Merge two photos on one page in Photoshop Elements

  1. Create one document with two or more photos and text
  2. Open Photos and create a new document
  3. Copy and paste two photos on a new page
  4. Resize the first photo
  5. Resize the second photo
  6. Move first photo
  7. Press first photo
  8. Add text to page
  9. Add more text and save
  10. crop image

Create one document with two or more photos and text

If you’re new to Photoshop Elements, you’re probably just starting to realize how versatile and powerful the program is, and how many methods are available to perform some handy and creative tricks. One such skill is to put two photos together on one page, which is very useful if you want to show a “before and after” version of an image or a similar side-by-side comparison.

You can complete this task and even add small text and images. This tutorial uses Photoshop Elements version 14, but these steps also apply to newer versions.

Open Photos and create a new document

To continue, right click on the links below to save practice files to your computer. Open them in Photoshop Elements Editor (edit mode expert or default- ):

• paint desert1.jpg
• painting desert2.jpg

Two photos should appear at the bottom of the window Editor v photo basket.

Then create a new blank document into which you will merge the photos. Go to File > New > Empty file select Pixels as value and enter 1024×768. and then press Okay . A new blank document appears in your workspace and in photo basket .

Copy and paste two photos on a new page

Copy and paste the two photos into this new file using the following instructions:

  1. Click paint desert1.jpg v Shopping cart with photos to make it the active document.

  2. Choose from the menu Select > Everything then Change > To copy .

  3. Click New Document Untitled-1 v Shopping cart with photos to activate it.

  4. Go to section Change > Insert .

In your layer palette you will see that the paintdesert1 photo has been added as a new layer.

Click now paintdesert2.jpg v photo basket and select Choose them all > To copy > Insert. in a new document, as you did for the first photo.

The photo you just pasted will cover the first photo, but both photos are still on separate layers, as you can see if you look at the palette layers (see screenshot).

You can also drag and drop images onto a photo from photo baskets .

Resize the first photo

Then resize and position each layer to fit on the page:

  1. Choose a resource Movement . This is the first tool on the toolbar. On panel parameters: check the boxes Automatic layer selection and Show bounding boxes . Layer 2 is active, which means you should see a dotted line around the Paintdesert2 image with small squares called handles on the sides and corners.

  2. Move your cursor to the handle in the lower left corner and you’ll see it turn into a diagonal arrow pointing twice.

  3. Hold down a key Shift click this corner handle . Drag it up and to the right to make the photo smaller on the page.

  4. Resize the photo so that it is about half the width of the page, release the mouse button and the Shift . Click green checkmark to accept the change.

  5. Double click inside bounding box to apply the transformation.

press and hold button Shift limits the aspect ratio of the photo compared to the original. Without holding down a key Shift the picture will be distorted.

Resize the second photo

To resize the second image:

  1. Click on the image in the background; this will show the bounding box. Click the handle at the bottom right and drag to resize this image to the size you just created. Don’t forget to hold down the key Shift like you did before.

  2. Double-click in the bounding box to apply the transformation.

Move first photo

With selected move tools move the blurred desert scene down and to the left side of the page.

Press first photo

Now you’re going to fine-tune your photo placement:

  1. Hold down a key Shift press the button twice right arrow on the keyboard to move the image away from the left edge.

  2. Click on another desert scene and use move tools to place it on the other side of the page.

Photoshop Elements will try to help you position by locking photos in place when you get close to the edge of the document or other object. In this case, binding is useful; although it can be annoying at times, you may want to know how to disable the snap.

Arrow keys act like a push when a tool is active Movement . Each press of the arrow key moves the layer one pixel in that direction. When you hold down a key Shift the offset increase increases to 10 pixels.

Add text to page

All you have to do is add text:

  1. Choose a resource A type on the toolbar. It resembles t .

  2. to install Options panel as shown in the image above. The color is not important; use any color you want.

  3. Move the cursor to the top center of the document and click in the space just above the gap between the two images.

  4. Enter words painted desert and then click tick on the options panel to accept the text.

Add more text and save

Finally, back to the instrument Text to add words Before and After below the photos as shown in the image above.

To change the position of the text before accepting it, move the cursor slightly away from the text. The cursor changes to the tool cursor Movement and you can click the mouse button to move the text.

you’re done but do not forget go to File > Save and save your document. If you want your layers and text to be editable, use Photoshop’s native PSD format. Otherwise, you can save as JPEG.

crop image

If the canvas is too big, choose a tool crop and drag it across the canvas. Move the handles to remove unwanted areas. Then click green check marks or click on Enter or yield to accept the changes.

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