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How to Make a Shape Photo Collage: FigrCollage Help 

by FigrCollage Team

FigrCollage Help

Making a shape collage from your pictures using FigrCollage is super simple; anyone with or without design experience can do it.

In this documentation, you will learn to make a shape collage using FigrCollage software for Mac or Windows PC.

You should start by viewing the Quick Start Video and then check other options.

Table of Contents

Getting started

Working with shape

Shape collage settings

How to's

Make a Shape Collage - Quick Start Video (Must Watch)

This video overviews how to make a shape photo collage using FigrCollage. The video uses Mac OS X software for the demo. Still, it can be used by Windows users because the Windows PC software has a similar user interface and functionality.

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Recommendations for Shape

A shape with fine lines, complex patterns, tiny text, and intricate features would require a large number of very small photos to represent. On the other hand, a simple shape can easily be created and represented using fewer and bigger photos.

Here’s a comparison of two shapes — the world map and the home. 

World Map & Home Shape
World Map Collage

The world map is a very complex shape with fine details, and it requires smaller cells to represent.

A simple shape such as a home can easily be represented using fewer bigger photos.

Home Collage
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Use a Custom Shape

If you can’t find a shape of your choice in the standard set of shapes that come along with FigrCollage, you can use any shape.

Here’re the steps to use a custom shape:

1. Use an image editor to create a picture using a white background with the shape represented using black colour. For example, here’s a sample custom shape:

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2. Save this image to a jpg or png file.

3. In FigrCollage, go to the Shape section in Settings, click "Use Picture" as shape and select the custom image you had saved in the previous step. 

4. You would be presented with an option to crop the selected shape and make some optional adjustments. Once you complete these, you’d be ready to use your custom shape.

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Invert Shape

You can invert your shape to place the pictures outside the shape instead of inside the shape.

Invert Shape

Here're the sample collages generated for the shapes above:

Normal Shape Collage
Inverted Shape Collage
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Move, Zoom in, or Zoom out Shape

Once you've chosen a shape, you might want to move, zoom in, or zoom it out to make space for some text in your collage.

Starting from v3.3.2, you can do this from the controls shown in the screenshot below.

Follow these steps:

1. Select a shape.
2. Click Draw or Edit Shape.
3. Use the move/zoom in/zoom out controls to reposition the shape.

Screenshot of FigrCollage showing the controls used to move, zoom in, or zoom out the shape.
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Cell Style

You can select a Freeform, Rectangular, Circular, Hexagonal, or Diamond cell for your picture collage. Here’s a comparison of the various cell types:

Shape collage with freeform cell style


Shape collage with rectangular cell style


Shape collage with circular cell style


Shape collage with hexagonal cell style


Shape collage with hexagonal cell style


Shape collage with diamond cell style


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Cell Size When Using Rectangular Cells

Rectangular tile cells can have an aspect ratio of 1 : 1 (Square), 4 : 3, 3 : 4, 3 : 2, 2 : 3, 16 : 9, and 9 : 16. 

Pictures that have a different aspect ratio are automatically centre cropped. For example, the following sample photo shows how an image will be automatically cropped for a 1 : 1 cell.

Center Cropping Tile Picture
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Cell Placement

You can choose either of the three ways to place images in your shape: Default, Shape Edges Only, and Shape Masked.

Default cell placement setting fills the shape using images, as shown in the sample image below.

Shape Filled With Images

Shape Edges Only (available in v2.7.1 and later) places images only at the shape edges, as shown in the sample image below.

Shape Collage with images placed at the edges

Shape Masked (available in v3.0.1 and later) is similar to the Default placement where images fill-up the whole shape. Additionally, the placed images are masked using the shape.

Shape Collage with images masked using the shape
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You can set a colour for your figure collage background. You can also use a transparent background. You should export your image as a PNG file when using a transparent background because JPEG files don’t support transparency.

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How to crop/adjust a picture in its cell

Starting from version 3.1.1 and newer, FigrCollage allows you to crop a picture in its cell for Rectangular, Circular, Hexagonal, and Diamond cell styles. Follow these steps

1. Click the cell to select the picture.
2. Use the crop button.

Crop picture in its cell
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Is each picture used at least once?

You obviously want each of your pictures to appear somewhere in the output collage.

Starting from version 2.5.9, FigrCollage ensures each picture is used at least once in the collage. No image gets left out of the collage.

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How can I reduce the duplication of images in the collage?

FigrCollage (v2.5.9 and newer) ensures that each picture appears at least once in the collage. Some images can appear twice or more times. You can reduce this duplication by decreasing the number of cells in your collage using the control, as shown below.

Reduce number of cells to avoid photo duplication
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How to use a customized size for your collage?

FigrCollage comes with many default mosaic sizes that you can choose from for your mosaic. But, if you can’t find the required size among the list of defaults sizes, you can use a customized size by selecting “Set Custom Size” from the Size drop-down, as shown in the screenshot below:

Make shape collage in any size
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How to print the created photo collage?

To print the created photo collage, First, export it as a JPG image. Second, print the JPG image using a local printer or at an online/in-store printing service - such as at Walgreens, Costco, Staples, Snapfish, Walmart, FedEx etc.

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