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The 17 best collage maker tools in 2020

It may not have occurred to you to look for the best collage maker tools, as collaging seems such a simple task. But successful collage making is an art form, and the right tools can make a big difference to the completed project. As collage is a stylish and attractive way to showcase your best photos, it's no surprise that collage makers are hugely popular at the moment.

Many web and mobile applications have collage maker tools included, as well as dedicated standalone programs, which come in both app and browser format. But as the quality of these vary wildly, we've tested some for you, so you know which ones are up to scratch.

Another viable option to create a collage is to use general design software, such as Adobe's suite (get Adobe Creative Cloud here). If you need more info, we've got a dedicated guide to how to make a photo collage in Photoshop. Or, if you want to use a high spec smartphone to take your snaps, why not check our our selection of the best camera phones?

01. Kapwing Collage Maker

Kapwing has many strings to its bow, with a whole host of video and photo editing tools – including a great collage maker. It's a browser-based tool that's super easy to use. You start with a blank canvas, or choose from a range of templates, and then can upload images, GIFs or videos (either by upload or by adding a URL). It gives the option of adding subtitles, music and more to your creation. When finished, you can download your project, get an embed code or a URL to share – perfect for social media.

Without an account, you'll have to deal with a watermark but creating a free account gets rid of it, and you can pay for even more features. 

02. MOLDIV

Moldiv claims to be the all in one photo-editor that offers everything you need in photography, and its collage maker feature doesn't disappoint. The collage maker portion of the app is sleek and easy to use. We like that the workflow in the collage setting is non-destructive (unlike the main editor mode) so you can mess around with layouts without touching your original version. You can also customise with stickers and play with different fonts. 

03. Photo Joiner

Photo Joiner has an intuitive interface

Photo Joiner offers a range of different collage maker options. The one we're most interested in here is Collage; a classic collage maker tool. The process is easy to follow: upload images, choose a template, drag your images into the slots (you can zoom in and out, mirror or rotate to suit the layout), then save and share. You can narrow templates by number of photos included, and set custom image sizes and borders.

If that's not what you're after, take a look at one of the other Photo Joiner tools. Stitch is a simpler tool designed for joining together photos vertically or horizontally, using one of Photo Joiner's preset layouts. Meme lets you add text and decorations to images. FB Cover offers a range of templates to fit Facebook's cover image dimensions, to take the effort out of creating an impressive cover collage. 

04. Ribbet

Collage maker tools: Ribbet

Flash-based collage maker Ribbet is simple and fun

Free online collage maker Ribbet has a smart interface, which is a delight to use. There are plenty of handy features to help you create a custom collage: pick a template, upload images, adjust sizing, round corners, edit lighting, exposure and so on. If you change your mind, you can easily adjust your template by adding extra rows or columns. The basic version is free, but to access the majority of the more complex templates you'll need to upgrade to the Premium version. 

There's also a free iOS app and one for Android too.

05. Adobe Spark

Collage maker tools: Adobe Spark

Spark distills Adobe goodness into a super-simple interface

Spark is a free photo collage maker from Adobe. Its simple interface means it doesn't require the same learning curve demanded by most Adobe applications: simply name your project and use the various design options available to arrange your photos into an eye-catching collage. You need a Creative Cloud account for full CC benefits (sign up here), but it is perfectly useable without.

06. Canva Collage Templates

Canva offers a big selection of collage templates

Canva offers one of the best free online collage makers around. This is an all-round design package you can use in the browser or as an app for iOS and Android. The basic package is completely free, but there are paid plans available if you want something more advanced. 

Amongst Canva's tools is a big selection of collage templates, which 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.

07. BeFunky

Collage maker tools: Be Funky

BeFunky is available in the browser or via a mobile app

BeFunky is one of the best free online collage makers around. It offers tons of templates, a simple interface and seamless integration with the BeFunky Photo Editor. The free version works well, but if you're after more photo effects, higher-resolution downloads and the ability to use your collages commercially, you'll need the BeFunky Plus account. As well as an online tool, BeFunky is available as an app for iOS or Android.

08. piZap

Collage maker tools: piZap

The free piZap is funded by ads, but they're not intrusive

Ad-funded online collage maker piZap has the option of a Flash interface or a new HTML interface. The latter is currently in beta, and to be honest there are more intuitive free collage maker tools on this list. However, there are plenty of templates, stock images and fonts to choose from, and you can add text and stickers to liven things up. A nice feature is the inclusion of Facebook banner templates, to help you upgrade your social media branding with ease. 

The Pro version offers ad-free designing, a much bigger selection of fonts, stock images and templates, the ability to download your collage in super high resolution, and more. You can suss it out via the free trial before you commit. 

09. PhotoCollage

Collage maker tools: PhotoCollage

PhotoCollage has preset social media banner sizes

PhotoCollage has a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name, and the web-based collage maker is no less straightforward. 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. 

You work with low-resolution images, then once you're happy with the arrangement you can choose to 'order' a high-resolution version of your design. One frustrating feature is that the editing tools aren't sticky, so you'll probably need to scroll up and down to find the ones you want. The interface also isn't as nicely designed as other tools on this list. 

10. Fotor collage maker

Collage maker tools: Fotor

Fotor is a pro-level online collage maker

Fotor is a professional-level online collage maker. You can import a load of images, which are displayed on the right-hand bar, then choose when and where to place them in your collage. This simple feature makes it easy to put together attractive collages. The only glitch we ran into is that large images failed to load, with no error message to indicate the problem. 

You can only get part of the way with the free version – you can design collages, but they'll feature the Fotor watermark, which isn't ideal. For advanced features, an ad-free interface, watermark-free collages and cloud-based storage, you'll need to shell out for the Pro version.

11. Photovisi

Collage maker tools: Photovisi

Photovisi is a little on the cheesy side

Photovisi is a stand-alone collage maker with no fripperies and no photo editing tools to distract and confuse. You simply select a collage design, add your photos and drag them around till you're satisfied, then download it. What could be easier? If you want to download a watermark-free collage, you'll need to pay up on the Premium plan. Some of the templates are a little on the cheesy side, and overall this collage maker tool is looking a little dated.

12. Google Photos

Collage maker tools: Google Photos

Google Photos used to be Picasa

Google Photos, once known as Picasa, is an 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. It's pretty basic, but as you'd expect from Google, the interface is nice and clear and what it does do, it does well.

13. Kizoa 

Collage maker tools: Kizoa

Kizoa offers dozens of ready-made templates
  • Price: Free (Basic); lifetime Premium memberships from $29.99
  • Find it here

The web-based version of Kizoa collage maker is one of the most difficult collage maker tools to navigate, but it does offer dozens of ready-made templates (both static and animated) for all kinds of occasions. You can customise the templates or 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. 

It's available as an iOS app and Kinoa membership also includes access to a movie maker and photo editor, so you can now accomplish any number of creative tasks from inside the browser and on your iPad/iPhone.

14. FotoJet

Collage maker tools: FotoJet

FotoJet enables you to create show-stopping collages

Pearlmountain's FotoJet is a free online collage maker that enables you to create collages, photo cards, posters, Facebook covers, Twitter headers, YouTube banners, fun photos and more. There are hundreds of templates for you to work with, including some of the most creative designs we've seen so far – such as this one, where you can add images into coconuts. The paid Plus option offers a much wider range of resources to work with.

15. PicMonkey Collage

Collage maker tools: PicMonkey

PicMonkey's free tools give you plenty of control over your collages

Part of the PicMonkey suite – a web app that also offers image editing, touch-up and design tools – PicMonkey collage maker is a fast and powerful way to organise your images into attractive shapes. Import images from your computer or connect to online services such as Facebook, OneDrive, Dropbox and Flickr. You can fine-tune your collage by adjusting the zoom and placement of your images, and add filters. 'Supremium' users also have access to advanced touch-up tools.

This was once a free online collage maker, but you now need to subscribe to PicMonkey to download your design. There are three different plans available, depending on your needs. However, you can design your collage for free, and there is a week-long free trial available, which is worth exploring before you shell out.

16. PicCollage

Collage maker tools: PicCollage

PicCollage is crammed with features

Collage maker app PicCollage is crammed with features to help you create impressive collages from photos, GIFs and videos. Choose from a portrait canvas or a square one (ideal for Instagram fans), pick from over 60 templates, and clip images with your finger. 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.

17. Layout from Instagram 

Collage maker tools: Instagram

Layout for Instagram lets you select and rearrange images

Instagram's Layout app is designed to help people create collages of their images and share their creations on social media. Layout lets you select and rearrange images by dragging and dropping, and you can also control the size of images by pinching, or tap to mirror or flip them. 

This collage maker app includes a built-in Photo Booth that you can use to take spur-of-the-moment shots, and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. When you're done, you can easily save, and share your collage across your social media networks. It's very highly rated on both the App Store and Google Play, so you can be confident you're getting a quality product.

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