Learn how to make collages two different ways with PicMonkey below...
Generally speaking, the fastest and easiest way to make a collage, is to use the Collage tool. This method works in a drag and drop fashion, where you select a layout and simply drag & drop photos into place. If you want a no-fuss collage, chose the collage option.
The design tool method of making a collage works by using overlays that you can rotate on angles, move around and easily adjust the size of each photo. If you would like to have this type of flexibility with your collage, chose the design option.
Each method has its own pros and cons. Though, your perspective will determine which is a pro and which is a con.
At a quick glance here's what you can do with each option:
- Upload all your photos (up to 40 max.) right away.
- Choose from many layout options - each are customizable.
- Drag & drop photos into position.
- One-click fill all spots on the collage with your photos.
- One-click clear all spots on the collage.
- Zoom in on photos once placed, so that they are cropped.
- Adjust collage spacing, background colour, size, dimensions and rotation.
- Add swatches.
- Add rounded corners to each photo section on the collage.
- Upload one photo at a time.
- Easily adjust each photo to be whatever size you like.
- Easily rotate each photo on any angle you prefer.
- Adjust canvas background colour/effects/texture, size, dimensions and rotation.
- Crop canvas.
- Add fun overlays underneath each photo.
- Add text and frames to your collage.
*Note: Most of what you can do with the design method (minus anything that relates to individual image overlays) can be applied to the collage method if you save your collage and open it in the editor as an overlay.
Method 1 - Collage Tool
Now that you have your photos uploaded, it's time to choose a layout.
Step 2: Click on the Layout Icon to select how you want to arrange your photos.
There are many layout options you can choose from. Most of them are square, but you can easily adjust the pixels to get the size and dimensions you want your collage to have.
Options that have a Tiara in the corner are Royal Features. If you want to use those options, you need to upgrade to a pay account.
That said, you can still get your collage into that layout by customizing it yourself. More on how to do this will be shown in the example below...
Collage Rotation, Size & Dimensions:
Step 3: Place as many or few photos as you like onto your collage in any arrangement you prefer. Just drag and drop your photos onto the white spaces where you'd like them to go.
If you placed a picture in the wrong spot, just click on it and drag it to where you'd like it to go. Alternatively, you can just hover over the photo and click on the "X" button in the top right corner to remove it from the collage.
- If you drag one picture already on the collage to a spot that another picture holds, they will switch places.
- If you drag a new picture onto a spot on the collage that another picture holds, it will take its place and remove the old picture from the collage.
- If you don't like where you have placed any of the pictures, and you'd like to remove them all, simply click on "Clear All" above the collage.
- If you're feeling lazy, you can just click on "AutoFill" above the collage, and it will automatically place the pictures for you.
Customize the Collage Layout
Add a New Section:
Simply drag a photo (either you one you want to use, or a random one just to get the layout) to one of the layout border sides to add a new section. Then, use your curser to adjust the size and dimensions of each section that was effected by the addition.
Remove a Current Section:
Hover over the top right corner of a section and click on the "X" button to remove a section. Then, use your curser to adjust the size and dimensions of each section that was effected by the removal.
Here's an example:
Let's change the 5 x 5 Square Deal layout to have a large center section.
Start by removing two of the center vertical sections between the scrunchies and the blocks...
To fix this, click on the line between the sections and move it up or down or side to side to adjust the height or width.
In the case of this example:
Move the line below the scrunchies section up to make it square again.
Now if you do the same for the three blank spaces to either side of the new center section, you will end up with three long blank spaces and no way to combine them. That's not what we want for this example, so you are going to make a minor adjustment to where the tiaras, slippers, chess and bags should go...
Drag and drop the appropriate photo to either side of the top and bottom center pictures.
Remember how I said before that the collage will adjust each section evenly to make up for the additions or reductions? See how removing the two vertical columns spreads evenly on the remaining three...
Simply adjust the lines by dragging them into position. You will have to eyeball it to get it square.
- If you used square pictures for your fillers, you will know that you have made the section square again because you will no longer be able to move the picture up and down or from side to side.
Now you can either choose to leave the center section blank to add text or whatever in the Editor of PicMonkey, you can add a Swatch from the swatch section, or you can add a spotlight picture.
To add a swatch, click on the Swatch Icon and drag the one you want to use onto the appropriate spot.
Swatches function the same as the photos.
Make changes to the background by clicking on the Background Icon.
Now that you have a collage that you really love, you need to save it. Even if you want to open it in the Editor to add text or other special touches, SAVE it. I cannot emphasize this enough. You don't know what is going to happen with the internet connection, or maybe you make lots of changes you don't like. Either way, it will save you time to have an unedited and SAVED copy of your collage.
Click on Save. From there you can name your collage and save it to your device.
Take a look at Step 6 of Method 2 to see the editor options...
Method 2 - Design Tool
In any editor mode, a transparent canvas will look like white and gray boxes, so that you know it is clear and not a solid colour. These boxes act as a grid, which will help you with sizing and spacing your images. If saved in this form, the finished image will be translucent.
You can always change the background colour later, so uncheck the Transparent canvas box and click the Apply button to make the change.
When the Keep proportions box is checked, the photo dimensions will remain the same. So, when you change one, you will automatically change the other. However, if it is unchecked, you can customize the width and height to be whatever you like it to be.
It is automatically set for you to adjust the pixel size, but if you check the Use percentages box, you can adjust the image that way instead.
When you're happy with the size click the Apply button.
Clicking on any overlay or photo will bring up an option menu (you can move around so it is not in your way). You won't really need it unless you want to delete a photo completely, or if you will be adding another overlay to your collage later.
Make your photo overlay larger or smaller by dragging any corner or side until it is the size you want it to be. The proportions will stay the same no matter which corner or side you pull from.
Rotate your photo by clicking the top-center circle above the image (visible whenever you click on the photo) and move your mouse to adjust it to your liking. When you are happy, simply release. If you want to make the image straight again, right-click the image and click on Straighten.
Saving it like this means that if anything goes wrong, or if you need to put your collage on hold, you can overlay this one photo right onto your canvas, rather than starting from scratch again.
Click on the Save button above your canvas. It will take you to where you can name your picture and download it. Once you've saved, it will take you back to where you were.
A fun idea is to add shape or label overlays underneath each photo. If all your images are the same size. You can duplicate the shape overlay by right-clicking it and selecting duplicate.
Here's what each of the icons in the editor does:
You won't need anything here for your collage.
Add a boarder / edging to your collage / image with this tool.
A combo of all the above split into themes.
Now you know how to make creative photo collages with PicMonkey.
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