Learn how to use “Layout,” Instagram’s super-simple stand-alone app

Instagram recently announced a new app called, “Layout.” Layout is a really quick and easy way to make collages and layouts of your photos. One of the best things about Layout is that it is user-friendly and I love that about it. To make things really easy for you, I have created a short video tutorial explaining exactly how to use this app which you can watch at the top of this page.

You can use up to nine photos for a collage and the app gives you ten different options for how to organize your photos. All of these options are fully customizable. You can make pictures bigger or smaller, as well as choose which part of the picture is shown. You can also mirror the photo or flip the direction of the photo.

This app does leave out one big feature that most collage apps have. That feature is borders. I really don’t think that it needs it though. The photos look nice and clean without them and it’s a way for this app to stand out. 

You do not need an Instagram account or a Facebook account to use the app. However, it does give you the option to share your collage to Instagram or Facebook at the end, while automatically saving it to your camera roll. But come on, you know you will want to share these cute collages with your insta audience or Facebook friends. Below, is an example of my first collage which I think is #Adorable.

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Chelsey Veturis Baker is the Chief Operating Officer of new media consultancy Sister Act Media. A veteran content marketing strategist, Baker oversees an arsenal of consumer-facing, branded social media profiles including pages on Facebook with more than 4.72 million fans – and accounts on Twitter with more than 42,000 followers. Named one of the “100 Greatest Women in Social Media,” Chelsey positions companies on the first pages of Google. She’s an Elite Member of Yelp, a “Top 50 Tweep to Follow,” an official Huffington Post “Female Geek,” and an inaugural keynote speaker for the O.C. Social Media Summit.

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