Use one of these easy methods to combine multiple photos into one collage on your Mac.
One of the most common photo editing tasks you might have to do is put your photos side by side. If you want to achieve this, there are plenty of ways to combine photos on macOS.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at both built-in and third-party solutions to combine photos into a scenic collage on your Mac.
1. Use Preview to combine photos on macOS
The easiest way to combine photos on macOS is to use Preview.
Although preview is not known for editing photos, there are a few basic preview tools for editing photos. One of these tools allows you to combine multiple photos.
Here’s how to use Preview to put your photos side by side on a Mac:
Right click on the first photo you want to combine and select Obtain informations. Take note of the width of the photo.
Repeat the above step for the next photo you want to combine.
Double-click on your first photo to open it with Preview.
Click on Edit> Select All to select the entire image.
hurry Command + C to copy your photo.
Click on Tools> Adjust Size in the top menu bar.
Uncheck it Scale proportionally option.
In the Width field, enter the sum of the width of your two photos. Then click Okay basically.
hurry Command + V to paste your first photo. Move this photo all the way to the left.
Double-click on your second photo to open it in Preview.
Click on Edit> Select All, then press Command + C to copy your second photo.
Go back to your first photo in Preview, tap Command + V to paste your second photo. Move this photo all the way to the right.
To select File> Save to save your combined photos.
2. Use terminal to combine photos on macOS
If you prefer to run commands, you can use a Terminal command to combine photos on your Mac instead.
There’s actually one advantage to using this method: you don’t need to note the width of your photos and manually drag them onto the canvas. The command does all of that for you.
ImageMagick (free) is the utility that makes this possible in Terminal. Once you have it installed on your Mac, all you need to do is run the command that attaches the photos. Your combined photo will then appear in the Finder.
Here’s how you use this method to side-by-side photos in macOS:
Make sure HomeBrew is installed on your Mac (learn how to install HomeBrew on Mac if it isn’t installed).
Open the Terminal on your Mac.
Type the following command to install ImageMagick:
brew install imagemagick
Put the two photos you want to combine on your desktop.
Run the following command in Terminal to go to your desktop.
Once you are on the desktop, run the following command replacing a.jpg with the name and file type of your first photo and b.jpg with the name and file type of your second photo.
convert +append a.jpg b.jpg result.jpg
ImageMagick will create a combined image file called result.jpg on your desktop.
If you want to combine photos vertically, replace the more (+) sign with a less (–) sign before add setting.
3. Use a third-party app to combine photos on macOS
CollageFactory Free is an application that you can use to put photos side by side on your Mac for free.
To use this app:
Download and install CollageFactory Free on your Mac.
Develop Collages on the left, click Classic, and choose Classic 1 on the right. Then click Okay.
Click it Add (+) on the left and import the photos you want to combine.
Drag your first photo into the first column of the main panel.
Drag your second photo to the second column of the main panel.
Click on Export to save your combined photos.
There are many ways to put photos side by side on macOS
Joining photos on a Mac can be as easy as dragging the photos and placing them side by side. If you prefer to use Terminal, there is a command to help you do that as well.
If you want to edit your photos further, consider using one of the many photo editing apps for macOS. There are free and paid apps with a huge range of editing capabilities.
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