The 21 best photo collage maker tools

Photo collages are a hugely popular way to collate your photos. This should come as no surprise, as we all carry a camera around with us and take more snaps than ever before. Gathering these images in a collage is a great way to present your image library or a snapshot of your life on one page.

But photo collage-making can be a laborious (if rewarding) task if you use Adobe's Creative Cloud suite – you may need the assistance of some Photoshop tutorials to get you started. However you could take some of the effort out with a collage maker.

Here is our definitive guide to the best around, covering online, desktop, iOS (that's iPhone and iPad), Android, and Windows Phone.

01. PicCollage

PicCollage lets you spice up your collages with content from brands like Hello Kitty and tokidoki
  • Platform: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Developer: Cardinal Blue
  • Price: Free with IAP

Recently updated with a new layout and clean design, PicCollage is crammed with features to help you create impressive collages from photos, GIFs and videos, and if you're on iOS 10 you can also use message stickers. Exclusive content from top brands such as Hello Kitty and tokidoki is available to buy, there's a face detection template in case you want to add things like party hats to your friends, and you can share your creations to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, email, and more.

02. Kizoa Collage Maker

Kizoa boasts dozens of ready-made templates, or you can create your own
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: Kizoa
  • Price: Free (Basic) plus lifetime Premium memberships

The web-based Kizoa Collage Maker is simple to use, with dozens of ready-made templates (both static and animated) for all kinds of occasions. You can customise the templates to your own taste or simply create your own from scratch, then add photos, GIFs, videos and even stickers to your designs, and finish the whole thing off with some text. 

Kinoa membership also includes access to a movie maker and photo editor, so you can accomplish any number of creative tasks from inside the browser, wherever you are.

03. PicsArt

As well as collages, you can now use PicsArt to create cool, Prisma-style photo effects
  • Platform: iOS, Android, Windows
  • Developer: PicsArt
  • Price: Free with IAP

PicsArt's collage maker is just a small part of an app that also includes hundreds of photo editing features, customisable filters, text options and a camera. You can also use it as a digital art suite, with plenty of brushes and effects to choose from that'll take your creative options to the next level.

04. Canva Collage Templates

Collage maker Canva

Canva has plenty of collage templates to choose from, some free and some paid
  • Platform: Web, iPad
  • Developer: Canva
  • Price: Free

Canva is an all-round design package that you can use in the browser or as an iPad app; you sign up for free and add features as you need them, some of them free and some of them paid. Amongst its tools are plenty of collage templates – again, some free and some paid-for – that look great and are easy to use. You can also spice up your collages with Canva's enormous selection of effects, filters, fonts, shapes and more.

05. PicMonkey Collage

Collage maker PicMonkey

PicMonkey's free tools give you plenty of control over your collages
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: PicMonkey
  • Price: Free (Basic), $4.99/month (Premium)

Part of the PicMonkey suite – a web app that also offers image editing, touch-up an design tools - PicMonkey collage is a fast and powerful way to organise your images into attractive shapes. It can import from your computer or connect to online services such as Facebook, OneDrive, Dropbox and Flickr to get photos, and it features a decent selection of free and premium templates.

PicMonkey will auto-add images (or you can just drag and drop), and you can fine-tune your collage by adjusting the spacing and corner rounding of your layout, as well as changing the background and cell colours. You can even adjust the exposure of your photos, while premium users have access to a bunch of extra effects to really bring things to life.

06. Picture2Life

Collage maker Picture2Life

Picture2Life's offering is simple but effective; perfect if you're not keen on frills
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: Picture2Life
  • Price: Free

Picture2Life's free collage tool feels a little utilitarian, but once you get a feel for it you'll find it's a great way to create simple collages without unwanted frills. There's a sizeable range of templates to choose from, plus an assortment of extra graphic elements that you'll probably take a quick look at then never return to again, and option to add text elements with plenty of control over fonts, colours, background and drop shadows. The results can be just a little basic, but it's easy to use and, of course, free.

07. Instagram Layout

Collage maker Layout

Facebook has joined the collage maker party with iOS app Layout

Facebook-owned Instagram has released Layout, an app designed to help people create collages of their images and share their creations via social media. Layout lets you select and rearrange images by dragging and dropping, and you can also control the size of images by pinching. When you're done, you can easily save, and share your collage across your social media networks.

08. Picture Collage Maker

Collage maker Picture Collage Maker

Picture Collage Maker is regularly updated and improved
  • Platform: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Developer: PearlMountain
  • Price: $39.90

Picture Collage Maker is a powerful but easy-to-use collage maker that enables you to create stunning collages on Mac OS. There are hundreds of templates for all kinds of occasions and lots of customisable features: lock/unlock, group/ungroup, page margin, rotate, resize, crop, duplicate, reflection, and so on.

You can create multiple pages within the same window, use rich elements such as text, calendar, shape, background, clipart, frame, mask and more. It's pricey at nearly $40, but the wealth of features will make it worthwhile for many people.

09. PhotoVideoCollage

Collage maker PhotoVideoCollage

PhotoVideoCollage brings video to the world of collage makers
  • Platform: Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
  • Developer: Bits&Coffee
  • Price: Free (Premium $9.99)

PhotoVideoCollage brings the classic photo collage to the next level. Not only can users add photos but also videos and soundtracks of their favourite music.

The user can select a layout template from a multitude of presets, add photos and videos to the layout and adjust additional settings like border width, curvature, colour and texture. The placement of the photos and videos inside the collage can be easily changed via drag and drop.

10. Capcam

Collage maker Capcam

Camcam for iPhone is a cool collage maker
  • Platform: iOS
  • Developer: GBKS limited
  • Price: $0.99

The guys behind Capcam – called Germany's Best-Kept Secret (and they may well be) – reckon that the best way for us all to tell our life stories is with collages and captions. That's why the collage maker takes centre-stage in this cool iPhone app, which makes collating and captioning your treasured images simpler than a simple thing.

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