How to Add Two Pictures Together in Photoshop
By Filonia LeChat
Updated September 28, 2017
Photoshop, the graphics software available from Adobe, offers a large collection of tools, colors and filters for editing and transforming photographs. But Photoshop’s functionality doesn’t end at fixing redeye or lightening an image; the program can also assist in helping you make mini-collages and displaying your images in new ways. Show off two pictures in one by using Photoshop to combine images with just a couple of quick clicks.
Open Photoshop, click “File” and select “New.” Name the file “CombinedImages” and set your preferred dimensions, such as 10 inches by 6 inches. Click the “OK” button and the Photoshop workspace opens.
Click the “File” menu again and select “Open.” Browse to the two digital photos you want to combine. Photoshop supports a multi-select feature, so if the two pictures are in the same folder or location, press and hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard, click once on each photo and then click the “Open” button on the screen. The two photos tile into the Photoshop workspace. If the photos are in different places, browse and open each one individually.
Click the “Window” menu at the top of the screen and select “Layers” to open the “Layers” palette; the palette may already be open on your screen.
Press and hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard, click once on a photo and drag and drop it onto the “CombinedImages” box. Note that the “Layers” palette gains a new layer called "Layer 1."
Press and hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard, click once on the other photo and drag and drop it onto the “CombinedImages” box. Note that the “Layers” palette gains a new layer called "Layer 2," giving the Layers palette three layers (a blank Background layer and the two other layers).
Click once on either Layer 1 or 2, then click the “Move” tool, which looks like a black arrow head and cross, at the top of the “Tools” palette. Drag the photo into place on the “CombinedImages” box. To resize the picture, click the “Edit” menu at the top of the screen, click “Transform,” click “Scale” and shrink the picture to size. Repeat with picture 2 until both are in position.
Resize the “CombinedImage” box so no white space shows, or to increase the box size by clicking the “Image” menu, then clicking “Canvas Size” and typing in new dimensions. This step is optional.
Click the mini lines icon at the top-right of the “Layers” palette and select “Flatten Image.” Click the “File” menu, click “Save As” and save the combined image to your computer.
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.