Need Some Collage Help?

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Need Some Collage Help?


This month’s What Does ActiveRain Mean to You?” should be a fun one! There are no right or wrong answers because it’s about what this platform means to you!


However, if you are a bit hesitant because of the requirement of a collage I hope that this post will help.



I made up the two collages above using the same photos but used two different photo applications…Google Slides ( and Ribbet.  Both are free although if you want to get really creative, Ribbet has a Premium version.


Google Slides:

Craig Daniels is the expert on this and has inspired me to try working with it. And, it’s really easy. I won’t begin to do an illustrated tutorial as Craig would do however I followed this step-by-step guide and it took me less than 15 minutes. (I added the border using Ribbet. ) 



You can spend more time if you want to play around with the tools but you don’t have to. 



This is the same Google collage as above but I edited it so that the clipart is in a grid-like format. All you do is click on the photo and rotate and/or move it where you want it.


Add photos or clip art you have on your hard drive or download them from a site. (just make sure you aren’t violating copyright laws. )


You can add text by using the Insert Text drop-down option



Open the tutorial in one window and Google Slides in another so you can “read and do.”


There are similar photo editing apps but this is the one I’m familiar with. I currently have the paid version but there’s a lot you can do with your photos with the free version. 

Just open the app and pick Collage. You can choose a GRID or SHAPE collage. Once you do, just upload your photos or clip art and drag and drop it where you want it. 



Remember…you can use more than photos or clipart in the collage. 

Add TEXT or get out your SCRABBLE board and create your own text/clipart. 



Ok, let’s get started!!! If you try these and need help contact me. 



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Comments (42)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS if I can be of help...just call. 

Apr 04, 2022 01:05 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great tips on what looks like a highly useful tool for sure

Apr 04, 2022 02:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Rocky, Useful, and I do think you will enjoy this month's challenge. Look forward to your entry

Apr 04, 2022 11:38 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

I love this stuff and I'm going to have fun with this! There are always new skills to learn! I have admired your framed pictures on your posts and wondered how you did them so professional-looking and eye-catching. Thank you, Kathy for your help.

Apr 04, 2022 05:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Aura Alex, I am looking forward to your entry and love the creativity of photos and collages 

Apr 04, 2022 11:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Rocky Dickerson you can do it!!!! I know!

Aura Alex Thank you...I've learned from others here!!!! And it's fun. 

Apr 04, 2022 06:04 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It sounds like the challenge for this month will provide an opportunity to be grateful for ActiveRain, in addition to learning a few photo editing tools.  I often use iPiccy or Ribbet for making collages.

Apr 04, 2022 06:18 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

 Myrl Jeffcoat,  I have been using iPiccy for photos and collages.And have have spent more time on blog graphics than writing on more than a few occasions. To me, it is fun.

Apr 04, 2022 11:43 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 04, 2022 06:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I really enjoy a well done collage.! Some good tips here for everybody! Really good stuff

Apr 04, 2022 07:03 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I have been using Ribbet since its beginning. It is a very rare photo I share that hasn't been through Ribbet first. I hope people are inspired by your post to give it a try.

Great post Kathy!

Apr 04, 2022 07:09 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kathy Streib I would say that Max have their advantages especially with how long they last. My friend has had the same  Mac computer for about 11 years with virtually no problems

Apr 04, 2022 07:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy  what a great Tutorial, not sure I will participate on this Challenge either like the last one.... now with that said if I ever need help with how to do collage, I know  who to reach out to, Endre

Apr 04, 2022 11:45 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Thanks Kathy. This is a great tutorial for this months challenge. Now all I have to do is carve some time out of a busy month to come up with a post!

Apr 05, 2022 03:34 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some good help with those 2 suggestions.  Ipiccy also offers free photo help and has a large area of collage styles as well.  All free

Apr 05, 2022 04:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing this information.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 05, 2022 05:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for the tips for collage assistance!

Apr 05, 2022 05:16 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Just when I think I can come up for air or the next project: video, here you come with a collage.  Sounds simple enough.  Certainly, count me in GF😎 

Apr 05, 2022 06:19 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Had to come back and say that I just checked out Slides, which I didn't even know existed, and the awesome tutorial, . Thanks for that!! 

This is certainly a fun challenge. Looking forward to creating my own collage and seeing what everyone else create.

Apr 05, 2022 08:28 AM
Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill


Thanks for the overview, tips, and tutorial.  Both look like very easy to use tools.


Apr 05, 2022 08:35 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

As usual you are Johnny on the spot always offering help and great advice! Thanks for your tips and am sure this challenge is going to be a fun one!!

Apr 06, 2022 04:47 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

This looks like a fun challenge.  I'm hoping to spend some time playing in the sandbox!

Apr 07, 2022 05:43 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Alrighty then, I am on it....we will see what we will see! 😎 alrighty then

Apr 19, 2022 03:31 PM