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How to Create Collages in Lightroom


One of the most engaging aspects about Lightroom is its versatility for accomplishing several tasks using the same user interface, even without requiring third-party plugins the way some software may.

In addition to its storage and development features, Lightroom also provides the opportunity to create:

  • Books
  • Slideshows
  • Web Galleries
  • Collages

Yes, collages is, in fact, one of the things you can create in Lightroom, and you can do so in very simple, user-friendly steps with stunning results. But exactly how would you make this type of composition in Lightroom?

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Through this guide, we are going to review the step-by-step process of creating your own collages in Lightroom.

First of all, let’s assume you want to create a landscape collage of some pictures you took some time ago. Start by selecting them at the Library Module.

create a landscape collage

After selecting your files, switch to the Print Module and proceed to click on ‘Custom Package’ in the tab for Layout Style.

Custom Package

Activate the following options for better control of your workspace:

  • Show Rulers
    • Page Bleed
    • Page Grid
    • Image Cells

Activate the following options

Next, figure out the dimensions you need in order to fit your pictures into the collage. Images measured in pixels can become problematic, since Lightroom work either in centimeters or inches, so you will have to get yourself a pixel-to-centimeter conversion tool, so you will know the sizes of your files.

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Check off the ‘Custom File Dimensions’ box, then apply the dimensions you estimated for your project there.

Custom File Dimensions

Now, move up to the Cells panel, where you are going to create the cells that will contain the pictures you want to add.

Try to approximate the size of the cell image to the closest value possible, otherwise you will have to edit the picture size by using the ‘Adjust Cell’ options.

Drag your images into the cells in order to place them into your composition.

Drag your images into the cells

After adding your pictures, you can now print your file as a JPEG image, or you can even add your personal watermark very quickly and easily. Expand the Page tab and choose the desired option for your image.

add your personal watermark

Some things to consider

Despite being somewhat tricky when you first try it, you will find yourself using this option over and over, as it will soon become easier than creating your collages in a graphics’ design software, such as Illustrator.

One of the main things you have to consider is the fact that Lightroom won’t resize the photo to match the cell size you created. This tends to cause problems, especially for new users. Even so, you will soon have enough practice to get around this issue very easily.

You will be limited by a max. size of 204 cm in either width or height, so if you need to create a larger sized print, you will have to use another software.

Also keep in mind that if you turn out to have created your collage with too much space and you want to reduce the work area, the composition you created will be altered, as cells move from the position you assigned them. This is why it is extremely important to estimate the correct size from the outset.

Practice will help you master this Lightroom feature before you know it – Good luck and keep editing!

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