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How to Create a Photo Collage In Power Point

Updated on May 28, 2014

Garden Scene Photo Collage

Four related photos of a garden scene become one unified photo collage.
Four related photos of a garden scene become one unified photo collage. | Source

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Want to spice up a presentation or create a memorable on-line photo collage?

Perhaps you have several related photos that cannot stand on their own. Or maybe for space reasons you want to group together several photos. Think about using related action shots, garden scenes, food images, pictures of your travels, etc.

Why not try something creative? Assemble a photo collage in Power Point using the easy instructions below.

If I can do this, I know you can!

Instructions

I am using PowerPoint 2007, but the technique can be easily adapted to later versions. I selected my own personal photographs so I wouldn't need to provide photo credits for multiple others, as that would be cumbersome.

Step 1: Determine which photos to use

Select and optimize several related photos to use (e.g., crop or color-correct them, if needed).

Step 2: Insert photos

From PowerPoint, start with a blank slide. On the PowerPoint toolbar, select "Insert," then "Picture." Navigate to each of the photos you want to add, and select "Open." Do this for each of the photos you are adding.

In this example, I have added four photos at this step:

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Step 3: Standardize photo dimensions for collage

Make sure all photos are the same height and ensure that you have "lock aspect ratio" selected. Work with each photo as follows: Right click the photo, select "Size and Position," change the photo's height to 2 inches.

Step 4: Arrange

Select and drag each of the photos into a row to arrange them.

Photos are now sized and lined up:

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Step 5: Add a background frame box (shape)

Add the background frame box as follows. From the toolbar, select "Insert," then "Shape." Choose your shape from the variety available. I chose a rounded-corner rectangle. Use your mouse to select the shape.

If your shape covers the photos (i.e., it is positioned on top of the photos), right click on it and select "Send to Back." This places it behind the photos. Right click on the shape to manually adjust its size and position over your photos.

Step 6: Make the background frame box look pretty

Adjust the look of the frame box as desired. Have fun and try different looks until you get something you like. You can adjust the line of the box, add texture, change the color of the frame background, and alter the gradient.

To do so, right click on the frame box, select the little paint can icon, then select "Color," "Gradient," "Texture," or "Line." Don't be afraid to experiment!

Before adjustments to the color and gradient of the frame box:

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Didn't adjusting gradient and color add sophistication?

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Step 7: Outline each individual photo

To outline each individual photo inside the "frame," select the individual photo by right clicking it. Then select "Format picture." Choose "line color=solid line" and "line style=.75."

If you have photos that overlap, you can right click on the photo and select "Send to Back." If you make a mistake, just select it again and select "Bring to Front."

Grouping multiple photos and the frame box as one image

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Step 8: Save the photos as one "grouped" image.

This is a neat trick. To save the photos as one image instead of five (four photos plus the background image), do this: select each of the photos plus the frame box by selecting them while holding down the Control (Ctrl) button.

Then, right click and select "Group" then "Group." A box will appear around the items that you grouped. To be sure that you grouped all the items together, try to move it on the page to be sure that everything -- the photos and the frame box -- moved in unison.

Step 9: Save the image as a picture

Right click on the new grouped image and select "Save as picture."

Congratulations! You now have a collage of several different photos and a background.

Ahh. Sweet Success!

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      rajan - Thanks for taking a look at this. PowerPoint is such a powerful tool.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I have never used power point to create a photo collage so this is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

      swalia - Glad to be able to help!

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      Shaloo Walia 22 months ago

      Thanks for the step by step instructions! This is a new skill for me.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - Thanks for visiting. I thought it would be difficult but it's not. If I can do it, I'm sure others can too! I appreciate the read and pin.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      The instructions look easy enough to follow. I'm pinning this one.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Anamika S - I'm glad you enjoyed this. It is a fun way to liven up presentations and other works with photos.

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I didn't know that was possible. Love this... and I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      DDE - Thank you for reading and commenting. Adding a collage in this manner can really make a presentation or other piece of work look very professional.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome idea and looks very pretty your easy to follow step by step guide is very easily explained and to the point voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Crafty - Glad to help. Photos really spice up presentations and other work, so I hope it helps a lot of people.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these ideas! I always wondered how people do that! :D

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Thelma! PowerPoint is an easy program to use.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing this useful step by step instructions. I have not used this power point yet. I´ll try it one day. Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      agusfanani - Glad you found this useful. It's a beneficial alternatives to thumbnails and large photos in hubs.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      I can say this is a great idea how to make good use of power point to present pictures impressively. I'll try this technique and using it to make presentation more attractive to attend. Vote up and thanks for sharing this useful, awesome hub.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      vespawoolf - Glad to be able to help you!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I didn't know how Hubbers make framed collages until reading your helpful instructions! I can definitely use this for food photos and I think it will make them even more appealing. Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      So glad you found this helpful, Rajan! Thanks for the read, votes, and comments.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful and in easy to understand language and relevant pictures. I always wondered how a photo collage was created. Bookmarked.

      Voted up and useful.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Great, Nell Rose! I'm glad you enjoyed this and appreciate the vote and share. I hope it will come in handy to you and others.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is great! And so helpful to someone like me who has no idea how to do this sort of thing, thanks for showing us in easy steps, voted up and shared!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      @ Ceres - Thanks for the encouragement. I hope readers will find the instructions useful. Have a terrific weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      @tobusiness - Thank you for your read, comment and share. I hope you give it a try. Once you get the general technique down it is really quite easy and fun.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is a very helpful hub on how to create a photo collage in PowerPoint. It will be very useful for those wondering how to do this. Your images help to show readers exactly what they're supposed to do as well as show how the photo collage would turn out.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This looks great!...I would love to have a go at it. Thank you for sharing.

      Voting up, useful and sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the read and kind comment, kidscrafts!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great step by step instructions, FlourishAnyway! And also great result! I love all your pictures of flowers and butterflies!

      I used powerpoints a few times; now I am working more with videos.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Enjoy your weekend!