The beauty of adding a collage in Google Docs is that, on the one hand, it saves space, and on the other hand, the collages are easy to move around compared to the individual images. You need to move or edit a single image, i.e. a collage instead of multiple images.
Let’s check two methods to create a collage in Google Docs.
Method 1: Create a collage in Google Docs using Google Drawings
Google Docs doesn’t offer a direct way to create a collage. You need to take the help of Google Drawings to create a collage for Google Docs. Do not worry. You don’t even have to leave the Google Docs page. Google Drawings are easily accessible from any Google Docs document.
Note: This method works only on the desktop.
Let’s check the steps in detail.
Step 1: Open the Google Docs document you want to create a collage for
2nd step: Click on the Insert option present in the top menu bar. Select Drawing from it, then New.
Step 3: The drawing window opens. Click the Image icon to add your first image for the collage.
Step 4: Select the source from which you want to insert your image. You can download from your computer using URL, Google Albums, and Google Drive. You can even search the web directly using the Search option. Click on the image to select it. Then click on the Select button at the bottom.
Step 5: The image will be added to the drawing model. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add as many images as you want. Don’t worry if the images appear on top of each other.
Step 6: Once you add all the images, you need to organize and edit them. Here are some editing tips for creating a beautiful collage in Google Docs.
When you add images, they may appear on top of each other. Just select the image you want to move and drag it to a new location.
To resize an image, first select the image. A blue border with tiny boxes will appear on the image. Using one of the four boxes available on all four edges, change the size of the image. You can also use the boxes available in the center of the box, but with this, the aspect ratio of your image will not be preserved.
Select your image and hover your mouse over the circular section of the blue box. When the cursor changes to a plus sign (+), use your mouse to rotate the image in the direction you want.
Point: You can also right click on the image and select the Rotate option from the menu.
Sometimes you may want to bring one image to another image or move it back. In such situations, right click on the image and select Order. Choose your desired image order from the menu.
Point: Learn how to place an image or text on top of another image in Google Docs.
Apply border color, size and style
If you want, you can apply individual border colors to your collage images. To do this, select the image and click on the Border color icon in the menu bar. Select the color of your choice. To change the size and style of the border, click the icons next to the Border icon and choose your border width and style.
Point: Find out how to adjust the transparency of an image in Google Drawings.
If your image has an additional area, you can remove it. So, right click on the image and select Crop from the menu. A black box will appear around the image with a few slightly darker dashes present on the edge and in the center of the border. Using these, drag the image inward and press Enter button to crop it as you need.
Point: You can also activate Crop from the top menu bar.
Crop the image into a shape
Apart from regularly cropping an image, you can also crop it into a shape. To do this, select the image. Then click on the small arrow icon next to the crop icon present in the top bar. Select the desired shape for your image.
To rearrange the image in the shape, double click on it and drag the image.
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You can also add text to your collage. To do this, click on the Text icon in the top bar to activate text mode. Then draw an input box using your mouse and start typing inside. Select the text to change its font style, color, etc.
Point: Refer to our guide on how to change the background of your collage in Google Docs.
Step 7: Once your collage is ready, click the Save and Close button at the top to insert it into your Google Docs document. You can edit your collage anytime after inserting it into the document.
Click the Actions option and select Download> PNG / JPG if you want to upload your collage and use it outside of Google Docs.
Step 8: Once inserted into Google Docs, the collage will behave as a single image. You can do other editing tasks on it, just like you would any regular image. You can add border, resize, move, crop, etc. If you want to edit your collage, click on the collage and hit the Edit button. You will be taken to the Drawing screen, where you can edit it, as shown above.
This is how you can create a collage in Google Docs.
Method 2: use Google Photos
If you don’t like the above method or if your photos are available in Google Photos, you can create a collage in Google Photos and then insert it in Google Docs. We’ve covered the steps for creating a photo collage in Google Photos on mobile and PC in a separate article. Check this out.
You can use this method on both mobile and PC. On PC, once you’ve created a collage using Google Photos, click the Insert option in the top bar of the Google Docs document and select Image followed by Photos.
Your images in Google Photos will be displayed. Click on the collage you want to add to Google Docs.
The collage will be added to your document.
On mobile, first download the collage created in Google Photos to your device using the Save to device button. Then launch the Google Docs app and open your document where you want to add the collage. Tap the add icon (+) and select Image. Navigate to the collage you downloaded from Google Photos on your phone.
Did you know that you can download any image from Google Docs to your mobile or computer? Find out how from the following link.
Last updated on Nov 14, 2020
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