mosaics. It is a free program for Windows, macOS and Linux that is very easy to use but which, compared to Collagerator (which I told you about in the previous paragraph), applies a watermark to the generated works and does not allow you to act freely on the photos inserted in the collage . These limits can be removed by purchasing the Pro version of the program which, at the time of writing, costs $ 40.
Now, whether you use a Windows PC or a Mac, drag the photos to be used for the collage in the main window of the program (to be clear, under the heading Photo), and decide if you want to make your photo-mosaic take the shape of a rhe angleof a cheart, of a circle, etc. by checking the corresponding item.
After that, click on the tab Appearance and select the color or image to use for the background of the collage and then use the field Edge to select the color and border size of each photo in the mosaic. After setting all these values, click on the button Create and, if you are content with the result obtained, click on the item Save Collage As … from the menu File in order to save your work.
As I mentioned at the beginning, you don’t necessarily need to install ad hoc programs on your PC to make photo collages, since there are numerous online services that can complete this kind of work. One of the most famous web services thanks to which it is possible to make photo collages and other graphic works is Canvaa famous web service (for some years now also available as an app for Android And iOS) can be used after free registration.
Canva has many advantages: it’s easy to use, it’s a versatile service, and it offers a very large catalog of graphics (most are free, but some can be purchased for $ 1 each). Let me explain how it works.
First, connect to the home page Canva, click on one of the buttons located in the box First time on Canva? Subscribe! in such a way as to specify the purpose for which you want to use the service and register through yours e-mail or, if you prefer, through your account Facebook or Google by clicking on the appropriate buttons.
Once registered, click on the button Create a project located at the top left and click on the type of project Photo collage from the menu Recommended for you. In the tab that opens, select one of the many free templates among those present in the section Canva layout and replace the example photos with the ones you want to use for your project (you can upload new ones by clicking on the button Uploads located on the left and then on the button Upload your images to upload it).
Of course, you can also add some text to the collage, add new ones to it elements graphics (e.g. stickers, lines, shapes, etc.) and modify them background by clicking on the options located on the left. When you have finished embellishing your collage with the aforementioned additional elements, save your work by clicking on the button Download located at the top of the page, then selecting one of the download formats from those available (JPG, PNG, PDF or PDF – Print) and finally by clicking on the green button Download from the menu that appears.
Are you looking for an online service that allows you to make photo collages for free, without making any registration and that, above all, does not apply annoying watermarks to your works? Then, FotoJet could be the web service for you. This online service offers multiple free graphics, but many more are available exclusively to FotoJetPlus subscribers, which starts at $ 6.99 per month.
To make photo collages with FotoJet, first connect to his home page and then click on the button Make a Collage located at the bottom of the page. Then select the model you like best by choosing it from one of the three categories available: Classic Collagethe category in which there are “standard” collages that can be customized according to your tastes; Creative Collagein which there are very creative and modern templates (such as the one that allows you to create collages like 3D cubes) or Miscin which there are fun and somewhat original templates (such as the one that allows you to create collages like a comic).
After selecting the model that inspires you the most, use the tools located on the left to modify the project: Layoutto change the layout; Phototo add photos; Textto insert text; Clipartto add icons, stickers and other graphics to it or Backgroundto change its background color.
When finished, click on the icon floppy disk and, in the drop-down menu that opens, select the name to give to your project and select the download format: type the name to give to the collage in the text field located next to the item Name; select the download format of the output file (JPG or PNG) and, finally, the size with which to download it (Small, Mediumetc.).
Then click on the green button Save and, in the window that opens, click on the button Save for Free Now and then on the link download here. On the web page that opens in the browser, you can then download the collage as you would any other image taken from the Internet (just click the right key mouse on the image and, in the drop-down menu that opens, click on the item Save image).
Free Photo Collage Maker (Online)
Haven’t the solutions I proposed to you in the previous lines particularly convinced you? Don’t throw in the towel right now! Take a look at these free photo collage maker app on smartphones and tablets and you may find just what you need!
- PicsArt Photo Studio (Android/iOS) – it is a solution that is not specifically designed to make collages (it offers, in fact, many tools for photo editing), but includes a specific function to make collages with your photos. PicsArt Photo Studio is free, but some items are only available by making in-app purchases starting at € 0.71 each. For more information on how to use PicsArt Photo Studio, read the tutorial where I talk about collage making apps.
- Photo collage editor (Android) – the name of this app indicates the purpose for which it was born: to make collages with your photos and edit them to your liking. Photo Collage Editor is completely free and is also simple to use, as I have already shown you in the tutorial on collage making apps.
- Layout from Instagram (Android/iOS) – if you are looking for an app that is easy to use and free of various “frills”, this solution offered by Instagram could be for you. As I have already explained to you in the deepening dedicated to apps for making collages, Layout is a 100% free app and very easy to use for creating very simple collages.
- Pic Collage (Android/iOS/Windows 10 Mobile) – this semi-free app allows you to make collages in a few taps. Works made with Pic Collage are marked with a removable watermark by making in-app purchases starting at € 0.89 per item. If you want to have some more details on how it works, take a look at the tutorial dedicated to apps for making collages