When a picture doesn’t say enough and a video says too much, the best photo collage apps can be just the thing to tell your story. No more stressing over which photo best represents a birthday party, family beach outing, or a breaking news event, and no need to force people to sit through a video. Collages — which can include both photos and videos and even some simple animation — are an easy way to pull together your best memories and flexible enough to let you decide on how many you need.
But there are a lot of photo collage apps, each with its own unique set of features and pricing. We took a look at a number to find out which is the best.
What are the best photo collage apps?
After looking at a number of options, we think the best photo collage app overall is Pic Collage. It's compatible with both Android and iOS devices, offers dozens of templates, patterns, backgrounds, and grids from which to create your photo collage, and lets you easily share your creation to social media sites.
Pic Collage has an intuitive layout that lets you quickly start a project, or get inspiration from pre-made templates spanning a number of categories and genres. It also has a pretty comprehensive set of photo editing tools, so you can touch up each picture to your liking.
Like most photo collage apps, Pic Collage is free, but if you want to remove ads and gain access to additional features, layouts, stickers, and more, you'll have to purchase a subscription, which costs $4.99 per month, or $35 per year. So, if you're going to pay up, we suggest you also look at some less expensive options on our list, such as Diptic, which has a one-time fee of $2.99, or Moldiv, which is free but only costs $14.99 for all its features.
With Pic Collage, you get the choice of starting off with a classic collage grid, freestyle blank scrapbook or a pre-made template. Just review the photos from your library or social media accounts, and choose the ones you want to include: Pic Collage automatically delivers a wide variety of templates and grid patterns to accommodate what you've picked. Then you can adjust the overall size of the grid and the individual cells inside it, change the boundaries, set a background color or pattern, and adjust the focus of the image inside each cell, or swap images.
A built-in photo editor lets you apply basic edits to each image, and apply stickers, doodles, effects, and picture frames.
Pic Collage is free, but a premium version which removes the watermark and the ads and gives you access to more templates, stickers, patterns, and lets you add videos to collages, is $35.99/year or $4.99/month. You can also purchase individual templates and sticker packs, which range in price from 99 cents to $2.99.
Diptic — which works with both photos and videos in the same collage frame — launches with tons of templates (in categories like Animated, Classic, Jumbo, Bordered, Fancy and Fresh) for showcasing your narrative. You can adjust all aspects of the design including the size and color of the cell borders, frames, aspect ratio and fonts.
The app lets you combine photos, videos, and Live Photos captured by your iPhone into a single template. You can even specify video quality. If you really like your composition, you can save custom layouts for reuse. You can also apply a variety of adjustments to each photo, derived from your Camera Roll, Facebook, Dropbox, or Flickr accounts, add a song from your iTunes library, and share the package directly to social media.
Diptic isn't free— the app costs $2.99, with additional layouts and texture packs, watermark removal, and more available as in-app purchases for 99 cents each.
Collages typically cluster images together in a template, magazine page or greeting card design to convey a message or narrative. But Moldiv (Android, iOS) recognizes that each picture tells its own story. And that’s why, at launch, you get to perfect your image components before you start loading them into Moldiv’s hundreds of frames and magazine covers and layouts.
The app provides a full toolbar with edits like Crop, Clarity, Exposure, Color, Vibrance and more. You can use images in your camera roll or shoot new images directly in the app. A separate Beauty Camera concentrates on creating attractive selfies complete with face slimming, skin softening, and eye enlarging. If the free options aren’t enough, in-app purchases let you buy extra packs of filters, stickers, and patterns from $1.99 to $6.99 each, or all packs for $14.99.
Even if you don’t have a clear sense of how to arrange your new collage, PicPlayPost has you covered. At launch, the free app automatically presents a For You compilation of your latest images and videos in an animated slideshow format — complete with zooms, multi-photo drop-ins, and transitions. You’ll be tempted to just stop there. But there’s much more.
You can select from among six aspect ratio choices (including Instagram specialties) and you can opt to include music from your collection of songs or videos, or find new music to buy. The launch screen presents additional enticing choices like creating a slideshow with transitions and animated text or a collage that includes photos, videos, and GIFs and Live Photos. Whatever you decide, you can tweak each component individually in the template.
In-app purchases from $1.99 to $24.99 offer additional frames, pro editing features and your own watermark. A $6.99 per month subscription plan provides enhanced video editing, creation of multi-collage slideshows, animated, pin, or perspective text, and more. The total package with all add-ons is $99.99.
A photo editing app with a distinctive social orientation, PicsArt’s main screen not only lets you get started with a collage, but lets you access a community feed that showcases creations made with the app, making it easy for you to search for artwork from friends and followers. It's no coincidence that a large part of PicsArt's appeal lies in the art of the remix. You can use your own images, but you can also tap into photos uploaded by others to fit into your concept.
Editing features include drawing tools, templates, background images, HDR photo filters, fonts and AI-style effects. In addition, the app lets you apply a huge number of edits to each image from cropping, adjusting brightness, contrast and saturation to adding special effects, blending modes, and shape crops. You can even create double exposures, memes and your own sharable stickers. A Remix Chat function lets groups work on projects together.
In-app purchases of memes and sticker and frame packs cost up to $3.99. A PicsArt Gold subscription of $8.99 per month or $55.99/year switches off the ads and lets you access to all premium content.
PiZap is a combination photo editor, collage maker, designer, and meme generator. First, the app lets you fix photos from your image collection so they will look good in a collage, greeting card or poster. The app’s design section has templates for Facebook, YouTube and Twitter cover art as well as for web ads and business cards. The teen-oriented patterned categories offer hundreds of layouts and templates to choose from, including collage templates and design layouts with themes for holidays, sentiments and other special occasion themes.
PiZap lets you add text and symbol memes, filters and shapes; you can apply special effects to each image. Just pick the layout you want and start loading it with your pictures and adjusting the images. PiZap is free, but a Pro version, which removes ads and gives you access to additional filters, fonts, stock images, all meme layouts, and more, is $35.99 per year, or $5.99 per month.
With the free Pic Stitch, you can make both photos and videos part of your collage, with customized aspect ratios and musical accompaniment. Each photo or video is trimmed and fixed before you add it to the template. You can add filters, text, stickers, doodles and watermarks, while cropping, cutting out, and even adjusting video playback speed. Just drag and drop to swap cells within the template. As you use the app, a text overlay pops up training you on how to handle app functions like frames, zoom and image swap.
The app lets you share on all popular social media, or via email; you can also save to your Gallery or Camera Roll, with Pic Stitch facilitating export in high resolution. You can order prints from Shutterfly or Walgreens for in-store pickup. Pic Stitch Pro, which gives you an ad-free experience, additional frames, custom borders, and lets you create your own layout, is $29.99/year, or a one-time payment of $129.
When you launch PhotoGrid, all you have to do is scroll through your photo or video collection and choose the images you want to include. The app does the rest.
But that’s not all. Photo Grid provides 15 modules from classic collages to Snapchat styles. Those include the Venus Filter, which makes anyone look like a barely recognizable fairy princess, or Twinkle, which automatically adapts the style of famous painters or specific paintings like van Gogh's Starry Night. The Meme filter gives you the classic template for text on top and bottom with your image in the middle and the ability to change the layout and add stickers, gradient backgrounds and many more decorative elements and GIFs. This fun app gives you plenty to do with additional modules like Face Pop, Scrapbook, 3D cards, and general zaniness.
PhotoGrid is free, but the Premium version is $29.99/year or $4.99/month, and removes ads and watermarks, gets you premium updates, and more.
Unlike most other collage apps, LiveCollage has a clean homepage with pastel-colored icons in the lower half for creating collages, editing photos, videos, erasing backgrounds, and adding filters and the like. It also has a Beauty filter, which lets you tweak a person's facial features, including their smile, chin, nose, lips, and eyebrows.
The app has a number of templates for creating collages, including ones formatted specifically for Instagram and Facebook. You can also create custom canvas sizes, as well as ones that are in shapes such as hearts and stars. There are even 3D-style templates, though these require a subscription.
LiveCollage is free, but a subscription ($4.99/month or $35.99/year) removes ads and watermarks, lets you access premium content, and lets you receive weekly updates. You can also purchase extra themes, stickers, fonts, effects, and borders.
In addition to letting you make collages, Collageable also has templates for creating magazine-like covers, and has a beauty filter for touching up faces in your photos. Collageable has dozens of photo layouts from which to choose, ranging from two photos up to 25 per collage. Even more are available with a subscription.
As with other collage apps, you can add backgrounds, text, and stickers, though options are pretty limited with the free version. If you spring for the premium subscription ($23.99/year, $4.99/month) you can then get access to all the layouts, additional features, and all the ads are removed, too.
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How to choose the best photo collage app for you
When choosing to download a photo collage app, look at their design versatility and presentation. Some include an assortment of template frames and grids and magazine or greeting card layouts. Other picks offer valuable extras such as in-camera shooting and editing, filters, text, backgrounds, and stickers. Despite their template structure, these apps give you a voice to create your own unique statement to share over social media, email, and even print.
Almost all photo collage apps are free to download, so there's no harm in giving several of them a spin to see which you like best.
However, almost all photo collage apps require you to sign up for a subscription if you want premium features, such as customizable templates, a wider selection of layouts and stickers, and no ads or watermarks. These subscriptions can be pricey—upwards of $35 per year—so you'll want to make sure you'll get a lot out of the app before opening your wallet.