Creating a Photo Collage Using iPhoto

My wife and I recently took a (much-needed) trip to Maui. While there, we took a LOT of beautiful photos of the island. Now that we're back and some time has passed, it's time to do something with those photos. iPhoto makes it easy to create great-looking printed photo books, calendars, cards and even digital slideshows using your photos. But what about collages?

Collages are great for telling a story in a concise space. Unfortunately, the ability to create collages in iPhoto isn't obvious to most. In fact, it's really only noticeable to those who are able to think outside the box. Fortunately, I like to think outside the box, therefore I have a solution for you!

Here is a sample collage that I made in iPhoto, and it took me all of about 30 seconds to make:

Here's how to make your very own photo collage using nothing more than iPhoto.

Step 1) select the photos you want to include in your collage from your iPhoto library

Step 2) Click on the "Share" button, then select "Mail" (this will open a new window where you can create a new email message using your selected photos)

Step 3) Select the style of the collage you wish to make from the style library on the right side of the window

Step 4) Enter the text you want to add to the body of the collage/email

Step 5) Uncheck the "Attach photos to message" box (this will ensure that the end result is a single photo file, rather than a series of files)

As of now, your message should look something like this (with different photos and possibly a different collage style):

Step 6) Send the email to yourself (yes, yourself)

At this point, you may be asking yourself if I've gone mad. I sometimes ask myself the same thing, but not today! By sending yourself this email, you will be asking iPhoto to generate a beautiful collage of your selected photos, and then sending that collage to yourself. When you get the email, you will find one image file attached... and you will find that it will look exactly like the email message you just created in iPhoto, including your text.

From here, you have the option of cropping the photo to meet your exact needs. Once you are done with final tweaking, you are left with a beautiful and professional-looking collage go photos, great for printing, scrapbooking, etc.

It may seem too good to be true, and it is. There are some downsides to creating a collage this way. For example, once you collage has been created, there's really no way to edit it. You also don't have a lot of control over image placement or adding additional elements to the collage. Keep in mind that this is not technically a collage-creating tool. But it is a nice, easy-to-use way of using iPhoto to create collages on the fly.

Posted on May 23, 2014 and filed under Design, How To, Mac.