This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation.
What do you do when you want to put multiple photos taken with your iPhone into a single image? Here's how to do it using the Shortcuts app. Just tap the button you've added to your library to create a collage of multiple photos. You can process many pictures at once, so you can play with many things.
We used the iPhone XS in iOS 12.1 and the Shortcuts app in version 2.1.
Add 'Photo Grid' Shortcut
First, install the 'Shortcut' application from App Store. When you start the application, select the Gallery screen. This time, I add a shortcut for 'Photo Grid' to my library.▲Tap 'Gallery' in the Shortcut app, then select 'Photo Grid' (left). And tap 'Get Shortcut' (right).
Use the 'Photo Grid'
Next, open the Library screen and tap the 'Photo Grid' button you added earlier. The Photos app launches, so you select the material you want to use for the collage and run the process. The photos are collaged in the order you select them.▲On the Library screen, tap 'Photo Grid' (left). The first time, you will be asked for permission to access the photo, so please select "OK" (right).▲Select the photo you want to use for the collage and tap 'Done' (left). Shortcut executed (right)
Displays the collage created by the shortcut. If you want to save it, select "Save Image" from the share menu.▲Once the collage is created, tap the Share menu (left). Select 'Save Image' (Right)▲Then I made a collage with 3 x 3 pictures.
Recommended selection is n squared
Needless to say, to make a beautiful square with this shortcut, choose n squared. 2x2 = 4, 3x3 = 9, 4x4 = 16, 5x5 = 25 ...... and so on.▲We verified the relationship between the number of photos and the collage created. If the number of selected photos exceeds n squared, the number of pages in one column becomes n + 1.▲4x4 and 5x5 are also tested. If you look at it on a smartphone screen, I think 4x4 is the limit.
If you feel like it, it might be interesting to try with a large number of copies. Note, however, that the larger the number, the longer the process takes.
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