According to Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost, you can use Photoshop to composite multiple images together. Kost’s video is worth watching all the way through but her approach is not the only way to put multiple pictures in different layers in Photoshop. Photoshop famously allows users to achieve goals using several different methods. This may help explain why it has become such a popular application to a wide variety of people.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Digital pictures
Run Photoshop. Click the “File” tab. Click “Open.” Navigate to your first picture. Click it. The picture loads.
Proceed in like manner to load your second picture. Click on the second picture and hold down the left mouse button. Drag the picture into the window of the first picture. Release the mouse button. The second picture joins the first picture in the first picture’s window, but importantly, it is on its own layer. Close the window of the second image. Proceed in like manner adding further pictures as required.
Click “Window” then “Layers” to display the layers panel, if it is not already on view. You will see thumbnails of all the pictures you have added. According to Photoshop, layers are similar to a stack of acetate sheets. (See References 2. No page numbers in document but you could search for “stacked acetate”). To see one layer through another, you will have to change the opacity of a layer, which is set to one hundred percent by default.
Click a thumbnail to select that layer. Click the arrow to the right of “100%.” Change the value and the opacity of that layer diminishes accordingly. Proceed in like manner for all your layers, until their relative opaqueness is as required. Move layers around the window by clicking and dragging them, to achieve the arrangement you want.
Click “File.” Click “Save As.” Select a Photoshop file type in the format menu if you wish to retain your layers as separate objects. Select JPEG if you wish to blend your layers into one JPEG image.
Tips and warnings
- Photoshop is now able to open JPEG images up to about 65,500 pixels high and wide, according to the Adobe Photoshop Help and tutorials guide. (See References 2. No page numbers in document but you could search for “big JPEGs”).
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