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How to Make a Photo Collage on Mac/iPhone Using iPhoto?

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Feb 19, 2024• Proven solutions

iPhoto is a photo library familiar to iOS users. It can help you easily organize, store and sort images, and even make a slide show to help you enjoy photos. This is why, even though Apple no longer develops iPhoto, some people use it.

Update: On April 8, 2015, Apple has launched a new Photos app on OS X Yosemite, which means Apple has stopped developing iPhoto. However, if you like iPhoto, you can still use it.

The following will introduce how to use the iPhoto collage maker on Mac or iPhone. At the end of this article, iPhoto alternative software will serve as your reference.

Part 1: How to Make a Photo Collage in iPhoto?

Here are the quick steps to create a photo collage with iPhoto.

Step 1: Launch iPhoto and click “Events” in the side menu.

Step 2: Hold “Shift” and click each photo you want to include in your photo collage.

Step 3: Click the “+” button in the lower-left corner and select Card in the pop-up window.

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Step 4: Choose “Picture Collage”, which should be under the Any Occasion section if you are using the iPhoto 11.

Step 5: You’ll notice that all the templates are sorted based on the occasion.

Step 6: Drag photos to the template and pick a background, orientation and design.

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Step 7: Click the Buy button on the lower right-hand corner of the collage editor, or go to the Share menu and email it to yourself or family members.

But before you make a photo collage using iPhoto, here are some important things for you to know:

  1. Technically, iPhoto can’t make fancy photo collages like other Photo collages makers on Mac. So don’t expect too much of it. iPhoto only creates greeting cards with a simple collage layout.
  2. The templates iPhoto offers are quite limited and ordinary that you might feel a little disappointed.
  3. iPhoto offers no share options to save photo collages to desktop or to post on Facebook, which is a basic feature of picture collage editor.

Part 2: What Replaces iPhoto on Mac/iPhone?

Since iPhoto's functions are not sufficient, we will introduce some alternative collage makers that you may be interested in.

Alternative to Make a Short Video, Slideshow, or Photo Collage: Wondershare Filmora

If there are too many photos to save or share with friends and family, you can use these images to make short videos to better collage and share. Filmora can do this for you, through which you can easily crop, add effects, split the screen, and merge photos. In order to make the "photo video" lively and exciting, you can also add music, audio, animation, title, music, etc. to it.

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Alternative to Organize, Store, and Sort Images: iCloud

Migrating your photos to iCloud is a wise choice. iCloud is the best photo storage for iOS or Mac users. You don't need to download other apps or software. Just allow iCloud to back up the photo's library in the settings.

The best thing is that you can view iCloud photos anytime and anywhere after logging in to your iCloud account. You can also automatically share photos with others by opening "Shared Album". However, if there are too many photos, a paid subscription may be required to upgrade the storage space.


Above are the steps to make a photo collage using iPhoto on Mac/iPhone. We also list alternative methods to meet the different needs of the Photo library. So, if this isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can also use some online photo collage service instead. If you want to have more fun editing photo stories, welcome to download Filmora and make more memorable and interesting videos.

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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