- Photo collage software lets you create stunning montages filled with images, stickers, cropped elements, text, music, and even videos.
- Our top list will help you pick the right collage making software no matter if you are a beginner or a pro.
- Picking the right images for a collage can be a daunting task, we suggest using a photo comparison software that will make your life easier.
- Check our photo editing section for more top lists and guides.
As you all know, photo slideshow software gives you one way to show off your fave snapshots.
However, photo collages that display a collection of photographs within a single image file are a good alternative to slideshows.
Photo collage software enables you to set up picture collages with a variety of images that include additional embellishments (stickers and clip art), shapes, text, music and maybe even video.
The best programs will give you lots of templates and customizable backgrounds for collages along with image-editing tools and options.
These are some of the best photo collage software for various Windows platforms.
Adobe Spark (editor's choice)
Adobe Spark is another great product from Adobe. Besides having a large usage in the creation of logos, banners and letterheads, it is perfect for designing photo collages both for beginners and professionals.
It was built in mind with an easy to use dashboard and navigation panel. You can use it freely without any complex designing skills, the app already having tons of pre-made templates you can work on.
Adobe Spark gives you the ability to play around with different layouts, backgrounds, colors, fonts and much more. Also you can pick images from a vast library on Adobe Creative Cloud.
One feature that newbies are loving is the layout hint feature that gives you directions while editing so you don’t have to rely on your eyes or “guessing”.
The mobile app is also pretty usable and the best part is you don’t have to carry your laptop or PC around, you can create, edit and publish your project from anywhere.
Adobe Photoshop CC (suggested)
Another tool we recommend is Adobe Photoshop CC. It can be perfect if you are already using Adobe Photoshop and don’t want to switch to another Adobe product and by doing so, pay more.
The amount of work involved in collage creation will be greater as you will need to design from scratch. The outcome of the project depending on your editing skills and creativity. At the same time you will not be limited or influenced by the pre-made layouts like in the case of Adobe Spark.
To create a good-looking collage we recommend to stick only to a few images (5-10) and pick different sizes, you can also use Adobe Lightroom that can organize your image library and fasten the process. Also use the “Smart Objects” import option for safe resizing and editing on images.
One other reason to consider Adobe Photoshop for collage design is the ability to work on the images in real-time and make adjustments accordingly. You just need one app top to bottom for a high-quality montage.
If you’re looking for a freeware photo collage app, look no further than Fotor! Fotor is an app you can add to Windows 10 or 8 desktop and mobile platforms.
The software is also available for Android, iOS and Mac devices. Furthermore, you can set up photo collages with Fotor’s online collage tool.
The web tool has a Fotor Pro pack with a $8.99 monthly subscription that gives you more than 80 collage templates and other exclusive content.
Fotor for Windows enables users to set up collages with up to 80 templates that support up to nine photographs.
Alternatively, you can set up collages with its Freestyle mode to arrange the photos with a more unique layout. The software gives you options to adjust border shadows, corners and width and add patterns to borders.
In the Freestyle mode, you can rotate photos and adjust their transparency; and Fotor includes 22 unique backgrounds for collages.
It also includes export options for social media and photo sites such as Twitter and Flickr.
As Fotor is multi-purpose photography software, it also has plenty of image-editing options and more than 60 filter effects to enhance collage pictures with.
My Memories Suite
My Memories Suite is scrapbook software that’s fantastic for photo collages. This has tons of design tools and an intuitive UI that’s straightforward to navigate.
The software is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10 and Mac OS X platforms higher than 10.7.5. My Memories Suite is retailing at $39.99 on the publisher’s site.
The My Memories Suite gives you 86 premade templates to set up collages with, which is more than most alternative software.
You can also start one from scratch with custom canvas dimensions, which enhances the software’s flexibility.
My Memories Suite includes 1,354 embellishments to decorate your collages with, more than 100 shapes, 228 customizable backgrounds and extensive text options.
The software also enables users to export the collages as PNG, JPEG and PDF file formats, send them to printing services or add them to CD or DVD.
Picture Collage Maker
This program has had some rave reviews, and you can add it to Windows and Mac platforms. The software is available at $39.90, but for commercial users it’s retailing at $69.90.
The best thing about Picture Collage Maker is probably its speed and ease of use. It comes with a picture collage creator that enables you to set up collages in a jiffy.
The software boasts more than 100 templates and 500+ embellishments and other resources with which to spruce up collages.
It also has a pretty good set of editing tools, albeit without a black-and-white option.
CollageIt is collage maker software that has a streamlined UI design so that you can quickly set up collages. You can add the software to Windows and Mac platforms from this home page.
The software has a stripped down freeware version and a proprietary package retailing at $29.90. The freeware software doesn’t have a cropping tool and adds watermarks to the photos.
Setting up photo collages is quick and straightforward with CollageIt as the software includes real-time previews and a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor.
The software even automatically generates collages for you from up to 200 images.
Users can select to set up a collage from predefined templates or a blank sheet, and the software includes plenty of customization options for them.
Although CollageIt is a little short on photo-editing options, its cropping tool ensures you can fit photos within collage spaces.
MemoryMixer is photo collage software that includes a diverse range of editing options. The software is available for Windows (XP up) and Mac OS X (10.4.x or higher) platforms.
This is not freeware, but MemoryMixer is currently retailing at a discounted $19.95 on the publisher’s site. Open this page to check out the user galleries that showcase some of the software’s collages.
MemoryMixer includes 40 collage templates for users, which isn’t an especially extensive selection compared with some of the alternatives.
However, the software excels with its diversity of editing tools that provide more than 1,000 embellishments and 500+ backgrounds.
Furthermore, MemoryMixer has plenty of text and shape options. MemoryMixer also enables users to add multimedia elements to the collages.
Another good thing about this program is that it has an auto collage feature that automatically fills templates with selected photos.
It also comes with image-editing options for cropping, red eye removal, drop shadow and converting pictures to black and white or sepia. So there’s a lot of great collage tools crammed in to MemoryMixer.
Phototastic is a great alternative to Fotor for Windows Mobile users. There’s also a desktop version of the app, which you can add to Windows 10 and 8.1 from this page.
The Phototastic app is freely available, albeit with some in-app purchases; but the full version is retailing at $1.99. This is specifically a photo collage app and not just an image editor with additional collage options.
Phototastic has more than 140 standard collage frames for you to choose from, which can include up to 25 images.
The app also has loads of options with which you can add stickers, text, custom backgrounds and apply photo frames (including polaroid and filmstrip frames) to collages.
You can select more than 30 effects for photographs and adjust image contrast and brightness.
However, the real beauty of Phototastic is that the app has front and rear camera support so that you can capture images for the collages with a built-in action camera and apply effects to newly captured shots.
The app also supports photo sharing for Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Photobucket and other social media sites.
FotoFusion offers a series of interesting photo collage options — and this lands it to our list. If you haven’t used an image editor before, then FotoFusion is the right choice for you.
The UI is very simple to use and intuitive, which means you’ll need only a few hours to feel comfortable using the tool.
Simply add the images that you want to edit and use the auto collage features offered by this tool to get the job done.
Use a resizable auto collage region to make an instant attractive arrangement. Autoduplicate can create a dozen of customized group layouts in mere seconds. Autopopulate a 40 page wedding album instantly.
FotoFusion is more than a simple photo collage tool. You can use it to add various effects and layers to your images, resize your photos and much more.
Those are the best Windows programs and apps to set up photo collages with.
With the software, you can set up visually stunning collages that include stickers, clip art, unique layouts, text, shapes and additional multimedia.
Even if you don’t need to set up a picture collage, their additional image-editing options can still come in handy.
FAQ about photo collage software
- What is the best software to make photo collage?
The most popular and reliable collage making software is Adobe Spark, we also recommend it due to the intuitive interface and tons of beautiful layouts.
- What is the best free photo collage app?
Adobe Spark comes with a free version that can fully handle personal collage creation needs.
- How do I create a digital photo montage?
To create a digital photomontage you have two options, either uses software that comes with pre-made layouts or build one from scratch by using a tool like Adobe Photoshop.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.