How to Combine Photos on macOS

Combine Photos on macOS

In this article, we will tell you how you can combine photos on macOS to make a collage. So, let’s get started!!

macOS is a device designed by an Apple company. This operating system is for Apple laptops and computers. Its performance is generally quick and responsive due to the OS being optimized for specific hardware. Its new version is released every year by Apple. It has several features like iCloud, Safari, Spotlight, FaceTime, Messages, Continuity Camera, Game Center, and so on. Also, you can combine photos to make a collage on macOS devices (via a third-party app, terminal command & preview tool). 

Combine Photos on macOS

Combine Photos on macOS

Moreover, you can follow the three best ways to make this task done, which are stated below:

1. Use a Third-Party App to Combine Photos

CollageFactory Free is a well-known app that allows you to combine photos on a Mac without paying any cost. To do so, follow the simple steps:

  1. Download and install the CollageFactory Free app on a Mac
  2. Now, expand collage on the left side, choose Classic and tap Classic 1 placed on the right side then, choose Ok
  3. Choose Add (+) placed on the left side and import the photo you desire to combine
  4. Drag the photos in the respective columns and choose Export to save the combined photo

2. Use Preview to Combine Photos

The easiest way to combine photos on Mac is via Preview. Though it is not used for editing capabilities some basic Preview tools let you edit photos. One of them lets you combine photos as well. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  1. Control-click the first photo you want to combine in Finder and tap Get Info (also, take note of the width of a photo). Well, repeat this step for the next photo.
  2. Now, double-click the first photo to open it with Preview
  3. Click Edit and choose the Select All option to select the whole image
  4. Press Cmd + C to copy the image and click tools > choose Adjust Size placed in the top menu bar.
  5. Untick the Scale proportionally option and in the Width field, enter the sum of the width of both your photos > then, click OK placed at the bottom
  6. Press Cmd + V to paste your first image and drag this image to the left
  7. Now, double-click the second photo to open it with Preview
  8. Click Edit and choose Select All > then, press Cmd + C to copy your second photo
  9. Go back to your first photo in Preview, press Cmd + V to paste your second photo there, and drag this photo to the right
  10. Choose File and then, tap Save to save your combined photos.

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3. Use the Terminal to Combine Photos

If you like to use commands then, use a Terminal command to combine photos on your Mac instead. It does not require the width of your photos and manually drags the photos on the canvas. However, ImageMagick is a command-line utility that let you combine photos (for free of cost) on macOS (via Terminal possible). When installed, simply run the command that joins the photos, and then your combined photo appears in Finder. But, make sure that HomeBrew is installed on your Mac. To do so, follow the simple steps: 

  • Open the Terminal on your Mac and type the command to install ImageMagick: 
brew install imagemagick
  • Now, put both the photos you want to combine on the desktop
  • To go to the desktop, type the following command in Terminal: 
cd desktop
  • When the desktop opens up, run the following command replacing a.jpg with the file type & name of your first photo and b.jpg with the file type & name of your second photo: 
convert +append a.jpg b.jpg result.jpg
  • Hence, ImageMagick will create a combined image file (named as result.jpg) on a desktop

However, if you combine photos vertically then, replace the plus (+) sign with a minus (-) sign before the append parameter.

Final Words

That’s it, folks!! The above-mentioned ways will surely let you combine photos in macOS. Try these ways out and tell us which one you liked the most. Well, we hope that you liked our interesting article 3 Quick Ways to Combine Photos Into a Collage on macOS. For any suggestions, do let us know and also, share your reviews in the comment box mentioned below.

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