How to Import a JPEG Into an Existing Photoshop File

By Filonia LeChat

Updated September 28, 2017

Whether your attempts to get two subjects into a single photo didn’t work out or you’re experimenting with blending images, Photoshop can help you to combine pictures with just a few quick clicks. Photoshop, a graphics software program available in the Adobe Creative Suite, provides the opportunity for users to edit and transform their images. Enhance your picture by importing another image, then adding it to the original, creating a new picture that combines features of both.

Open the Photoshop document (a file with the extension .PSD) by clicking “File”, then “Open”, and browsing to it on your computer. Double-click it to open it in your workspace.

Click “File” and “Open” again, this time browsing to a JPEG file you want to add to the Photoshop file. Double-click it so that it tiles on top of the image.

Pull down the “Select” menu at the top of the screen, then choose “All”. Press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys simultaneously to copy the picture.

Click back to the Photoshop file to give it focus, then press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys on the keyboard. The JPEG image pastes onto the Photoshop file.

Click the “Move” tool, which looks like a black arrowhead and plus sign, on the “Tools” palette, then drag the JPEG image into place on the Photoshop file.