Because sometimes, one hot pic just isn’t enough to capture the magic of your new haircut, or spring menu, or collection of designer parrot caplets. With a digital collage, you can combine multiple images into one bold visual statement.
You can build basic collages for your Instagram Stories directly in Stories Create mode. But to take your collages to the next level (or to craft something for your main feed), you’re going to need to look outside the app.
Read on for our favorite fool-proof graphic design tools to help create professional-looking photo collages for Instagram — no scrapbook scissors required.
14 Instagram collage apps
A Design Kit
Photo-editing favorite A Color Story spun off its graphic design tool A Design Kit a few years back, and it’s become an instant classic. (It appears on basically every list we do of best apps for Instagram!)
Design templates let you get craft with texture, shapes, lines, and color, while elements like stickers and font-nerd-approved fonts add the perfect finishing touch.
The Squarespace-owned app features hundreds of templates to jazz up your videos, photos and texts, with stylized collage options.
Unfold also has fun effects and fonts to make your post pop. Professional-grade preset filters add a unique vibe to your images.
Over updates their collection of striking modern templates and graphic and text elements daily, so there’s always something new to play with as you’re crafting your perfect Insta collage.
Photo-editing tools are built right into the program, too, so you can layer, mask, and tweak like a Photoshop pro with zero previous experience required.
Beyond a huge library of chic collage layout templates for Instagram to choose from, Mojo’s animation features offer the best of both worlds: your fave photos paired with dynamic text or graphic elements.
Tweak the timing and components as you see fit to customize pre-loaded designs.
Love a vintage vibe? Tezza might be the app of your dreams. Templates take inspiration from ‘90s magazines, Y2K mood boards, and dreamy vintage cinema.
Textural overlays like dust and paper give your collages a sense of depth and dimension. Craft a video collage with special effects if you’re craving something even more dynamic.
The vibe can lean a little more “Scrapbook mom” with PicCollage, but 200 million-plus users certainly seem to like it. No judgment!
Tons of grid options are available to quickly combine multiple images, but themed templates are on hand to help make it easy to celebrate or commemorate auspicious occasions (Happy Halloweeeeen!).
New stickers and backgrounds are added each week so you’ve got a fresh set of tools to play with regularly.
We’re not convinced “jointer” is technically a word, but with dozens of grid combinations (sorted by ‘classic’ and ‘stylish’) at your fingertips, who cares about the English language?
Let the pictures do the talking, you grammar nerd! The patterned and colored backgrounds are a fun option to help brand your collages.
For next-level collagery, download SCRL. The app allows you to make a seamless scrolling image for Instagram’s carousel feature (a format that is actually privileged by the Instagram algorithm, FYI!) and it’s prettttty impressive.
Layer on your fave camera-roll pics (or videos!) into one big graphic, and SCRL will chop it up to be ready to go for a multi-image upload.
Collage Maker ◇
There are a lot of apps called ‘Collage Maker’ out there. (Gotta get that sweet, sweet SEO!) But our fave is this one.
There are 20,000-plus combinations for your photo collages — all the grid options you could ever dream of, plus formats shaped like cascading hearts, kissing faces, or flower petals. Include videos in your collage if you’re feeling bold, and even add on music.
Layout from Instagram
The official collage app from Insta itself. Yes, it’s annoying that you have to download a separate app to access this multi-photo design feature, but it is what it is.
Remix your fave pics into various grid combinations and export right into Instagram’s create mode when you’re done.
Stylish filters, animated story templates, stickers and gifs: get creative with the formatting and editing options of StoryArt. Chic typography and influencer-cool design details like faux-Polaroid frames offer a quick and easy way to craft on-trend collages for your main feed, Stories, or Reels.
It’s been downloaded 10 million times and manages to have a 4.4-star rating on the Android app store — so it’s fair to say that StoryChic is a fan favorite.
More than 500 templates and tons of fonts and preset filters offer ample opportunity to get creative.
Most of Storyluxe’s collage templates (and there are a lot of them) are stylized to look like good old-fashioned film strips and prints. If that’s a look that feels like a fit for your brand, this could be the app for all your future Instagram collages.
Storyluxe also features specialty designer fonts: an opportunity to make your content stand out from the crowd, if adding a few key text phrases feels right.
PicMonkey is a robust online photo editing tool — helpful if you prefer to do your graphic design from your desktop.
It’s owned by Shutterstock but you can upload your own images (even ones from free stock photo sites!) to avoid premium charges and take advantage of their sleek Instacollage templates.
Their designs are particularly helpful if you want to combine imagery and text.
How to make a collage on Instagram
Tragic news: at this point in time, there’s no way to build a collage for your Instagram main feed directly in the app. (Why are the Insta gods so cruel!?)
You can, however, craft a basic collage for your Stories using Instagram’s Story Create mode. (Check out our Complete Guide to Instagram Stories for Business if you haven’t already!)
1. Open the Instagram app and tap the + icon at the top of the screen. Select Story.
2. This will open your camera roll. Tap on the camera icon here to access Create mode.
3. On the left-hand side of the screen, you’ll see a list of icons. Tap the third from the top: a square with lines in it. This is the Layout icon.
4. Tapping the Layout icon will open up a quadrant of layout on your screen. From here, you can fill each segment either with a fresh photo or something from your camera roll.
a. Option 1: Take a photo! To capture a photo, just tap the photo-capture button: the white circle in the center of the btoom of the screen. Once you take a photo, your pic will fill that top left corner shot. Continue shooting three more photos. To delete something and take a new pic, tap the photo and then tap the delete icon.
b. Option 2: Select from your camera roll. Tap the square camera-roll-preview icon on the bottom left corner of your screen to access your camera roll. Tap the photo you wish to be in the top left corner of the quadrant. Repeat until the screen has four photos. To delete something and take a new pic, tap the photo and then tap the delete icon.5. If you want to try a different layout, enter Layout mode and tap the rectangular grid icon directly below the Layout mode icon.This will open up a selection menu where you can choose an alternative style of grid. Tap your preferred style, and then fill each segment either with a photo capture or an image from your camera roll, as outlined above.
6. Happy with your new Insta collage? Hit the checkmark to confirm and move on to add stickers, text, or effects.
Tap the arrow in the bottom right corner when you’re ready to publish.
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