Best collage maker tools for creating photo collages

These collage maker apps can be downloaded to your device for lag- and WiFi-free collaging. Some cost, some are free, but all have a USP.

01. GoodTimes

Photo collages: GoodTimes collage maker

GoodTimes works particularly well with Apple Photos

GoodTimes is a worthy inclusion to this list as it claims to have been an innovator in the photo collage field, by "embedding photos in an emotional environment". Whatever you make of that, GoodTimes is certainly an excellent collage maker, including opulent objects and high-quality backgrounds by photographer Édouard Puginier, as well as an excellent effects engine. 

The fact that it integrates with Apple Photos will be enough for some, although its eyebrow-raising price tag is likely to put off all but the most enthusiastic collager. 

02. PicCollage

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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.

03. PicsArt Photo Studio & Collage

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PicsArt collage maker includes over three million stickers

  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • 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. This collage maker app includes over three million stickers, created by the community and all totally free. Which is impressive by anyone's standards. 

You can use PicsArt 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. Layout from Instagram

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Layout for Instagram lets you select and rearrange images

  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Developer: Instagram
  • Price: Free

Facebook-owned 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.

05. BeFunky Photo Editor Pro

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BeFunky Pro works seamlessly to help create collages on the go

  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Developer: BeFunky Inc
  • Price: Free (with IAP)

The BeFunky Pro collage making app works seamlessly with its photo editing features to help you create collages on the go. You can edit the images in your designs with the touch of a button, there are over 100 templates to pick from, and background textures add interest. Plus, liven up your collages with stickers, overlays and text (there are lots of fonts to choose from, type fans). 

06. Canva App

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Canva app is now available across Apple and Android phones and tablets

  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Developer: Canva
  • Price: Free (with IAP)

Available for iPhone and iPad, and now for Android mobile and tablet users too, the Canva app is a great collage-making tool and offers lots of other design features too. Use the app to edit photos, add text, elements, stickers, borders, frames and more. There are thousands of templates to select from.

Share your design directly to your social media accounts, save it via email, or export it to your camera roll to use later.

07. Pic Stitch

Photo collages: Pic Stitch collage maker

Choose from 300 different layouts in Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch allows you to stitch pictures (geddit?) to create cool collages. Choose from 300 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.

08. piZap Collage

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PiZap offers over 1,200 layout options

  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Developer: Digital Palette LLC
  • Price: Free (with IAP)

With the piZap collage maker app, you can put together collages on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It offers over 1,200 layout options and 37 filters, and has been downloaded over 10 million times. It also offers over 2000 free stickers, if that's your thing.

09. Ribbet app

Photo collages: Ribbet collage maker

Ribbet is streamlined and capable

  • Platforms: iOS
  • Developer: Foto Friend Pty Ltd
  • Price: Free (with IAP)

Ribbet promises a streamlined editing interface that makes photo editing easy even if you aren't a designer. Drop images into one of the grid options and edit each one individually or the whole lot at once. The web version of this collage maker app has just had a cool redesign, so perhaps an update is on its way here, too.

10. PhotoVideoCollage Pro

Collage maker PhotoVideoCollage

PhotoVideoCollage brings video to the world of collage makers

  • Platform: Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
  • Developer: Bits&Coffee
  • Price: $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.

11. Collagelt

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Choose from five collage styles and over 60 templates

  • Platform: iOS, Mac, Windows
  • Developer: PearlMountain
  • Price: Free (Pro version $29.90)

PearlMountain's collage maker app offers a straightforward way to create photos on your Mac, PC or iPhone. 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. Choose from five collage styles (mosaic, grid, center, pile, free) as well as over 60 templates. There's also a smart fit feature and facial recognition. 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.

12. Shapecollage

Shape Collage is an automatic photo collage maker that creates collages in different shapes in just a couple of seconds. You can create picture collages in the shape of a rectangle, heart, text or logo, all with just a few clicks of the mouse. The tool 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.

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