If Collage's automatic layout is limiting the design you have in mind, try unlocking the layout.

Freeform Mode / Unlock layout

To turn the automated system off, click the Photo Fit button to the left of the project (below the project on mobile).

Then click the Unlock Layout option (this option is not available on projects using a designed template).

Note: For single image designs, the manual design mode is located under Designs in the Layouts section. 

On some projects, activating freeform mode makes the safety zone visible, giving you access to the full printing area. 

Anything within the safety zone will be on the design. Anything outside it may be cut at printing. If you want your design to cover the entire product, the entire product area beyond the safety zone must be covered by the image even though that will be cut off.  

You can also activate the Snap To Grid mode that will appear below the Unlock Layout button once you're working from this mode with a multi-image design. The Snap To Grid mode still allows complete control over photo placement but offers the added benefit of automatically snapping to a grid line so that you can align the photos evenly. This feature is not available for single image designs. 

Overlap Options

Freeform Mode allows you to stack images on top of each other in your design. In order to bring an image on top of another image, or push an image behind another overlapping image, click the photo, then click Bring Up to bring the image forward and Send Down to push the image back.

If you decide you want to turn the automatic layout back on, click Automatic under Designs or Exit Freeform Mode under Photo Fit.  All freeform work will be undone if you switch off Freeform mode. 

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