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How to Make a Side by Side Photo in 60 Seconds

by TurboCollage Team

Side-by-side photo collage made from 4 pictures of a model posing with a hat.

A side-by-side photo collage combines images side by side. You can merge 2 pictures, 3 pictures, 4 pictures, or any number of pictures in such a collage.

A side-by-side photo collage is a great way to compare two objects. They often show the difference between two things or illustrate a comparison. For example, fitness studios' testimonials use them to show the transformation in a person's physique.

You can also use a side-by-side photo to show photos of a person at various ages. They're pretty trendy on Instagram too.

But how do you make one easily and quickly?

This post will show you how to make 2-picture, 3-picture, and multi-picture side-by-side photos.

Anyone can do it — no design background, no expertise required!

Here's an example of a 2 picture side-by-side photo collage:

Side-by-side photo collage of two young girls.

What you will need:

You will need a few pictures and TurboCollage installed on your Mac or Windows PC.

If you already haven't, please download and install TurboCollage. It takes less than a minute to download and complete the installation.

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Steps to make a side-by-side photo:

This section will give you detailed steps to make a side-by-side photo collage.

The following video illustrates these steps:

1. Open TurboCollage and set an output size for our side-by-side photo. For this example, I will set the width to 15 inches and the height to 10 inches. You can use any size you want.

Screenshot of TurboCollage showing collage size being set to 15x10 inches.

2. Select the Picture Grid pattern, and set the number of columns to 3 and the number of rows to 1. We've set the number of columns to 3 since we're making a 3 photo side-by-side collage.

If you want to make a 2 photo side-by-side collage, set the number of columns to 2.

To make a side-by-side photo combining more images, set the number of columns to the number of images.

Screenshot of TurboCollage showing selection of Picture Grid pattern with 1 row and 3 columns.

Here's an example of a side-by-side photo with 10 pictures:

Side-by-side photo of 10 people.

3. Add pictures to fill the empty cells in our collage.

Screenshot of TurboCollage showing how to add pictures to side-by-side photo.

4. Reduce the width of the border on pictures to zero, and turn the shadows off to give our collage a simpler look.

Screenshot of TurboCollage showing controls to reduce border on pictures, and to turn shadows off.

5. We're using a white background colour. Switch it to black colour.

Screenshot of TurboCollage showing controls to reduce border on pictures, and to turn shadows off.

6. To pan and zoom a picture, click the image to select it and then use the pan and zoom controls.

Animation showing how to pan and zoom a picture

7. Drag a picture into a different cell to change its position.

Animation showing how to drag a picture into a different cell to change its position.

8. Our side-by-side photo is ready. Export it to a JPG image that we can print, email, or share on social media.

Screenshot of TurboCollage showing control to export the side-by-side photo to a JPG.

You can combine two, three, four or more photos using the steps outlined above.

Here's another example of a 5 picture side-by-side photo:

Side-by-side photo of 5 dogs.

In artists’ terminology, a 2 picture side-by-side photo is a diptych, 3-picture as a triptych, and 4-picture as a quadriptych. Sometimes such photo arrangements are collectively called polyptychs.

Here's an example of a 3 picture side-by-side photo:

3 picture side-by-side image
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