The smartphone camera technology is getting better and better these days. If you have a HUAWEI P30, you don’t need to buy a digital camera unless you want to be a professional photographer. Today, we see many people taking photos using a smartphone when traveling and share them immediately to social media.
Instead of sharing multiple photos individually per post, some people prefer to put together several photos into a collage so they only need to upload one image. The question is, does it require Photoshop to create a photo collage?
Of course, you can create a photo collage with Photoshop or GIMP. But, there are some tools that allow you to create a photo collage easier way. In the previous post, we have compiled some of the online collage makers, but if you prefer a desktop-based app, below are 6 of the options you can use for Windows 10.
Fotor is actually an online photo editor, but the developer also offers the desktop version which is available for Windows and Mac. In addition to editing photos, Fotor can also be used to create a photo collage. The collage maker feature of Fotor is pretty cool. There are several collage templates offered by Fotor. You can choose the one according to the number of images you want to add to the collage. You can change the default white border with the color you want. Fotor also offers a free collage style. Choosing the free collage style option, you will be able to rotate and resize the individual image on the collage. You can also change the background of the collage. You can download the binary file of Fotor for Windows on its official website. Windows 10 users can also install Fotor via Microsoft Store.
PhotoPad is one of the products from NCH Software, a company that also created Classic FTP and other software. Same as Fotor, PhotoPad is also a photo editor. You can use it as a retouching tool and other needs related to image editing. Collage maker is one of the features offered by PhotoPad. The collage maker feature of PhotoPad offers several collage templates. You can add up 8 photos to the collage. PhotoPad also allows you to select a background for your collage in case you think that white background is too monotonous. In order to make the background be more visible, PhotoPad also allows you to set the border width. Furthermore, PhotoPad also allows you to set the border radius to get a rounded corner.
3. PhotoScape X
PhotoScape X is also a great collage maker you can install on Windows 10. This is a freemium tool. But don’t worry, your collage won’t be bothered by a watermark. You will only see some pro collage template as well as a small ad banner on the lower-right corner of the app window. PhotoScape X is functionality great. There are tens or even hundreds of collage templates you can choose from. Some templates require you to upgrade your PhotoScape to the pro version. After selecting a template, you can right-click a box on the collage to add an image or drag an image from the left panel. PhotoScape allows you to edit an image once it’s added to the box. You can also change the default background as well as setting the spacing between boxes and the roundness. You can get PhotoScape X on Microsoft Store.
4. Pic Collage
Looking for a light collage maker? Pic Collage probably is the tool you are looking for. Sizing roughly 15MB, Pic Collage is a great collage maker for a computer with low and intermediate specs. You can get this collage maker on Microsoft Store. Unlike other tools above, Pic Collage doesn’t come with other image editing features. It is designed specifically for creating collage. The collage style options will appear once you selected the images. There are no many options offered by Pic Collage. You can only set the space between boxes.
The downside of Pic Collage is that your collage will contain a watermark unless you buy the pro version.
5. Collage Maker – Photo Grid & Montage
Collage Maker – Photo Grid & Montage is another great option if you are looking for a lightweight collage maker for Windows 10. However, you have to deal with an ad banner if you use the free version of this tool. Plus, you won’t be able to remove the watermark on the bottom-right of your collage. This collage maker allows you to add text as well as sticker to the collage you are creating.
6. Phototastic Collage
Phototastic Collage is another lightweight collage maker for Windows 10. It is also released as a freemium tool, but your collage won’t contain a watermark like Collage Maker – Photo Grid & Montage and Pic Collage. Plus, the features offered by Phototastic Collage are richer than those two tools. This collage maker allows you to retouch each photo you added on the collage such as adjusting the exposure, contrast, color temperature, and so on. You can also add a filter to each photo on the box. You will see an ad banner on the left side of the Phototasticc Collage window if you use the free version, but this banner will disappear as you edit a photo. The free version only allows you to add the maximum of 4 photos while the pro version allows you to add up to 25 photos.
Phototastic Collage allows you to change the default background, whether with a solid color or image. You can also add a sticker and text to your collage. You can also set the space between boxes inside the collage, as well as the roundness of the boxes.