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7 Easy Ways to Rock Your Photo Collages

Sometimes one photo just isn’t enough—we know. Photo collages are gaining momentum in the social media universe, but there’s a lot of untapped potential in the art of collage making.

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With tons of photo collage apps out there, you can pretty much do anything you want with a smartphone and an Internet connection. With all of the different options available to you, we’ve come up with a few new techniques to help you create collages with tons of style.

Repeat, repeat, repeat

This technique works particularly well with minimalist compositions. Take a cue from Andy Warhol and use a gridded template to insert the same image into every space.

Repeat

If you want to take it to the next level, reinsert your collage into your template for an even more dizzying shot.

Don’t be afraid of empty space

Who says all of your grid spaces need to be filled? Your template is your canvas, and you’re free to fill it in any way you like.

Empty-space

Allow for a little blank space in your creation to create a more harmonious, balanced composition.

Choose the right template

With lots of collage making apps and plenty of different templates available, there’s really no limit to what you can create.

Right-template

We’re huge fans of the templates offered by PicsArt Photo Studio because they go beyond the usual square and rectangular shapes and they even allow you to adjust your borders. You can create awesome collages that literally break the mold.

Share a slice of life

When shooting for a photo collage, try using your device’s burst mode, or taking a series of shots, and then stitching them together in a collage template.

Slice-of-life

The look is very paparazzi-inspired, so you’ll find this sort of collage all over celebrity Instagram feeds.

Play panographer

Panography is the art of assembling a patchwork of different images taken from a single vantage point. Panographies allow you to show a super wide-angle view that couldn’t be captured in a single image.

Panographer

It’s a complicated and time consuming process, but you can create a similar effect using a collage template (again, we turned to PicsArt for cool templates like this).

Just insert the same image into each empty slot and fiddle around with the size and crop of each section to create a prismatic final image that’s reminiscent of a complicated panography.

Compare & contrast

Just like double exposure photography, collages give you a unique opportunity to juxtapose two images to create a whole new work of art, whether it be silly or serious. For example, juxtapose a shot of a friend with a shot of your dog for a laugh-out-loud creation, or contrast your before/after shots on a DIY project.

Compare-and-contrast

Comparing and contrasting visually similar images offers tons of different possibilities.

Go surreal

In the modern photo editing world, your images can be manipulated, bent, twisted, and molded like clay. We love the simplicity of PicsArt for creating surreal images like the one below.

Go-surreal

The Internet has been especially abuzz with collages since Instagram launched its new collage app Layout, but PicsArt actually offers an equally simple user experience and way more flexibility. You can use their Mirror Effect to create mind-bending images and then apply filters and add overlays without ever leaving the app.

And there you have it. With a little creativity and the right tools, you can create awesome collages. Have any other ideas for creating cool collages? Share them in the comments section below!

Nancy Young

Nancy is a passionate freelance writer and blogger. She writes inspirational articles on web design, photography, and technology. She enjoys traveling, reading and meeting new people. Nancy believes in a magic of written words to inspire and motivate. Currently, she is working as a writer at PhotoBlog.
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