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.
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 from the software’s website.
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.
This Windows Report post tells you a little more about the app.
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 autocollage features offered by this tool to get the job done.
Use a resizable autocollage 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.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.