How to Make Collages on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Creating collages on Mac is a fun and creative way to showcase your photos and memories. Whether you want to make a digital collage for your blog or print it out and frame it as a gift, Mac offers a variety of tools and applications that make the process easy and enjoyable. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to create stunning collages on Mac.

Gather Your Photos

Before you start creating your collage, gather all the photos you want to include. Organize them in a folder on your Mac for easy access.

Method 1: Using Preview

If you’re looking for a simple and quick way to create a collage, Preview is a great option. Here’s how:

  1. Open Preview: Launch the Preview application on your Mac by searching for it in Spotlight or locating it in the Applications folder.
  2. Select Photos: Go to “File” > “Open” or use the shortcut Command + O to select the photos you want to include in your collage.
  3. View Thumbnails: In the sidebar, click on “Thumbnails” to view all the selected photos as thumbnail images.
  4. Select Photos: Hold down Command key and click on each photo you want to include in the collage.
  5. Create Collage: Once all the desired photos are selected, right-click (or Control-click) on one of them and choose “Open With” > “Preview”.
  6. Edit Layout: In Preview, go to “Edit” > “Insert Page From File”. This will add each selected photo as a separate page in Preview.
  7. Arrange Photos: Drag and drop the pages to rearrange the photos in your preferred order.
  8. Save Collage: Finally, go to “File” > “Export as PDF” to save your collage as a PDF file on your Mac.

Method 2: Using Canva

If you’re looking for more advanced features and customization options, Canva is a fantastic web-based tool that offers a wide range of templates and design elements. Here’s how to create a collage using Canva:

  1. Open Canva: Launch your preferred web browser and visit the Canva website (
  2. Create an Account: Sign up for a free account or log in if you already have one.
  3. Select Collage Template: On the Canva dashboard, click on “Create a design” and search for “collage”. Choose a template that suits your style or start with a blank canvas.
  4. Add Photos: In the left sidebar, click on “Uploads” and select the photos you want to include in your collage.

    Alternatively, you can also choose from Canva’s vast library of free stock images.

  5. Edit Layout: Drag and drop the selected photos onto the template or canvas. Resize, rotate, and position them as desired.
  6. Add Text and Elements: To make your collage more engaging, you can add text, shapes, stickers, and other elements by using the options available in the left sidebar.
  7. Customize Design: Use Canva’s editing tools to customize the colors, fonts, and other design elements to match your artistic vision.
  8. Save and Download: Once you’re satisfied with your collage, click on the “Download” button in the top-right corner to save it to your Mac.

With these methods, you can unleash your creativity and make beautiful collages on your Mac. Whether you prefer a simple approach with Preview or want to explore more advanced options with Canva, the choice is yours. So gather your photos, follow the steps, and start creating stunning collages today!

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