With a current running total of 2.3 million downloads and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars, Photo Grid Collage Maker is among the most popular freebie apps that let you take all those individual snapshots from your camera roll and punch them up with an extra degree of “viewability.”
Basic app operation is intuitive. Images are imported from any of your camera’s internal storage points and additional cloud integration lets you pull images from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Dropbox, and even Google image search.
Once you’ve marked the images you want to use (collages have a limit of 15 images to avoid over-clutter), you can access the respectable assortment of grid templates to automatically display your snapshots in a variety of collage orientations. Once they’re laid out, basic touch gestures let you zoom, rotate, and resize pictures from within the grid. For those who can’t decide what looks best, there’s a randomizer function that can be accessed by shaking your smartphone.
A library of backgrounds and stickers make it easy to adorn your visual creations with added bling, and you’ve also got the ability to insert rotatable and resizable text or free-hand draw over the collage. It all works pretty simply and just as you might expect, but the reality is you can find a variety of other apps that do pretty much the same thing as Photo Grid.
It’s when you get into the area of video slideshow creation where Photo Grid really excels. Slideshows can be created using as many as 50 photos, and you’ve even got the option to lay a music track underneath. Additional video slideshow controls let you choose a variety of transition effects including Pop, Flop, Flick, and Dissolve. There’s also the ability to shorten or extend the length of your slideshow with a slider.
The interface of the app itself isn’t much to write home about, but it’s not terrible. First of all, it’s ad supported, and that’s never much fun. But once you get the hang of the controls it actually becomes pretty simple to power through your stacks of pics and spit out some interesting and highly viewable results.
Whether you’re saving your collage or slideshow to your phone, emailing it to yourself, or uploading it to the available social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are all supported) you have the ability to set resolution anywhere from 720p to 2048p. The app supports saving in either JPG or PNG, and you’ve even got the option of laying a watermark over images prior to social sharing.
Not too shabby and not too sleek, Photo Grid is an easy-peasy photography tool that’ll help imbue your collections with a bit more life than you might otherwise achieve through individual shots. It’s functional on Android devices running 2.3 and up and is available as a free download from Google Play.