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In traditional art, a collage is a two-dimensional form of artwork created by attaching often seemingly unrelated objects to a surface to create a new piece of artwork. The collage could be pieces of paper, photographs, feathers, fabric, bits of pottery, pages torn from books or magazines, string, yarn, nuts and bolts, bottle caps -- almost anything that can be held in place with strong glue.

Digital collage is similar to (and the terms are often used interchangeably) a photomontage or montage, a composition composed of only photos or fragments of photos combined to make a single, unified image. Vision boards inspiration boards or mood boards are often created as a collage of fonts, color swatches, paper samples, and magazine clippings. Traditional and digital scrapbook pages are typically a collage of patterns and photos.

Digital Collage Examples

Take a look at examples of collages, some created specifically for incorporating into desktop publishing layouts.

Digital Collage Tutorials

Learn how to create a collage in your software or just get inspired with these ideas. Explore techniques that will come in handy when creating a collage.

Software for Creating a Collage

You can create digital collage artwork in any general purpose graphics software or with specialty software that offers special features for arranging and merging images into a photographic collage or layout. In addition to desktop software, there are smartphone apps for taking your camera phone photos and making them into a collage that you can send to your contacts or post to social media sites such as Facebook.

Traditional Collage Definitions and Tutorials

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Also Known As: electronic collage | e-collage | digital collage | montage | photomontage | photo composite
Common Misspellings: college (that's a school or university)
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