Create Keepsakes with Shape Collage

8/6/2012 5:21:30 PM

Have fun with your photos and memories by creating a collage in just a few minutes

What you’ll need

Lots of photos

Shape Collage app

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Shape collage

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What you’ll learn

How to use Shape Collage to turn lots of images into one impressive collage

Description: Create keepsakes with Shape Collage

Create keepsakes with Shape Collage

Do you have thousands of images stored on your computer and don’t know what to do with them? If so, Shape Collage was created just for you. This nifty piece of software can handle thousands of images and automatically organizes them into a fun picture collage. There are basic preset shapes to choose from, or you can create your own. You can have complete control over the size, angle, spacing and borders of the photos, or you can choose to let the software do all the hard work.

The software retains the quality of the photos (200dpi) so the results are good enough to print at large sizes if you wanted to create a poster or canvas. You can try the software for free at, but the upgraded Pro version of Shape Collage, which is available on the Mac App Store for $24.99, offers the ability to save the file as a PSD and edit each photo individually. It also removes the small watermark which is a feature on the free version. Shape Collage is available on multiple platforms including iPhone and iPad, online and on Facebook ( so you can create photo collages for everyone on the go.

3 of the best alternative apps for photo collages

PicMix ($0.99)

Description: PicMix

A collage app for your iPhone and iPad that lets you mix pictures into a montage using brushes and semi-transparent layers.

Photo Collage (Free)

Description: Photo Collage (Free)

A Facebook app that creates a collage from your photos. Choose from a variety of templates, including a heart and circle.

Photo grid (Free)

Description: Photo grid

An Android app that lets you arrange your photos. Shake to rearrange, add borders and share to Twitter and Facebook.

Create your shape

Description: Create your shape

As well as being able to pick from some great automatic shape settings, you can also create your own. Click on the More option under the Shape and Size tab, and a new dialog box will pop up. Select your brush size using the slider down the left-hand side then draw your own shape. Use the Eraser to make corrections then hit Done and you have your very own collage template!

Create a collage – a fun way to share your images

Step 1 – drag and drop

You can import photos into Shape Collage by either dragging and dropping them from the desktop into the left-hand panel as above, or by tapping the plus icon in the bottom-left corner. The more photos you import, the bigger and better the collage!

Description: Step 1 – drag and drop

Step 1 – drag and drop

Step 2 – pick share

Use the panel on the right of the interface to select the shape you want the collage to be in. you can chose from various options but some nice ones are a circle or heart shape. Hit Preview to see the result of your selection.

Description: Step 2 – pick share

Step 2 – pick share

Step 3 – edit settings

You can now hit Create and stick with default settings, but in this right-hand panel you can also make some tweaks. Select the collage size, the size of the photos and the spacing between each of them. Once again, hit Preview to see the results.

Description: Step 3 – edit settings

Step 3 – edit settings

Step 4 – appearance

In the second tab on this right-hand pane, tiled Appearance, you can add borders to your images. Select the box next to Colour, click on the swatch and then hit OK. Change the width using the Size slider or by typing in the % box.

Description: Step 4 – appearance

Step 4 – appearance

Step 5 – advanced

In the last tab on the right-hand panel, titled Advanced, you can customize your collage even further. Tweak the sliders to change the rotation and angle of the photos as well as increasing or decreasing the amount of shadow surrounding your images.

Description: Step 5 – advanced

Step 5 – advanced

Step 6 – set the quality

When you are happy with your selections, hit Create and the click Save in the dialog box. You can also adjust the quality by using the slider. If your project is only intended for an email, then reduce the quality to keep the image optimised.

Description: Step 6 – set the quality

Step 6 – set the quality

Step 7 – sit back and relax

Once you’ve hit Create, Shape Collage does all the hard work for you in a matter of seconds. When it has finished, check the place where you saved your project and your JPEG will be there, ready to be printed or emailed.

Description: Step 7 – sit black and relax

Step 7 – sit back and relax

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