Collage makers

When just one image isn't enough, you can stitch many of them together to tell a tale

Thanks to mobile phones, almost everyone is a casual photographer these days. There are moments, however, when one photograph simply does not suffice. Making photo collections or albums is an option, but then persuading one’s friends to go through an entire album (whether online or in book form) can be quite a challenge. Which is where collages come into the picture (pun intended)—single pictures that are made up of a number of pictures themselves. In the paper-and-gum era, making a collage was quite a challenge—you ran the risk of ruining a picture if you did not get it right. But in the digital age, making a collage is often just a matter of picking the images, putting them in the right app and then simply choosing the arrangement you like. There are dozens of collage apps out there, enough to confuse a person; but if you are looking to make some really good collages, try some of our recommendations.

LAYOUT

iOS, Android

Free

Coming from the folks at Instagram, Layout is collage creation at its simple best. All you have to do is select the pictures, and the app puts them together within a number of sequence options. You can change images, alter their sizes and simply go right ahead and share them. It might not have as many formatting options (pictures are posted in straight lines—no crazy shapes) and bells and whistles as some of the other apps on this list, but for sheer simplicity, it has few equals.

EVENTILES

iOS

Free

Want to create collages without lifting a finger? All you have to do is download Eventiles. And then sit back as the app automatically picks what it considers to be the best photographs in your collection and groups them into collages based on location and time. It even adds a simple (rather basic) headline to the collage, so all you have to do is hit the “share" button to let your friends see your creation. Yes, you can add and remove images and change descriptions but, by and large, this is the app for those who just want a good collage, created quickly, rather than those who wish to play around with edit options.

PIP CAMERA

iOS, Android

Free

This is not really a photo-collage app in the purest sense of the term, but its ability to insert your images into different objects and then present them to the world wins it a place here. The core idea of the app is to allow you to place your picture into another picture (hence the PIP nomenclature)—so you can opt to place your picture on a postage stamp, a camera lens, a rear-view mirror and a number of other high-quality images provided by the app. You can opt to use up to three images. Editing options are limited, but if you want to place photographs against stunning and, often unusual, backdrops, this is the app to go for.

FUZEL COLLAGE

iOS, Android

Free

Want the ease of collage creation of Layout, but with far more—and funkier—options? We would suggest trying this app. Fuzel essentially works in the same way as Layout when it comes to selecting images, but it gives you more control over how you wish to arrange your pictures; so you can go for star-shaped formations, diamonds and circles, and even tweak whatever you do not like. You can even make your pictures move within the collage, giving (literally) a moving-picture effect.

REFLEXION

iOS, Android

Free

A live collage app? Well, that is what the folks from OnePlus (yes, the same company that makes the phones) have come up with. Reflexion is basically a collection of two photographs and their lateral inversions. So it is a bit like two pairs of images facing each other. The catch is that you can only use pictures that you take when you open the app—so you cannot use any existing picture. One picture has to be taken by the front camera, the other by the rear. There is only one format, and no formatting options, but those who like a challenge will love what OnePlus describes as “exploring contrasts and harmony in everyday moments".

PIC COLLAGE

iOS, Android

Free

If you are the type who likes to obsess about every detail of every image that goes into a collage, about the background of the collage, and even want to add different effects and filters to every image, without having to meddle with other photo-editing apps, Photo Collage is the app for you. It pretty much puts everything in a collage in your control. You can even clip out bits from pictures and add them to other pictures, pitch in stickers and add text in different fonts. You can also get images from Facebook and Instagram. Some might find it overwhelming, but for collage junkies, this is digital delight!

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