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Ask Mayi: How Do You Make Your Collages?


I don’t pretend to know it all, but I sure love being a lifelong student + a perpetual teacher of this thing called life. Yes, I’m a firm believer in forever learning + infinitely giving + this is what this new column “Ask Mayi” is all about. Designer to answer all your burning questions, right here on heartmade’s site, this is my quest to give back, one question at a time, to a community that has given me so so much!



Hi Mayi! I love your new column “Ask Mayi”. You are so generous to share your knowledge 🙂

I have a question I have been wondering for a while now, since I am new to this whole blogging thing. How do you make your collection frames with the numbers on the pictures? Is it as simple as just using photoshop?




Nancy Nelson Jewelry



Great question Nancy. Let me tackle it right on!


There are plenty of ways to make a pretty photo collage. I actually switch between a few programs when editing photos + working on posts + creating collages, but by far my favorite is Picnik + have I mentioned it’s free? Freakin-mazing, I know! So, today I’m going to walk you step-by-step through the creation of a typical photo collage with numbers using Picnik.



To start, go to Picnik + then hit the “Collage” link located at the top navigation bar.



Inside the “Collage” station, the first thing you gotta do is upload your images. The light green buttons at the bottom of the page are specially designed to help you add your pictures from your desktop to your Picnik dashboard.



After browsing your images in your computer + adding them to your image basket, you’re ready to pick your collage design . Located at the top left hand sidebar, you will see a ton of different collage design alternatives. For this tutorial, I’ve picked a simple two by two image collage, but you can pick any of the designs you see available. After selecting your collage format, drag your images from your picture basket to the center, filling each empty quadrant. To customize your collage even further, you can play with the spacing + proportions + color + rows + columns using this time the left hand side column levelers. Take your time + have fun here. When you’re satisfied with your creation, hit the light green “Done” button located at the right hand top side of the page.



This is your design dashboard, where you’ll be able to customize your design even further with some cool add ins + shapes + text. + more. For this collage, I’ve added some rectangles + painted them yellow + sized them to my liking. Then added some numbers + customized them with a cool font. But you’ll soon find out the numerous variations you’ve got to play around with. You can pick any shape + color + typography you want. The possibilities are almost endless!



When you’re done, you’re ready to save your creation to your desktop to finally be able to share it with the world. Make sure to save your collage with a descriptive easy-to-find name + to select the right dimensions + resolution you need to fit your specifications.



And you’re done! Peace of cupcake right?


Thanks again for your awesome question Nancy. I really hope this was helpful!


Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Got any more photo tips or advice to share with the heartmade’s family about photo editing + collage making? If so, please leave a comment + let’s continue this great conversation below, shall we?



Mayi Carles


PS: Want your burning question answered on “Ask Mayi“? Hit me with it baby at mayicarles@gmail.com. I can’t tell you how excited it makes me feel to know you’re here + that we’re connecting.


That’s what it’s all about.


9 Responses to Ask Mayi: How Do You Make Your Collages?

  • Hazel says:

    Great collage – it looks like a page from a glossy catalogue! I recently started doing the same with some of my pictures, but I use Picassa (also free – awesome) and use the random pile setting, so it looks like someone just scattered all the photos all over a floor *G*

  • Victoria says:

    What a great blogging tip. Thank you for sharing!!

  • nancy nelson says:

    Oh, thank you Mayi! So helpful. I will try Picnik next time.

  • mayicarles says:

    glad this was helpful hazel + victoria + nancy. can’t wait to see your collages 🙂

  • Natalie Jost | Olive Manna says:

    So cool to see you post this. I’ve used a few different things in the past, but never thought to blog about them. 🙂 I use picasa for pictures on my computer and picnik for those only in my flickr account. Both are awesome. Thanks for sharing, Mayi!

  • Emily says:

    Thank-you, thank-you! This seems much easier than picasa (which I normally use).

  • Katie says:

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering this too! I use Picnik all the time and I had no idea this feature was on there!

  • Toni says:

    I use picnik too, but I had no idea I could add the little number tags and such. Thank you so very much for sharing this!

  • Angela says:

    I’m using Photoshop but when I want something to be made fast I’m using Photoscape. It’s SUPER! You can download it for free (and have access to it whenever you feel like it – no internet connection involved) and has so many features, filters,effects, plus you can use different ways of combining pictures together. And everything is free and ready to use (in Picnik all the COOL stuff are usually locked, unless you pay). I sound like a Photoscape advertiser but it’s the truth. I think that you can make all the photo corrections you want as in Photoshop but with simpler and easier steps. You don’t have to be a professional!

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