I'm trying to recreate this:

image grid

I know it could be easily done manually, but I'm wondering if anyone has come across a tutorial or knows how to create this automatically with actions in Photoshop?

I want to be able to select a number of photos and be able to create something similar automatically. If anyone knows anyway to accomplish this efficiently with any software I'd really like to know.

  • You're referring to what's known as the "packing problem." If you were to do this in Photoshop, you would need to use the scripting api. Dec 17 '13 at 4:04
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    As someone who writes Photoshop scripts a lot, I can tell you this would be very complex. That said, it would be an interesting challenge for me and I may have a solution (no promises, though) Dec 18 '13 at 19:54
  • Will the number of images always be the same? This could be done with nested actions.
    – Phlume
    Jan 14 '14 at 16:05
  • I'd probably use indesign and import that to photoshop. About indesign gap tool and gridify. Little more about gridify.
    – Joonas
    Jun 15 '16 at 6:46

If no Action Script is made available to you. I think it may be more efficient, personally, to use InDesign for any layout work as it offers better tools for layout than photoshop does.

You could easily build a template layout of empty frames (frame tool) that matches the above layout orientation (or any layout). Then bulk place the photos you would like to use into the empty frames. I have used this to make templates for photographers in wedding photography.

This option would not work well˚ unless you are dealing with a set number of photos (like the 8 above).

˚A variable number of photos (think Pinterest site/app...) may work if you use a little gem of mathematics - Pythagorean Tiling (similarly Tessellation).


Here you have a good photoshop action http://www.filedropper.com/13photocollage I found on the web, this is an easy way but I don't recommend it to you, maybe it will not work for harder things. also I recommend you this good tutorial digital-photography-school they teach in 9 easy steps how to make what you want.

also I recommend this youtube video by Tuts + Illustration wich teach you how to create an image collage in indesign


Have you tried the tych extension? http://lumens.se/tychpanel/

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