Narrowing down your photos to a single favorite is challenging, especially when you have a multitude of images from an event or vacation that you want to show off. Instead of uploading photo after photo to Instagram or Facebook, get creative and create a collage of your top picks.
These seven photo collage apps for the iPhone go far beyond simple layout templates – they also offer rich editing features, built-in cameras with fun effects, and photo communities to join.
Capcam lets you crop and place your photos into a variety of collage layouts. The simple tap-and-drag lets you easily arrange your images. Draw attention to specific photos or parts of a photo with focus and exposure editing. Share your creations to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or send them to a friend via Messages.
Additional Features: Creative photo filters; text styles for adding captions.
Diptic lets you create both photo and video collages with up to 9 segments. There are multiple layouts to choose from (over 190, and more through in-app purchases), including Classic, Bordered and Fancy Designs (waves, peace sign, hearts). With animated grids, you can highlight each photo or video from the collage in succession. Each layout also comes with several customization and enhancement options. For example, you can slide the frame lines or joints for the best fit. Once you’ve personalized a layout, you can save it to use later on. Add colored or textured borders to your content; round both the inner and outer borders; and adjust their thickness. For video collages, you can add music from your Music Library and adjust when the audio starts and stops. You can also customize the start and stop times of the video itself.
Additional Features: Editing (brightness, contrast, hue, saturation); 14 filters; orientation (flip, mirror, rotate, pan, zoom); text styles for captions.
Layout from Intagram
With Layout, the collage app from Instagram, you can use up to nine images from your Camera Roll or snap new ones with the Photo Booth feature. This app automatically assembles the images you’ve chosen, giving you an assortment of combination and layout options. Once you’ve picked one, you can further customize it to get it just right. You’ll be able to adjust orientation (flip or mirror), replace photos, swap places, zoom in or out, and resize. While there aren’t any special borders to choose from, you can opt to either keep the borders or remove them.
Additional Features: Faces feature to find photos with people; Recents tab to view the last 30 photos you’ve chosen.
MOLDIV sets itself apart from many other collage apps because it lets you combine as many as 16 images into a single layout. Choose from over 310 frames and adjust the aspect ratio so each image fits just the way you want. Adjust aspect ratio, photo size and frame size. In Magazine mode, you can create a magazine-style collage, a poster or an album with 135 different layouts.
Additional Features: Beauty Camera for perfect selfies; 12 themes with 180 filters; professional editing tools; design extras (560 stickers, 92 backgrounds, over 300 fonts); Pro Camera mode with live filters and a photo booth; advanced camera features like white balance, anti-shake and self-timer.
Photo Grid has collages for both photos and videos, with more than 300 templates to choose from. Templates can be customized, too, and you can include up to 15 photos in a single grid. In Scrapbook mode, you can design freestyle to create a personal scrapbook, then add unique features to your pictures, like curled edges. Crop and resize your images so they perfectly fit your chosen layout, and choose your border. For video collages, add up to four videos or mix-and-match videos with photos. Content is updated every week, so it’s worth it to check this app often to see what new features it has.
Additional Features: Over 100 live and animated filters; over 60 regular filters (Beautify, Retro, Halo); Animal Vision filter to see through the eyes of a cat, dragonfly, bird and more; add-ons (500 stickers, text, 90+ backgrounds, graffiti); edit effects (blur, brightness, contrast, saturation); Retouch to improve skin appearance; slideshows with up to 50 images; camera effects (fisheye, split screen, fade).
Pic Collage has hundreds of photo grids for collage creation, and you can also use freestyle mode to layout your images however you want, scrapbook-style. Choose templates for special events, like birthdays or holidays. Make customizations to the photo border and grid. The Internet search feature lets you look online for images to add to your collage, and you can also add GIFs. Rotate, resize and delete images as needed. Once you’ve finished arranging your photos, you can draw on your collage with the Doodle tool. When you follow other Pic Collage users, you can remix their collages with your designs.
Additional Features: Stickers; patterns; exclusive content from well-known brands (Pacman, Hello Kitty); backgrounds; filters; pre-made card templates for various occasions; photo editor with custom effects.
PicsArt Photo Studio
The PicsArt collage maker has hundreds of templates to choose from, plus thousands of images uploaded by the app community that you can use as backgrounds. Add free-to-edit pictures into your collage to fit your theme. Create grid, template or freestyle collages. You can also choose from a variety of frames and borders. Check out their Photo Challenges and Contests to learn editing and collage tricks, and get inspiration for your next creation.
Additional Features: Clipart library; user-created stickers; drawing tools; photo editor (cutout, stretch, clone, double exposure); artistic photo filters; backgrounds; text for captions and overlays; built-in camera with live effects.
One Last Thought
With so many free photo apps available for iOS, you don’t have to pick and choose the features you want. From adding cute embellishments to photos of you and your friends to creating magazine-perfect layouts for stylized brand marketing, creative photo collages can take all different forms.