How to Insert an Image Into a Photo

By Stephen Lilley

If you have an image on your computer that you'd like to insert into the context of another image or photo file, you can do so using MS Paint. Paint is a basic photo editor that comes with Windows. It enables you to open your original photo and paste your image directly into it. You can then save it as its own file so the original two images will remain on your computer completely unaltered.

Open your digital photo file in MS Paint. To do this, either right-click on the photo file and select "Paint" from the "Open With" menu, or open the Paint software using its icon in the "Accessories" folder of your "Start" menu, click the "Open" toolbar button and select your digital photo file. The digital photo file is displayed in the MS Paint program window.

Open the image that you want to insert into your digital photo file in a separate MS Paint window. Now that MS Paint is open, click the "Open" toolbar button to open your image in a separate Paint window.

Click the "Select" highlight button and use your computer's mouse to highlight the portion of the image that you want to insert into your digital photo. Click the "Cut" toolbar button. Close the window that represents your image.

Click the "Paste" toolbar button to insert your previously selected image into your original digital photo file. The image is highlighted, so you can use your mouse to adjust its positioning in the digital photo file. When you're finished with your insertion, select "Save As" from the "File" menu to save your digital photo file as a new file on your hard drive.