How to Make a Photo Collage in Microsoft Word

The ease of use of Word is not limited to writing and editing text. You can add tables, charts, images, and simple graphics to decorate your text and make it easier to read. If you’re thinking a little outside the box, why not use Word to create photo collages?

Admittedly, Word may not have all the features and tools of a design/graphics app, but that doesn’t stop you from building a great collection of your favorite photos. With a little creativity and a few tips and tricks from this article, you should be able to do it in no time.

In addition, you can save your design as a template/layout and simply change the images in the collage. But first things first, let’s see what are the steps to create a collage in Word.

Create a collage in Microsoft Word.

As mentioned, Word doesn’t offer a ready-made layout or collage template unless you download a third-party one from the web. This means that you will need to do everything from scratch. It may take a little longer initially, but you will get a fully customized end result.

Using the developer option

Step 1

Open a new Word document, click “File” and select “Options” from the blue menu on the right. Select “Customize the Ribbon” from the pop-up window and be sure to check the “Developer” box in the “Customize the Ribbon” section. Click OK to confirm when you’re done.

Note. This step is for those using Microsoft Word 2013 or 2016. If you are using a different version, the first step may not be necessary. Mac users will need to click the “Word” option in the top left corner, then click “Preferences” and “View” to enable developer options.

Step 2

With the Developer option enabled, go to the Developer tab and select Image Control. Click the icon and add as many image slots as you want, then click the center of the image to add images from the file.

Step 3

Once the image is inside the slot, you can drag the sides of it to resize it to fit the layout. There is also an option to skew the images a bit to make the design more interesting. Just take an image and move it left or right to get the desired angle.

Using Word tables

This method can be used with any version of Word, and applies even if you’re using the free cloud-based or app-based version. Here are the required steps.

Step 1

With the new Word document included, select the Insert tab and click the Table drop-down menu.

Depending on the number of images you want to insert, choose a table layout. If necessary, you can fit the table to the page .

Step 2

You will get a relatively small text field at the top of the screen. It is advisable to expand it to cover the entire page. This way you will get extra space to insert images.

Also, feel free to use the Table Design tab to change the layout color and choose a background fill. Check all available styles by clicking on the arrows on the toolbar. There is also an option to get a different border style.

If you have selected a border style, use the pen tool and click on each border to apply the style. You can get creative here as there is no need to style all the borders.

Step 3

With the basic layout in place, it’s time to insert the images into the Word collage template. Select the panel/cell of the collage where you want to paste the image, click “Insert” and select “Image from file”.

If you don’t resize the image before importing, it won’t fit in the collage slot. If it’s too big, select the image and resize it to fit the collage.

Tips and tricks for working with images

Word offers a surprising number of image tools and effects to make images stand out. You can adjust brightness and color, add artistic effects, or change the transparency of an image.

Moreover, you can apply about thirty graphic effects and frames. You can fine-tune each of the applied effects in the Picture Format menu on the right. Click on the Effect tab and select the arrow to open the adjustment sliders.

Step 4

When you’ve finished your design, click on the little floppy disk icon to save your collage. Give the document a name, add some tags, and choose a destination and file format.

You should be aware that file formats are one of the disadvantages of creating collages in Microsoft Word. To be precise, documents are saved in different text formats (.doc, .docx, .dot, etc.). However, you can export the collage to PDF, which might be the best option if you want to print it. However, you will not be able to upload the collage to certain social networks.

Use of smart art

The built-in SmartArt feature is another way to add photos to various layouts in Microsoft Word. To use SmartArt, follow these steps:

Step 1

With a Word document open, click the Insert button on the ribbon and select SmartArt.

Step 2

A drop-down list will appear, click Image. Choose the layout you want to use. It will appear in the document after selection.

Step 3

Add your photos to the template.

Your photos will automatically scale to fit the template, creating a photo collage.

Collage of words

During our testing, the Word collage took about ten minutes to create, but you can spend much more time perfecting the design. And there’s a neat hack to get around Word’s inability to export JPEG or PNG files.

Instead of exporting a document, you can take a screenshot and get a collage in JPG or PNG format. Depending on the specifications of your computer, you may be able to get an HD collage ready for social media.

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