Want to make a cool-looking photo collage on your Mac? No problem, you don’t need super advanced tools like Adobe Photoshop. There are a bunch of free and easy-to-use apps that allow you to make like-worthy collages and share them on social media.
But first things first, if you are new to college making on a Mac you should know a thing or two about the design process. This article gives you a general guide on how to use the tools for collages, plus there’s a section with top free apps. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Collage Design Process
Launch your favorite collage app and select the template/layout that fits your needs. In general, the templates can be irregular, grid, classic, or free forms.
For example, grid usually allows for a few images of the same size, classic one features different image sizes, and free form may provide interesting wavy collages. What’s more, some apps offer special layouts shaped like animals, hearts, arrows, spades, etc.
Select the images you want and import them into the collage app. Most apps allow for a simple drag-and-drop method, but you might be asked to allow access to Photos on your Mac. Depending on the app, you could speed up the process by allowing the software to randomly fill the layout/template. Of course, there’s always the option to rearrange the photos to your liking.
When you have the layout set to your preferences, you can add text, stickers, and patterned backgrounds to the collage. The options here are only limited by your creativity and the apps provide simple tools to customize fonts and backgrounds.
Once you are happy with the design, it’s time to export or share the file. You get to choose JPEG, PNG, or TIFF formats and share the collage to Flickr, Facebook, via email, etc.
For sharing and online purposes, both JPEG and PNG work great. If you want to print the collage it might be best to go for TIFF (if available) because it’s the industry standard for bitmapped and raster images.
Instagram Expert Tips
Those who want to share a collage to Instagram need to be careful about the format, aspect ratio, and resolution. Landscape images support a maximum aspect ratio of 1.91:1 and it is 4:5 for portrait images.
Maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and supported formats include BMP, PNG, JPEG, plus non-animated GIFs.
Top Photo Collage Apps for Mac
The following apps come from PearlMountain Technology for a few reasons. Their apps are free (there are pro versions as well) and have average user ratings above 4 stars. In addition, the UI is intuitive and simple to use which makes the design process straightforward.
Picture Collage Maker Lite
Picture Collage Maker Lite is a free app that features more than 40 templates and a bunch of other art resources. Aside from cool collages, you can create scrapbook pages, posters, photo albums, and more.
The simple and easy-to-use interface is what makes this app stand out. The imported photos are in the menu on the left and you can access art tools from the menu on the right. You can also add photo filters and effects to make your images stand out even more.
FotoJet Collage Maker Lite
With stellar ratings and a wide range of available templates, FotoJet Collage Maker Lite is one of the best free options on iTunes. Regardless of the template you choose, you get full freedom to customize it to your preferences.
The customization tools are located in the menu on the left. And you can switch between templates, photos, text, clipart, or background in one click. The app allows you to save collages in PNG or JPEG formats, plus there’s a share option for Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Collagelt 3 Free
Similar to other apps, Collagelt 3 Free provides various tools, filters, and effects to embellish your designs. But what are the features that make it stand out?
This app has 4 different collage styles, with the pile style being the true highlight. It allows you to randomly stack a lot of images to create an interesting free-form collage. In addition, you get all formats including TIFF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, and GIF, plus you can save the file in PDF.
There are also options to share the collage via email, AirDrop, or iMessage and set it as your desktop wallpaper.
1, 2, 3 a Collage Is Ready
To be honest, it’s easy to get carried away with all the available tools for photo collages and spend hours perfecting a single collage. But that’s where all the fun is.
And remember most of the apps come with some sort of auto feature that lets you expedite the process and have the collage ready in no time. So which one is your favorite? Share your thought in the comments section below.