Since this post is image heavy, I have divided it into two parts. This is part 1 of a two part series on using PicMonkey to make a photo collage. You can find part 2 on the photo collage tutorial series here: PicMonkey Photo Collage Tutorial Part 2. Another link will be provided at the bottom to make it easy to continue to the next part.
Hey friends! Today is the last day of school and I made the boys pose for a picture to commemorate this great moment.
It went something like this:
Me: “Hey G, come on down and let’s get a quick picture.”
Tween: “No thanks.” (Fastest response ever.)
Me: “O.k. but your electronics will be my electronics…”
(In that put out, “if you insist” tween voice)
Tween: “Fine. I’m coming.”
My threat worked well, didn’t it? They look happy as can be, but at least I have a picture.
I love fun photo collages whether it’s of family or furniture, but they’re not as easy to make as you think they would be. Ok, for the computer savvy people I’m sure they are a breeze, but I had to spend some time learning how to do them.
Canva and PicMonkey both have free photo collage programs and I suggest checking them both out to see which one fits your needs the best. Sometimes I like using Canva for a particular project while at other times I prefer Picmonkey for its editing abilities. I think you have more options with PicMonkey, but it is a bit tougher to use. Today I’m going to walk you through a step by step tutorial so you can make your own PicMonkey photo collage.
The pictures in this collage are from two years ago and are not the best quality, but since I want to make an album with collages of the boys’ first and last day of school for each year, I have to go with the pictures I took back then. So forget about the quality of the pictures and let’s move on to how I made the collage.
Here’s the collage we will be building:
When you go to PicMonkey you will see this:
Editing Photos in PicMonkey
If your photos are dark or need to be resized you will click on “Edit” which is found in the top menu.
You will then have a list on the left hand side with editing options. I usually use Exposure, Colors, and Sharpen. If you are happy with the quality of your photos, then you can skip this step.
After editing the picture, click “save” and the picture will be saved to your computer with the changes you just made.
Making a Collage
Now you’ll go back to the PicMonkey home page and click on “Collage”.
At this point it will automatically have you load the images you want to use. You can always load extra pictures now or later if you aren’t sure which you will look the best in the collage.
After you have your images loaded, you should click on the second blue icon for “Layouts”.
On the “Layouts” I chose the first option in “Square Deal” which gave me 4 cells.
I then hovered over the “X” in one of the four boxes and clicked on “Remove Cell” so that I would have one long box in the column.
I went to the other column and removed a cell so I would have one long column on that side, too.
Click on “Images” next. Now you can see I have two images I plan on using and two cells to place them in.
You will then click and drag each photo into the cell you want it in. If you don’t like the cell you put it in, then click on the “X” in the right hand corner of the picture to remove it from the cell. Don’t worry. The photo will still be saved in the sidebar.
If you would like to change the layout, add another cell, column, or row, you will use the dotted lines around the cells to do this. You can also adjust the length &/or the width of the collage by clicking and dragging the edges.
Once you are satisfied with the photo collage, you should save it to your computer so you will have a fresh copy in case you don’t like the overlays or any other edits you add in the next step. Otherwise you’ll have to repeat all of these steps again!