How To Make A Collage in Gimp

How To Make A Collage in Gimp

Today I’m going to help you make a collage in Gimp!

Gimp is a free photo editing program. Basically a free version of photoshop {minus some bells and whistles}. You can download gimp for free here! I’m going to show you how to make a collage similar to this one.This is a fun way to organize pictures in your blog post, especially if you have a lot of pictures you would like to share!

How To Make A Collage in Gimp

Now lets get started!
You can click on any picture you see it bigger.
Open Gimp > File > New > Set Width and Height to whatever size you want. I am going to use 600 x 400. Change the x and y resolution to 300. Set “fill with” to background color.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now go to file > open as layer. Find the first picture you want to use and push ok.
Your picture will probably be huge.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now click on the “layers tab” on the tool panel.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now right click on the layer that has your picture. Choose “scale layer”
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Change the width to 400.
When you click in the height box it will automatically adjust to keep the right proportions for your picture.
The press scale.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now we need to move the picture to where we want it.
We need to select the “move” icon in the toolbar.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now click on you picture and drag it to where you want it.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now I am going to open another picture.
File > Open as Layer > Add your picture.
Then right click on the layer > scale layer.
This time I am going to make the width 200 and the height 150.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
I want my picture to be rotated so I am going to click the “rotate tool”
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Click on the picture. This box will pop up.
Rotate -90 degrees.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now move the picture {click the move tool}
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now open your next picture.
File > open as layer.
Right click on the layer > scale layer
This time I am doing width: 100 and height: 113
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now I am going to use the “crop tool” to cut off the extra background space.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now use the cursor to highlight the area you want to keep.

How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Then click inside the area you are keeping.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now let’s add some text! Click the “text tool”
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now click and make a box. It doesn’t matter where it is or how big it is.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Type your text.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
You can change the font by clicking the tab that has “Aa”
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Once you pick your font you can change the size by clicking back on the “text tab”
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
You can move your text by clicking and dragging.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Now I am going to make one final crop.
How To Make A Collage in Gimp
Ta da! Now you have a picture collage.
To save:
File > Save As >
type your file name and add .jpg to the end
There are so many ways to use gimp!
Experiment & have fun!
If you have any questions or get stuck at all leave a comment or email me.
*Note: You might also find this post helpful —> How to Become a Graphic Designer
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  1. 1

    I have been trying to figure this out forever!! Thank you. And I’m a new follower.

  2. 2

    I am in TOTAL shock that I understood this! YOU ARE A GENIUS!

  3. 3

    I figured there was a way to do this without too much headache. Thank you for sharing! I just won the blog re-design from Tatertots & Jello and I am SUPER excited to work with you!

  4. 4

    Well hey!
    I was looking for a way to do this last night and when I Googled it, your blog popped up! Too funny and neat, seeing as your designing a custom design for me come January:) Thanks for this tutorial and for making it look so simple; which it was!

  5. 5

    Wow. Exactly what I have been looking for. The presentation of your instruction is first class. Can’t wait to try this for my sewing blog. Thank you.

  6. 6

    I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles but since went away, I was dying to find another way to edit my photos and stuff. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I’ll be using this for my blog and for photos at work!

  7. 7
    shamik ray says:

    Hey Thanks a lot :)

  8. 8
    bethany says:

    Thanks for this! I made a collage but I don’t like the size of the pictures once it was done. How do you go back and resize each picture once the collage is saved?

  9. 9

    Well, all I have to say is just about what everyone said! :)) But I will also add my own thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Very well explained & opens up soooo many new possibilities for me, in numerous future creative pursuits!!! VERY pleased & grateful :))

  10. 10
    gardenia says:

    thank you so much very easy to understand!

  11. 11

    Awesome and simple tutorial! Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together!

  12. 13

    I just made a Halloween collage thanks to your wonderful help!

  13. 14

    thank you so much for this! i needed to know how to organize pics in gimp. you rock, god bless!

  14. 15

    tHANKS A MILLION!!!!!!!


  15. 16

    This was just what I was looking for. Thanks for the helpful outline of the process!

  16. 17

    Thanks for such a clear and concise tutorial. I’ve been wanting to learn how to do this for a while and can’t wait to start applying this to my pictures.

  17. 18
    mANYY BUTCHER says:

    i don’t GET IT…

  18. 19
    mANYY BUTCHER says:

    HEY Y’ALL!

  19. 20

    Hey thanks! This was super helpful! Great directions!

  20. 21

    I just wanted to say Thank you! I haven’t found Gimp to be the most user friendly so far, so this really helped!

  21. 22

    i understood it first thing, it was easy as, great work :)

  22. 23

    Great! Thanks!

  23. 24
    Erica says:

    Thank you!!! SOOOOOO helpful!

  24. 25

    Very easy, thanks! I love gimp!

  25. 26
    Wildflower says:

    I can’t get the yellow dotted line out of the picture and I can’t get it out of the gimp to post anywhere or use. What am I doing wrong? Please help. Thanks.

    • 27

      You can save it as a .jpg by just adding .jpg at the end of the file name when you are saving it. And to remove the line you can just grab it when you are using the marquee tool and move it over :) hope that helps!

  26. 28

    Verу nice blog post. I certainly appreciate thios website.

  27. 29

    Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward
    to new updates.

  28. 30
    Pratik Shah says:

    You have explained the easiest way to create collage in gimp. Thank you for sharing

  29. 31

    Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your
    blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the
    info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my phone ..

    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, fantastic blog!

  30. 32

    This is a great tutorial!! Thanks so much for the help!!! :)

  31. 33

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the
    same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Bless you!

  32. 35
    Chris says:

    Hi Kendra,

    Thank you so much for the guide,

    I have a quick question

    I am trying to crop a photo, within a collage, but every time gimp just crops the whole collage! Very frustrating. Any ways around this?


  33. 36
    Sharon Perrett says:

    A big thank you for a very simple to follow tutorial, I have been tearing my hair out at other tutorials as they have been quite complicated. I just finished my first collage for a dear friend and it only took about 20 minutes to do. I shall be visiting your site more often.

  34. 37

    This is the best tutorial on Gimp collages on the Internet! Thanks so much for being here and for being helpful all these years later <3


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