Whether for creating visual comparisons or arranging a cohesive story through photos, there are several ways to make side-by-side photos on your iPhone.
In this article, we’ll guide you through each method with step-by-step instructions.
Let’s start with the most straightforward method: the Shortcuts app.
Method 1: Using the Shortcuts App
Shortcuts app logo
If you want to do things nice and quick, you only need the Shortcuts app. It’s a free built-in app for iPhone users to automate repetitive tasks by creating personal shortcuts.
Let’s apply that to our case in point: combining photos. Here’s the step-by-step process:
Step 1: Launch the Shortcuts app
Open the Shortcuts app from Search, from the Today widget, or by asking Siri.
Step 2: Add a New Shortcut
Tap the + icon in the top right corner to add a new shortcut.
Step 3: Select Photos
Tap on "Add Action" and search "Select Photos". Once you tap on “Select Photos”, switch on the “Select Multiple” option. This allows you to select the two photos you want to use. Note: Don’t tap on ‘Done’ yet.
Step 4: Combine Images
Tap on the search bar below and type ‘Images’. Select the ‘Combine Images’ option. Under the ‘Combine Images’ action, you can customize the layout you want your photos to be arranged. If you want to make side-by-side photos, select ‘Horizontally’. Alternatively, you can also choose the vertical or the grid layout, depending on your photo orientation. Selecting 'Ask Each Time' will prompt you to choose the layout whenever you combine photos. You can also set the spacing between the photos to give them some padding.
Step 5: Save to Photo Album
Tap the search bar again at the bottom of the screen and type or find ‘Save to Photo Album’. Here you can customize the saved folder for your combined images so you can easily find them. Step 6: Add to Home Screen
Lastly, rename your shortcut. Then, tap on the “i” icon at the bottom center (under the search bar) of your screen. This is what you’ll see: Select ‘Add to Home Screen. It’ll show you a preview of the Shortcut icon. Tap on ‘Add’. Now, whenever you run this shortcut, it will create a side-by-side image using the selected photos.
Here’s an example of a side-by-side comparison of the before and after photos when using Imagewith.AI.
On the left side, you’ll see a man figure in the background beside the car. Let’s remove that unwanted object by brushing it off using Imagewith.AI Clearoff. It gets removed from the picture instantly, as you can see on the right side.
Method 2: Using Instagram Layout (for social media sharing)
If you want to share your combined photos on social media directly, Layout by Instagram is also an option. It is an app developed by Instagram that specializes in creating various photo collages by using easy-to-use templates, including side-by-side layouts, allowing users to arrange their photos in creative ways.
Here’s how you do it.
Step 1: Launch the Layout from Instagram app
If you haven't already, download and install the Layout app from Instagram on your iPhone.
Open the Layout app and tap on the "Photos" icon. Select the two photos you want to use side by side.
Step 2: Choose Layout
Layout will automatically arrange your selected photos in different layouts. Choose the side-by-side layout option. Step 3: Adjust Photos
Tap on each photo to adjust its position, size, and orientation within the side-by-side layout. Step 4: Save or Share
Once satisfied with the arrangement, tap "Save" to save the side-by-side photo to your camera roll or tap "Share" to post it directly on Instagram or other social media platforms.
Method 3: Using Keynote
Keynote is Apple's presentation software, but it can also be used for creative purposes like arranging photos.
You can import photos into slides, adjust their positions, and export the slide as an image, effectively creating a side-by-side photo. Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Create a New Presentation
Open the Keynote app on your iPhone. Tap the + icon to start a new presentation. Choose a theme to get started.
Step 2: Add & Arrange Photos
Tap the + icon within a slide and select "Photos and Videos." Choose the two photos you want to use side by side.
In this example, we will use a side-by-side photo between the original photo and the edited photo with the background removed using Imagewith.AI Outcut feature. Resize and position them side by side using multi-touch gestures.
Step 3: Export as Image
Once the photos are arranged, tap the three dots in the top right corner, then select "Export." Choose "Images" and select the format you prefer. This will save the slide as an image in your camera roll. Step 4: Crop Image (Optional)
With the built-in Photos app, crop the image to remove the extra white spaces. Here’s the final side-by-side photo:
Method 4: Using Canva Grids
Another great option is using photo grid layouts in Canva. Canva's Grids feature allows users to arrange two photos side by side within a custom canvas size. Plus, you can customize other design filters into your collage to enhance your photos.
Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Create a New Design
If you haven't already, download and install the Canva app from the App Store. Open Canva and tap the + icon at the bottom right corner to create a new design. Choose "Custom Size" and set the dimensions according to your preference (for example, 1080x1080 pixels for a square layout). Step 2: Add Grid
Tap the + icon again, select “Elements”, then scroll down until you find the Grids section. Select a grid layout that accommodates two photos side by side. Step 3: Add Photos
Tap on the + icon again and then upload your selected photos. Once it’s uploaded into your gallery, drag and drop the photo over the grid cell. Do the same thing to the right grid cell. Double-tap on the grid cells if you want to adjust their positions and sizes.
Step 4: Download or Share
Once satisfied, tap the download icon to save the photo on your device or the share icon to share it directly on social media platforms.
Method 5: Using Photo Editing Apps
Various photo editing apps on the App Store offer collage templates. If you want to edit the two photos individually and combine them side by side, using third-party collage apps also does the trick.
There are several great apps out there, like Snapseed, VSCO, Fotor, PhotoGrid, and more. No matter what you use, these are the general step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: Open & Import Photos
Open the selected app and import the two photos you want to use.
Step 2: Edit Photos Individually
Edit each photo separately if desired. Adjust brightness, contrast, or apply filters to enhance the photos.
Step 3: Combine Photos
Some apps have collage or blending features. Use these features to combine the edited photos side by side.
Tip: When in doubt, you can always check out some tips and tricks on arranging and blending photos through YouTube videos for free.
Step 4: Save or Share
Save the side-by-side photo to your camera roll or share it directly on social media platforms from within the editing app.
There you have it! You’ve learned five ways to make side-by-side photos on your iPhone.
- Shortcuts App: Quick and automated, perfect for efficiency.
- Instagram Layout: Intuitive, designed for easy social media sharing.
- Keynote: Creative storytelling, precise control over photo arrangement.
- Canva Grids: User-friendly, offers customization options and design elements.
- Photo Editing Apps: Individual photo editing, advanced adjustments, and creative effects.
Experiment with these methods to find the one that suits your needs best.
With any of these methods, you can effortlessly craft visually engaging side-by-side photos, making every moment a canvas for your artistic expression.