How to create a quick and easy photo collage using Canva

I love creating projects using photos so I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy online tools and apps to help me make fun things with my memories. is an online creative website and there are also apps available for Apple and Android devices.

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The instructions are really easy! Here’s how to create a beautiful photo collage in minutes:

  1. Open Canva and select the “Photo Collage” design type

  2. Choose from hundreds of professionally designed layouts

  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images

  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text

  5. Save and share

Customize your photo collage.

  1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.

  2. Change the fonts. Choose from of over 130 fresh fonts.

  3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.

  4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

Publish for print or web

Once you’re happy with your photo collage, click the Download button to export as a PNG or JPEG file. If you want to print your photo collage, save it as a PDF.

If you want to share your design on social media or a website, PNG files are great for web.

I decided to play around a bit and came up with some fun creations. I only used free templates for these and I’m happy with how they turned out. I’ll show you the template screen shot first and then follow that with my own saved design.

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Here’s what it looks like with my own photos and some tweaks to the overlay color.

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I chose another template to work with

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and I love how it looks with my husband’s fly fishing photos!

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This square template is great for showcasing several photos at once.

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I used it to illustrate our visit to the aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

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All of these collage creations would be great to share on a blog or social media. I could also import them into the Project Life app or into a layered template in Photoshop Elements and use the collage in place of a single photo.

The resolution is sort of small on these with the free versions (1018x1080) on the shark reef collage so I wouldn’t print it in place of a full scrapbook page. It looks like you have more size options if you upgrade to a membership.

Here’s the pricing info:

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It’s nice to have another site and app to use for making collages!