Get on the grid: Apps to create digital collages
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Sep 12, 2013 at 12:00:21 UTC2
Sometimes, one photo just isn't enough. Events, meals and selfie sessions can leave mobile photographers with dozens of images. Instead of bombarding social media with multiple posts, it's sometimes best to combine the photos to create a single image that tells a larger story in a grid. We looked at the most popular apps for creating collage compositions, picked out a few trends and highlighted the best apps for the job.
Marvelous Mosaic Apps
Digital photo mosaics have been around for over 20 years. The first one was created by Kodak for a TV commercial in the early 90s. (A great autobiographical article on its development can be read here.) Now, apps automatically create photo mosaics in seconds. Most apps will use photos from your smartphone gallery to mimic the color and shading of your chosen photo. Some will allow you to pick photos from internet search results or social media sites, while others include album art from your music library as well.
Crafty Mobile Scrapbooking
Leave the Mod Podge at home. With scrapbooking apps, you can frame your photos with flare and without glue. Digital scrapbooking requires precision that is hard to achieve on a smartphone, so many scrapbooking apps are tablet only. But if you have the time and enjoy perfecting details, you can find some apps that will give your smartphone photo displays a homemade feel.
Simple Gridding Apps
When all that you want is a clean line, there is no need to mess around with the apps that can make your photos look like they're on a doily. Every major mobile operating system has apps for easy geometric grids. One app, Pic Stich, has an offering for each: iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. While Pic Stich is a good staple for any mobile photographer, other choices go above and beyond with ornate borders, sticker details or even video functions.
Artsy apps for abstract collages
Simple apps are great to have, but sometimes you need to get funky. The iOS App Store, in particular seems to have a surplus of radical collage applications. Some of our favorites allow users to capture a new mosaic in real time, build a unique grid to fit any photos, or apply filters and edits to individual photos within cells.