The 12 best photo collage maker tools

Here are the best collage maker tools we've found for web, desktop, iPhone, iPad tablet, Android, and Windows Phone.

Find the best photo collage maker to suit your needs with this selection of the best around - and most are free. Photo collages are a hugely popular way to collate your photos - and this should be no surprise as we all carry a camera around with us at all times 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 Photoshop CC or similar - 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 the definitive guide to the best around, covering online, desktop, iOS (that's iPhone and iPad), Android, and Windows Phone.

01. Picture Collage Maker

You can get Picture Collage Maker free for a (very) limited time
  • Platform: Windows, Mac
  • Developer: PearlMountain
  • Price: $29.90 (Pro: $39.90) - OFFER: free from 10-12 May 2014

Picture Collage Maker is a powerful yet easy-to-use collage maker that enables you to create stunning collages on both Windows and Mac OS X. Picture Collage Maker 3 for Mac (originally $29.90) and Picture Collage Maker Pro for Windows (originally $39.90) will be made totally free from 10-12 May 2014.

02. 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.

03. PhotoCollage

Collage maker PhotoCollage
PhotoCollage is a web-based collage maker that is simplicity itself
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: Zygomatic
  • Price: Free

PhotoCollage has a nice does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name, and the web-based collage maker is no less simple to use. It works on Mac, Windows, Android and iOS platforms including touchscreens, and you can choose from collage templates or use your skills to create freeform collages. A neat feature is the Facebook banner and Google+ header templates so you collage-ify your favourite social network's profile page.

04. Fotor

Fotor's online photo editor includes a collage maker
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: Fotor
  • Price: Free

Fotor is a professional-level web-based photo editor which includes a specific online collage maker. You can choose from four types of photo collage - template collage, photo stitching, photo montage, and funky collage - and you can create collages in five simple steps from opening the web page to saving and sharing your creation. Plus you can use all of Fotor's image-editing tools to instil some added perfection.

05. Photovisi

Photovisi is a stand-alone collage maker
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: Photovisi
  • Price: Free

Photovisi is a stand-alone collage maker with no fripperies and no photo editing tools to distract and confuse - and it's all the better for it. It is the easiest to use of all the apps on this page - you select a collage design, add your photos and drag them around till you're satisfied, then download it. What could be easier?

06. Picasa

Google's Picasa has had a stay of execution - good, because its collage maker is handy
  • Platform: Mac/Windows, Chrome app
  • Developer: Google
  • Price: Free

Picasa is Google's image organiser and photo editor, but did you know it comes with a built-in collage maker? You can experiment with six different collage types in the hands-on collage creation screen, and they will be saved in your 'Collages' folder. You can share them, or take advantage of Google's Picasa Web Albums which provides 1GB of free storage should you so wish.

07. Collagelt

CollageIt collage maker allows you plenty of freedom
  • Platform: Mac/Windows
  • Developer: PearlMountain
  • Price: Free (Pro version $19.90)

PearlMountain's second collage offering is a great, simple photo collage maker that makes collages automatically while still allowing you plenty control. You can choose from its various templates to suit several page sizes, or you can start from a completely blank sheet - it's up to you! Its real-time preview means it is easy to use for people of all experience levels and you can share your creations on Flickr and Facebook.

08. Ribbet

Ribbet collage maker has a froggy theme...
  • Platform: Web
  • Developer: Ribbet
  • Price: Free

Visit Ribbet's froggy-themed site and you'll find an online photo editor that contains a dedicated collage maker. There are hundreds of layouts to choose from and loads of customisable settings, so you have good odds of making an unique collage. You can add text, stickers, borders and effects to your collage and share it directly to Facebook or Flickr, or download them.

09. BeFunky

BeFunky has simple-to-use collage maker tools
  • Platform: Web, iOS, Android
  • Developer: BeFunky
  • Price: Free

BeFunky claims to be the world's best photo editor, and it certainly has one of the world's simplest collage maker tools. It has tons of templates, awesome effects, and seamless integration with the BeFunky Photo Editor, plus it has a great interface. As well as an online tool, BeFunky is available as an app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and if the free versions are not good enough for you you can fork out less than $2 for Pro versions of the mobile apps.

10. piZap

The piZap tool is an interesting collage maker offering
  • Platform: Web, iOS, Android, Chrome app
  • Developer: piZap
  • Price: Free

The online collage maker piZap does not have the most attractive interface but you can't deny the extreme simplicity of its offering. There are loads of fun collage layouts for you to choose from. After adding your photos you can add effects and filters, borders, frames, and stickers. There are also versions for iPhone, iPad, and Android so you can piZap on the move too.

11. Pic Stitch

 Pic Stitch
Pic Stitch collage maker is available on all platforms

Pic Stitch allows you to stitch pictures (geddit?) to create cool collages. Choose from 232 different layouts and 15 different photo aspect ratios, plus you can apply rounded corners, patterns, shadows, and any number of other photo editing tricks then share your masterpiece on the usual social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is also available on pretty much any device you can name, and only the Windows apps will cost you.

12. Shapecollage

  • Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS
  • Developer: Shapecollage
  • Price: Free, iOS $1.99

Shape Collage is an automatic photo collage maker that creates collages in different shapes in just a couple seconds. You can create picture collages in the shape of a rectangle, heart, text, or logo, with just a few clicks of the mouse. It automates much of the process so you can just pick a shape, select your photos, and let Shape Collage do the rest - and it's available as an iPhone app too.

Which of these will you be trying out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

Words: Craig Stewart

Craig Stewart is managing editor of Creative Bloq.

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