50 beautiful magazine layout ideas to inspire you

Collages use diverse imagery and styles to produce a beautiful image layout. They’re often related to scrapbooks but they also find a lot of purpose in different spheres of web and print design. And while creating mood boards and homemade albums are made by hand, most of today’s collages can be easily done using a photo collage software(opens in a new tab or window) like Canva.

Current trends in collage making(opens in a new tab or window) has lead to the creation of new better tools for building compelling image compositions. This article will guide you through a series of print and digital magazine layout ideas to inspire you.

Editorial Design – Create Visual Compositions With The Reader in Mind

Making a magazine editorial design(opens in a new tab or window) is all about creating pages with appealing layout which offer high readability and grab the readers’ attention through great imagery without making compromises on the importance of text.

01. Mix in Textures


Dash Magazine

Dash Magazine(opens in a new tab or window)’s glamorous cover design stays on top of the trend wave via creative image arrangement. The designer Ashkan Honarvar(opens in a new tab or window) has creatively put collage design into use by mixing artificial texture elements with a model photo to create a fashionable artwork.

02. Create an Out-of-the-Box Grid Design

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Pam and Jenny

Presenting a more modern look, this editorial design by Pam & Jenny(opens in a new tab or window) is an example of a creative grid design put into action.

While the design is clearly based on a grid system, it presents an out-of-the-box approach that implements elements overlapping on other elements while staying in a consistent grid. This style grabs readers attention by playing with image positioning.

03. Mix Subdued Images With Bold Typography



Although it’s a website design, this project(opens in a new tab or window) for the art noveau building, Fleischmarkt, perfectly presents how a modern layout can be adapted to create visually compelling websites with an editorial feel.

The creative image arrangement and beautiful typography in this brilliant project can be easily recreated with the right set of tools. Go for a grid-based design and play with text size and positioning to create a striking design, like this one.

04. Create Contrast With an Accent Color


F5 Magazine

Colorful and memorable, the design of F5 magazine presents a wonderful example of how modern-day digital collages can be used in editorial design to create a beautiful layout with high readability and level of reader engagement.

The black-and-white photgraphy combined with the red accent elements creates an eye-catching design that attracts viewers to the imagery.

05. Combine Different Grid Systems


Chase Matt

While technically not an editorial piece, Chase Matt(opens in a new tab or window)’s design certainly looks like one. His fascinating resume makes a perfect example of how editorial style can be infused in other design branches. The resume contains a cleverly arranged set of images.

At first, they seem to be placed on random locations on the page, yet, they actually follow an invisible grid which gives the layout a clean look and high readability. The images perfectly pair up with a sleek font and use white space to create an accent on the main elements in the design.

Newsletter Design – Showcase Products With a Compelling Image Layout

Being one of the primary ways for product and content advertisement, newsletters need to present images in an attention-grabbing layout that reveals the best sides of the products.

The following five designs will give you a better idea on how you can arrange images on your newsletter designs to ensure your readers’ interest.

06. Use Top-Down Photography


Loeffler Randall

This newsletter design for Loeffler Randall(opens in a new tab or window) presents a trendy product showcase which implements top-down photography and grid-based arrangement. The white space in this design acts as a natural contrast between each product and gives place for a glam title that grabs the viewers’ attention.

07. Assign Separate Sections for Each Image




Align images in each quadrant to create a visual comparison between each one of them. This collage style by BHLDN(opens in a new tab or window) is perfect for seasonal trends showcasing, like the one in this newsletter, or for the arrangement of service benefits and offer key points in business design.

08. Present Product Images in a Perspective View


The Karen Walker Sunglasses

The Karen Walker(opens in a new tab or window)sunglasses(opens in a new tab or window) collection is brilliantly showcased through pattern-styled image arrangement. This minimalist collage presents a perspective view of the products on a reflective white surface where even the text has taken the proper angular position in the virtual three-dimensional space of the products display.

09. Arrange Images According to the “Z” Rule


Banana Republic

The use of diverse image sizing and hand-drawn elements in this newsletter’s collage design draws the viewer’s attention towards the main call-to-action sections.

Accoding to the “Z” rule, readers scan and read content with eye-movement that closely resembles the shape of the letter “Z”. The Banana Republic(opens in a new tab or window) newsletter puts that rule into use and perfectly illustrates how minimalism can be creatively implemented into modern newsletter design.

10. Use an Alternate Text & Photo Arrangement



Net-a-Porter(opens in a new tab or window) has nailed it with a visually compelling newsletter design that cleverly uses digital collages to make a beautiful product showcase for their e-mail advertisement. In this example, the alternate text and photo arrangement is used to separate different sections and accentuate each subtitle.

Brochure Design – Spark Viewers’ Interest With These Layout Ideas

The main goal of brochure design is to provide valuable information without making compromises on the design’s quality. Here’s how these five brochure designs deliver high readability and spark reades’ interest with great image arrangement.

11. Create an Abstract Image Layout

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Silo Theatre

The quaint collage-styled design of the Silo Theatre(opens in a new tab or window) brochure is nothing short of brilliant. The subtle background color(opens in a new tab or window) and abstract image composition, combined with striking typography in a grid-based arrangemend create a striking brochure design that grabs viewers’ attention.

The rhythmic arrangent of performance-related body parts persent a set of actions referencing Silo Theater’s uncompromising and risk-taking performances.

12. Use Images for Storytelling


Reconciliation Action Plan Brochure

Created for Australia’s 500th accredited Reconciliation Action Plan(opens in a new tab or window) (RAP), this fascinating brochure design aims to raise awareness about inequality for indigenous Australians. The design puts storytelling on a whole new level and celebrates the country’s indigenous culture via creative image arrangement that accentuates various indigenous artworks.

13. Use Geometry in Your Collages


Aleix Artigal

This mesmerizing brochure by Aleix Artigal(opens in a new tab or window), an inspiring graphic designer based in Barcelona, aims at guiding tourists through the world’s largest Art Nouveau Site.

The brochure provokes viewers thought with a gorgeously styled digital collage. The geometric image layout reveals only a small section of each of the images, which sparks the readers’ curiosity and makes them tantalizingly curious about whole story behind the Art Nouveau Site.

14. Use the Brochure Folds as a Guiding Grid System


Open Helsinki Brochure

The Open Helsinki(opens in a new tab or window) brochure design is one great example of simplistic collage art used to display various imagery that goes along with a guiding information for tourists. The text and photo arrangement is perfectly harmonized with the brochure folding and creates a compelling design.

15. Create a Symmetrical Sequence of Images


Each side of this brochure tells a different story to the viewers through creative image arrangement and color use. Recreate the style by building a symmetrical sequence of photos and solid shapes.

Album Cover Design – Illustrate Musical Harmony With Graphic Imagery

CD cover design aims at reflecting music’s atmosphere and transferring it into the visual world. Here’s how these five album cover designs use various image arrangement styles to illustrate the music through visuallity.

16. Make a Mixture of Textured Images


Anna Katrin Karlsson

Created by the Oslo-based designer Anna Katrin Karlsson(opens in a new tab or window), this impressive CD cover design combines different textures and contrasting images to create an attention-grabbing abstract pattern. This colorful background perfectly offsets the minimalist title, displayed in a white box in the center of the cover design.

17. Create a Broken Mirror-Styled Collage


Tegan and Sara

This vintage-styled album cover for Tegan and Sara(opens in a new tab or window) can be easily recreated with Canva’s various image frame shapes(opens in a new tab or window). Use a guiding photo in the background and overlay it with cropped out variations which play with image size, sharpness or even show the same item shot in a different angle.

18. Play With Image Arrangement Patterns


A is a name

Another stylish minimalist album cover that can be quickly built with the help of Canva(opens in a new tab or window)’s available templates. Play around with shape patterns and use an abstract form for greater impact.

19. Use Bold Colors and Abstract Elements


Studio Pilote

Studio Pilote(opens in a new tab or window) has managed to nail a hipster, vintage look with the use of bold coloring and abstract shapes. When combined with a matching and equally contrasting image, this eye-candy digital collage can easily grab buyers’ attention.

20. Combine Bold Patterns and Minimalist Fonts


Akatre Studio

The way the different colors and patterns contrast with the main image builds a striking album cover design that is meant to be on the top-selling list. Akatre Studio has certainly outdone most of the leaders in the album cover design branch with a combination of excellent sans serif typography and clever image composition.

Scrapbook Design – Build Your Visionboard With a Captivating Photo Collage

Have you ever wished to create your very own vision board? Scrapbooks and moodboards are a great way to display ideas, dreams and memories and with the help of Canva(opens in a new tab or window), you can easily create a vision board of your own while following the advice below.

21. Give Your Collage a Vintage Appearance


Lisa Hedge

A gorgeous digital collage that quickly grabs viewers’ attention with contrasting image choice and clever layout. Lisa Hedge(opens in a new tab or window) design is an example of how diverse imagery with similar color scheme can be combined ideally into a beautiful collage.

22. Add Hand-Drawn Elements & Fonts


Female Artist Festival

This bold poster design for the Female Artist Festival(opens in a new tab or window) perfectly presents traditional scrapbook style put into modern-day design. The imperfectly-cut photo is overlayed with different hand-drawn elements that build a compelling digital collage with an abstract feel.

23. Use Various Filters for Your Photos


A real-life example of scrapbook design that inspires with a creative photo arrangement and text placement. This collage design is both easy-to-recreate and absolutely gorgeous. Various photo filters can be used for a better scrapbook effect.

24. Use Handwriting for a Personable Collage Design


Notes on Fashion Week

The Notes on Fashion Week(opens in a new tab or window) is one of the most beautiful digital scrapbooks that can be found on the internet.

Work of Garance Dore(opens in a new tab or window), this digital collage combines hand-drawn imagery, photos and writing in a perfect concord that gives each element enough spacing while not separating it from the whole concept.

25. Create a Nature-Infused Collage Design


Kellyn Walker

Another gorgeous digital scrapbook created by Kellyn Walker(opens in a new tab or window). This digital collage uses images with different saturation and elegantly combines them with floral elements to create a fabulous vintage design.

Mixed Media – Build Creative 3-Dimentional Collages

The mixed media collages are a representation of digital collages that transfers all elements of the design into the real world.

This type of collages implement the use of mixed media and recreate the designer’s ideas with the use of tactile textures, light and positioning, yet, they’re often created on the basis of digital collages.

26. Overlay Various Gradients


This Brighton-based designer has created an examplary collection of 3-dimentional collages for his solo exhibition in the local Ink-d Gallery(opens in a new tab or window). His distinctive artwork implements the use of cut-out paper layers in different gradients which create an immersive 3D collage.

27. Transfer Your 2D Elements Into the 3D World


Susy Oliveira

Work of the talented Canadian designer Susy Oliveira(opens in a new tab or window), these giant photo sculpures are an example of how two-dimentional elements can be combined to create three-dimentional figures.

28. Mix Graphic Design With 3D Collages


Eiko Ojala

Eiko Ojala(opens in a new tab or window)’s is an Estonian designer and illustrator who managed to graphic design with 3d collage techniques into the creation of a beautiful set of unique three-dimentional collages.

The collages are made of various shapes with matching solid colors which make them look like flat 2D graphic even though they’re made out of paper.

29. Layer Images to Create a 3D Effect


Kerry Miller

The British artist Kerry Miller(opens in a new tab or window) uses recycled old books to create stunning 3D collages. By layering different cut-out images, she has managed to create a 3D effect and utilized various illustrations to create a glimpse into the past that embraces and celebrates vintage artwork.

30. Combine Various Objects & Elements


Jason Mecier

Jason Mecier(opens in a new tab or window) is famous as the artist who creates celebrity portraits from trash.

For the above example he used disposed household products to recreate faces and images with high precision and attention to detail. While his artwork is mostly related to the 3D design, the same effect can be achieved in the creation of digital collages with the use of isolated images of different products.

Poster Design – Make a Statement With a Powerful Photo Combination

Posters are usually informational graphics that present events and ideas through visual content. These five poster design examples will give you a better idea on how to use image arrangement when creating a visually appealing poster design.

31. Implement Contrasting Textures Into Your Designs


Beato Bigote

The Beato Bigote(opens in a new tab or window) poster instantly grabs viewer’s attention with its bold and contrasting color choice.

The collage combines images with different texture and shape to draw a female figure that gorgeously stands in the center of the design. The spaced title creates a better accent of the background while maintaining high readability.

32. Use Image Frames With Abstract Shapes


Hirofumi Abe

The Heizoose(opens in a new tab or window) project by Hirofumi Abe(opens in a new tab or window), a Germany, and Japan-based designer, presents a beautiful digital collage used as a poster design. The wavy shapes and fresh colors help the slogan naturally stand out.

33. Mix Different Designs to Create a Single Image


Tristan Eaton

Tristan Eaton(opens in a new tab or window)’s brilliant collage designs should not be missed my anyone who’s interested in modern collage creation. His artwork combines typography, texture, photography and clip art to create striking vintage-styled collages.

34. Split Your Image Into Two Contrasting Sections



The Day-By-Day(opens in a new tab or window) project poster goes for a fresh Summer look with a bold color palette and good image choice that creates a contrast between fashion and nature. This modern collage is a beautiful example of how digital graphic manipulation and current trends have affected today’s collage design.

35. Build a Minimalist Image Composition



With an industrial look and a clean choice of images and colors, this poster showcases a minimalist representation of new-age collage design. The use of grids and clean product imagery, combined with a sleek typography choice, aids for the creation of minimal-styled designs, like this one.

Web Design – Build a Stunning Web Page Design With Grid & Mosaic Image Arrangement

Grid and mosaic content arrangement have been known as leading layout styles in contemporary web design. These five beautiful examples of website content layout will give you a better understanding on how the grid system adds value to your web design.

36. Create a Metro-Style Design


Pavel Valek

Adapting web design to a specific grid is a common practice in modern web page creation. Yet, Pavel Valek(opens in a new tab or window)’s exceptional design goes beyond the simple grid system.

By using clean product images and photography with high contrast and perfect quality, the designer managed to create a web page design that stands out with an impressive layout.

37. Use Mosaic Image Arrangement


Evening Tweed

This sleek web page design presents a gorgeous example of how mosaic image arrangement can be an excellent base for image-focused websites.

38. Mix Photos With Bold Fonts in a Sleek Grid Layout


Bianca Elmer

Bold typography and high-resolution images arranged in a sleek grid are what makes this design stand out from the others. Set up your images in a similar position and pick a font that makes a statement to create a similar web page design with a digital collage element.

39. Create a Collage of Different Image Groups


No Method

While this page may seem chaotic and cluttered at first, it actually attracts viewers’ attention through smart image choice. Each line represents a sequence of project images that together create a unique digital collage.

40. Place a Color Overlay & Clean Typography on Your Images



Images with high resolution and color overlay can be used as an accenting background for text when the collage design does not allow any additional space for the website copy.

Advertisement Design – Set Up a Memorable Campaign With a Creative Image Composition

Grab your audience’s interest and increse the click-through rate of your online advertisements by following the advice from this five great ad designs.

41. Place a Centralized Call-to-Action Button Surrounded by Various Product Images


Kathryn Typaldos

This design ideally accents on the main product and draws viewers’ attention to the call-to-action with centralized positioning and frames. Use a solid background and a good product photo in different perspectives or types to create a similar advertisement design.

42. Make a Combination of Different Textures & Colors


Bold color choice and variable patterns make this ad design stand out with a beautiful background. While this design might be a bit overwhelming, thanks to the sufficient amount of white spacing, the call-to-action is clearly visible.

43. Use a Colorful Image Composition in the Background


Loeffler Randall

This advertisement design uses the background as a frame for the main deal. Some elements are cut out in the white box to create a feeling of depth and accent on the text.

44. Use Floral Motifs in Your Digital Collages



This glamorous promo ad design uses floral images with a vintage style to create an accent on the sale offer in the center. The solid background and the calligraphy font play a leading role in the creation of an ad design with a traditional look.

45. Create Movement With a Circular Image Arrangement


In this minimalist ad design for World Cup-inspired sneakers, the circular image arrangement, and the smart color choice help for the creation of a unique and appealing design that goes out of the box of the usual minimalist look.

Book & Editorial Design – Inspire Curiosity With a Compelling Digital Collage

Create a balance between text and imagery in your book design with these lovely image layout ideas.

46. Create a Digital Collage With an Artisan Feel



Snask(opens in a new tab or window)’s book cover and editorial design present a brilliant example of how creatively combined images with a matching color scheme can be the foundation for a striking appearance. The minimalist image arrangement and hand-crafted elements create an artisan feel while the typography and colors keep the current design trends.

47. Arrange Your Images Into Different Shapes


La Vittoria Book

The rhombus-styled image compositions in La Vittoria Book(opens in a new tab or window) perfectly match the project’s quirky, minimalist design. Randomize your image arrangement and use different shapes to produce a similar layout design.

48. Give Your Images a Solid Color Overlay



With a simple color overlay and an abstract element arrangement, this design quickly catches the eye, transforming into a popular choice for lots of print design branches.

If you’re not sure how to combine your images and colors, you can quickly create a similar design with the use of Canva(opens in a new tab or window)‘s gorgeous templates.

49. Mix Photos & Gradients


Circa 1986

The gorgeous book cover of Circa 1986 uses a beautiful combination of images and colors to represent the book’s main idea. Overlay color gradients and high-quality photography and use a bold font to create a similar book cover design.

50. Combine Photography & Hand-drawn Elements



Design Brooklyn

The book cover of Design Brooklyn(opens in a new tab or window) combines two photos which follow the diagonal line of the cover design and create a unique split background.

Split your design with a diagonal line and use two contrasting images that allow the placement of an easily readable title to create a book cover design like the one of Design Brooklyn.

Final Step: Put Your Collage Design Ideas Into Action

Creating a compelling design strongly depends on the layout. With the use of our gorgeous collage templates(opens in a new tab or window) and by following the examples of the 50 inspiring layout designs listed above, you’ll be able to quickly create a gorgeous project in every sector of the print and web design.

Piece together lovely layout designs you can personalize with Canva's Photo Collages(opens in a new tab or window) and feel free to share them with the world.

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