How to Make a Photo Montage?

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How to Make a Photo Montage in Just a Minute

Don’t know any way to montage an image without struggling with some professional software? Instead of diving into the abyss of Photoshop and wasting time on learning other complicated photo editors, turn to PhotoWorks. This software is made both for novices and pros in photo editing, so you won't have to spend precious time on thinking about how to make a photo montage .

What tools can you use in PhotoWorks? Here is a short list of features that will help you create an awesome pic:

  • Background removal tool that works through strokes
  • 150+ gorgeous photo effects that you can apply in just one click
  • A large collection of ready-to-go backgrounds
  • Healing brush and Clone Stamp for removing unwanted objects
  • Diverse embellishments like frames, stickers, captions & filters

Using a powerful program is an essential part of making a solid looking work. However, if you want to draw more attention, your picture should be based on some interesting ideas, tell a story or evoke certain thoughts and feelings too. If you’re stuck for ideas, you can look up some cool photo montage ideas on the Internet.

Photo before photo montage maker adjustments Picture after editing with photo montage maker

Photo montage example made completely in PhotoWorks

So, how to create a photo montage? Where to start? Since you’ll be creating a picture from elements of other images, you should carefully pick each piece to gather them later into a solid art. You probably have noticed that the background and surroundings are key elements for creating the right atmosphere. That’s why the background changing tool will become your best friend.

You will find one in PhotoWorks - it will help you change or remove the surroundings in a few strokes.

Here are the steps to follow in PhotoWorks:

Step 1. Pick the Change Background Feature

Start the photo montage maker on Windows or Mac and drop in your image, go to the Tools tab and select Change Background.

Start PhotoWorks and open your photo

Start with adding your photo

Step 2. Use a Special Brush to Paint Over the Object

Pick the Object brush and mark the object you want to keep with a green line. No need to struggle and be 100% precise - just a few strokes here and there.

Select the object

Lay down some strokes to mark the object

Step 3. Point Out the Background

Switch to the Background brush and mark the surroundings you want to remove with a red color. PhotoWorks will separate the object and the background automatically after analyzing your markings. Now click Next.

Select the background

Separate the background with the red lines

Step 4. Make Corrections If Necessary

Sometimes the background and the object are very similar in color and tone, so you may need to do some manual corrections. Lower the background opacity to see all the flaws and use the corresponding brushes to adjust the lines.

Apply manual corrections

In our case, we made just a few manual fixes

Step 5. Add a New Background To Finish the Photo Montage

When you click Next, the software will add a default white background. Now, you can either open the built-in collection and use a ready-to-go background or upload your own image. If necessary, save your pic as a PNG with a transparent background.

Add a new background

We went with a custom background

Easy as pie, isn’t it? Just like we said. No tricky selections that make you sweat and be afraid of ruining everything with one wrong move. Simple, smooth and enjoyable! So, why not test it out right now with different picture montage techniques? Just click the button below to download the free trial of the latest version:

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Full support for Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

Still not sure if PhotoWorks suits you or just prefer visual instructions over text tutorials? Then check out this step-by-step video guide to see this photo montage maker in action:


Now, a little bonus! If you wonder how to make a photomontage on Mac or Windows that will definitely stand out, look at the following features.

Insert stylized captions

Some of you may say - wait, the captions will distract the viewer’s attention. That’s true, but only if you fail to choose a suitable font and place the captions correctly. A well-inserted text may even complement your picture. Check out our tutorial on how to add captions to photos to learn these tricks. Alternatively, you can add stickers to photos and turn your images into funny and cool-looking postcards.

Add stylized captions

A delicate caption is a great choice for a gift card

Add grain to make your image look older

Bring in some retro vibes into your image. And we don’t mean some mainstream vignettes or popular black & white effects. Go ahead and add grain to your photo. This will throw a pinch of smooth noise and make the image look like an old movie shot.

Add film grain

This trick works perfectly for street and architectural photos

As you can see, there are lots of tools that you can use for making a photo montage in PhotoWorks. However, if you’re up to other editing like portrait retouch, object removal or just want to enhance the quality of a photo, PhotoWorks will be a great choice too. Or maybe you need to restore some old photos with your precious memories? Use PhotoWorks to restore old pictures in a few clicks. No matter what your goal is, with this software, it will be easy and fun!

Alternative Ways to Create a Montage of Photos

PhotoWorks doesn’t feel like a suitable photo montage maker for you for some reason? We have 4 more options you can try. The first is for photographers with very limited memory on their computer - the online PicMonkey photo editor. It has all the tools and embellishments for a fun image montage: stock images, graphics, brushes for drawing over your pics, and more.

Like editing on your smartphone? Make a cool picture montage with an intuitive photo editor for Android: enhance the image, switch its backdrop, add funny stickers and other embellishments. If you are an iPhone user, check out the Background Eraser app with similar features.

Background Eraser interface

Make beautiful montages in Background Eraser for iOS

For experienced photographers, we suggest using the mighty Photoshop. Although complicated, the greatest montages are made with its help. So if you have at least some experience with this professional program, use the Photoshop montage tutorial to make a jaw-dropping photo and get dozens of likes on social media. Also, have a look at some helpful tips you could use for making your montage stand out.

Wrapping Up

By now, you know 5 different ways of how to make a photo montage. Go with the one that seems the most suitable for your skill level and ideas. No matter the type of photo montage you are planning to make or your editing skill level, we recommend you give PhotoWorks a chance to impress you. This editor’s capabilities are pretty high, while it doesn't require you to be a professional in photo post-production. But whether you end up using this software or not, we hope this article was helpful.

PhotoWorks team, a dedicated group of authors and artists with a passion for photography and graphic design. We are happy to bring you first-class content to make your exploration of our software easy and enjoyable.

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