Layout from Instagram Review: Quickly create collages to share with your friends
The cure for boring, bog-standard selfies
Layout from Instagram is the latest collage-making addition to the Instagram collection of apps. Layout doesn’t require an Instagram account to work either. A simple download and you are all set to start making collages from existing photos, by taking selfies there and then with the option of a burst shot of up to four photos, or by using a mix of the two options. The clever thing about using existing photos in Layout is its face-detecting feature, which automatically categorises images that it thinks has a face in it into a separate tab for convenience.
Once you’ve chosen the photos for the collage, ten different layouts will be presented. Select the desired layout and you will then be able to drag photos to swap their position in the layout, mirror them, flip them, and – our favourite – change the size of each canvas segment, providing a new level of abstract creativity or even funny combinations.
You can then share the results on Instagram, Facebook or via the native iOS share options. But if you want to post the collage to other social media then the process can be a bit cumbersome. You’d assume that as its name suggests affiliation with Instagram that you’d be able to change the collage’s colour filters too. But this can only be done as a whole in its parent app, and not individually.
It would also have been helpful if Layout could take photos inside of the app using the main camera, and not just the front camera. Sometimes selfies might not suit the collage we want to make.
But, Layout from Instagram has evolved collage making and the ability to resize each layout segment leads the way for endless imagination. Future updates to the app will surely make it shine.
A fun collage maker which can provide some really creative and humourous results but will definitely benefit from more options.
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