Grids are an awesome way to layout your images – whether you're creating a mood board to kickstart your imagination of an awesome graphic for your social media page.

From the cover of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night to the great works of Piet Mondrian, grid-based and photo grid designs endlessly appeal to our sense of structure and form. You too can experiment with photo grids by clicking the “layout” pane and choosing from one of our many grid layouts. Drag and drop any design element into the open frames and you’re off and running.

Make photo grids the foundation of your project. From simple three-frame designs to complex arrangements perfect for mood boards, design grids give you room to envision and play. There’s just so much you can do!

Start using grids with Canva
Start using grids with Canva

Kickstart your imagination with grids

One tried and true method to bolster creativity is to give yourself some constraints to inspire lateral thinking and new ways to approach design problems. Starting with a grid is a great way to begin your design and plan how to crop and prepare your photos. Next time you face a creativity roadblock for a photo collage, scroll through our selection of grids and start brainstorming. And if inspiration hits you while on the road, make sure you’ve got Canva on your mobile device (it’s free for both iOS and Android devices) so you can design anytime, anywhere.

Select a grid layout for artful cropping

With photo grids, we do the work for you. Drag any photo into a grid box and we’ll make it fit, but the fun really begins when you click “crop” to resize, recrop, and position the photo. Cropping can help create tension and focus or a feeling of spaciousness. You can even try cropping a photo many ways in a single design to grant it a sense of fullness and progression.

Start using grids with Canva
Start using grids with Canva

Give your photo grid accents and contrast with colors

Design grids are endlessly versatile. For example, you can fill grids with more than just photos. Fill a box with a flat color by selecting the box and choosing a color from the palette or color wheel. Color your grid to give balance and texture, or pull the design together with a unifying shade.

Add text to grant your grid narrative and context

Canva allows you to layer design elements on top of one another, opening plenty of possibilities to enhance your design grids even further. Try adding text within any frame or even across frames. You can place one of our many pre-made text holders with perfectly paired fonts and swooshes, or create your own with our versatile text tool.

Start using grids with Canva
Start using grids with Canva

Use photo grids to tell a story

Just like the pages of a comic book, grids can be used to show time and motion. But don’t think grids are only appropriate to display the misadventures of spandex heroes! Grids are perfect for instructions, diagrams, or even creating photo comics by uploading your own shots and throwing in some word balloons. Excelsior!