Create Free Photo Collages Online at PicMonkey


Creating photo collages is not something I’m normally in to but I recently encountered a situation where it was the most convenient method for sharing a special occasion with friends and family. Seeing how this was most likely not going to be regular occurrence I didn’t want to install any additional software so I set out to find a suitable online solution.

Once again I learned that ‘free’ does not necessarily mean free. In an obvious tactic to up-sell, all of the online collage creators I encountered are available in two flavors, free and premium, with the so-called “free” services crippled to varying degrees, particularly in terms of numbers and variety of available templates – many being so limited as to be practically useless.

The whole thing was turning into an exercise in frustration, but then I happened across the oddly named PicMonkey site and a ray of sunshine glimmered through the doom and gloom. PicMonkey does offer a premium service (it rather pompously calls “Royale”) but the free service is more than adequate for the the casual collage maker and certainly by far the best I came across.

picmonkey - layouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the layouts shown in the adjacent screenshot, down to and including “FB Cover” are available for free. You’ll notice the crown icon associated with the bottom three layouts signifying that they are available for Royale customers only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clicking on each layout type then reveals four further options:

Square Deal & L-egant layout options

Square Deal & L-egant layout options

Clicking an option then opens that particular layout in an adjacent design window at the default size of 2000 x 2000:


pic monkey - design window

From there you can drag the vertical and horizontal lines to create any configuration you want, drag the perimeters to resize the overall dimensions, or rotate the entire design area to meet your preference –  the whole thing is extremely flexible/versatile.

picmonkey - effects options

 

 

 

 

Going back to the sidebar again; clicking on the icon at the bottom opens up a menu where you can adjust spacing, round off corners, and select a background color (or transparent):

 

 

 

 

picmonkey - effects example

picmonkey - save options

 

Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, it’s a simple matter of clicking the Save button and then selecting your preferred destination – to your local computer, OneDrive, or Dropbox

 

 

Here’s a basic example I put together quickly (in a much reduced size):

PicMonkey Collage

If you are looking to create a photo collage online for free at some time, I hope this article saves you some leg work. I can highly recommend PicMonkey, it includes a number of excellent features and options in its free version, certainly much more than most others. Plus, it’s intuitive and easy to use, with quality results.


 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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