Step 1: Select the photos
Open iPhoto and create a new album with the images that you want to use for your collage. Close it down and open Pages.
Step 2: Choose the template
Select the blank template from the template chooser, give it a title and save it. Make a habit of saving at regular intervals.
Step 3: Background
Give your collage a coloured background to make the photos pop. Select the rectangle from the Shapes menu and drag the corner points to cover the page.
Step 4: Graphic Inspector
Give the background a gradient to give it depth. Edit the colours from within the Graphic Inspector. Choose Gradient Fill. Click on a colour to change it.
Step 5: Add text
Add some text to your collage by creating a text box and typing. Select the text and open the Text Inspector to format the text into a style you like.
Step 6: Media browser
Open the Media browser, click on Photo and find the album you created earlier. Start adding photos by dragging them onto your document.
Step 7: Framing
Use the tools within the Graphic Inspector to give your images frames, drop shadow or reflections. Use varying sizes to create dynamism and balance.
Step 8: Lead into the page
Flip images from within the Metrics Inspector to lead the audience into the page, but watch out for give-away text or landmarks.
Step 9: Impact
Give photos more impact by cropping into them. Go to the Format drop-down menu and select Mask, then play around until you get the look you want.
Step 10: It’s a wrap
You may notice that the photos make your text shift around the page. To avoid this, go to the Wrap Inspector and untick Object causes wrap.
Step 11: Captions
Add captions using a font such as Handwriting Dakota and create an arrow by drawing a line and selecting an arrow end from the Graphic Inspector.
Step 12: Cutouts
Cutouts add an extra dimension to your collage. Select Instant Alpha from the Format drop-down menu and select the areas you want to remove.
Step 13: Targets
Take time to play around with your layout until you’re happy. Try to keep the spaces between photos consistent. Use guides to help keep things in line.
Step 14: Export
Share your collage easily by going to the Share drop-down menu. Export will give you the option to save it as a PDF or send it straight to Mail or iWeb.
Click on the image below to zoom in and read the annotations.