How to Superimpose a Photo in Adobe Elements

Written by filonia lechat
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Adobe Photoshop Elements may be known as the "lighter" or less expensive version of the large Adobe Photoshop package, but it still provides functionality to do many photographic tricks. Combine two photos, for example, with just a couple of clicks and create a melded piece of artwork impossible to capture with a camera in real life. Use Elements' superimposing process to quickly design an eye-catching piece of artwork.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Photoshop Elements, click the "File" menu and click "Open." Browse to where the two photos to blend are located on your computer. Elements supports multi-select, so if the two photos are in the same folder on your computer, press and hold down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard, click once on each image and click the "Open" button on the screen. Otherwise, browse to each photo and double-click it to open it on the workspace.

  2. 2

    Click the photo to layer on top of the other photo. Pull down the "Select" menu and click "All." Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on your keyboard to copy the image.

  3. 3

    Click the "bottom" photo to give it focus. Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys on the keyboard to paste in the copied image, which appears on top of the bottom photo.

  4. 4

    Pull down the "Edit" menu and click "Transform." Select "Scale" and shrink the top photo into size as preferred.

  5. 5

    Right-click the "Eraser" tool, which looks like a grey rubber school eraser, on the "Tools" palette. Select "Background Eraser Tool," which looks like the rubber eraser with small scissors on top of it.

  6. 6

    Press and hold down your left mouse button and then drag the cursor around the background of the top photo. The background is erased and the bottom photo shows through. Continue erasing elements of the top photo, blending the two together.

  7. 7

    Click the "File" menu and select "Save As." Type a new name for the superimposed image; don't save it with the same name as either of the originals because then you won't be able to access them again.

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