How to Make a Photo Collage for Free

by Angela Neal ; Updated September 22, 2017

You may have seen those photo collages on websites and wondered how they were done. Sometimes people use special photo collage software that automatically puts the photos you choose into an arrangement. If you don't want to buy or download software that can potentially harm your computer, you can still make your own photo collage for free with the simplest graphic editing programs. You just need to know the techniques used to easily put together your own collage.

Open "Microsoft Paint" if you have Windows or "Paintbrush" if you're on a Mac. You can also download "Paint.NET" which is an open source program that will make it easier for you to create your photo collages.

Click "File" > "New" and enter the size you want your collage to be in pixels. In "Paint": Add a new photo to the collage by clicking "Edit" > "Paste From." Navigate the folders on your computer and select your photos. In "Paint.NET": Click on "Layers" > "Import New File" to do the same.

Click and drag the resize arrows on the corners of each new photo and size the photo so it fits the collage. Rotate the images in "Paint" by selecting "Image" > "Flip/Rotate." In "Paint.NET": Click "Layers" > "Rotate/Zoom."

Click and drag the photos with your mouse and arrange them into a formation, such as a round cluster, a heart or any free-form arrangement you like. Save your work and give it the file extension .png or .jpg so your can post it on the Internet.

About the Author

Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera cat collage image by Colin Buckland from Fotolia.com