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Photoshop Elements: Combine Multiple Images

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6

July 3, 2008

When you want to combine multiple images into one new image, you must open separate files and then copy each file into the working image. Two common ways to do this are:

  • Copy an image and paste it into another image.
  • Drag-and-drop an image on top of another image.

After you copy all images to your working image, you are ready to make a collage.

View All Open Images

When combining images, it helps to view all the open images in the Editor workspace.

To view multiple images at the same time:

  1. Open the images you want to combine.
  2. From the Window menu, select Images, then Tile. The images are tiled in the workspace.

Tiled images

View Only One Image

To view only on image:

  1. In the tiled view, click the image you want to view.
  2. From the Window menu, select Images, then Maximize Mode. The selected image is displayed.

Copy and Paste Images

To copy and paste images:

  1. Open the source images you want to copy and a destination image (new or existing image).
  2. View all open images in the workspace (see above).
  3. Click an image that you want to copy.
  4. From the Select menu, select All or press Ctrl+A.
  5. From the Edit menu, select Copy or press Ctrl+C.
  6. Click the destination image.
  7. From the Edit menu, select Paste or click Ctrl+V. Each image you add is displayed on its own layer above the current layer.

Copy and Paste Image


Drag and Drop Images

To drag and drop images:

  1. Open the source images you want to copy and a destination image (new or existing image).
  2. View all open images in the workspace (see above).
  3. Click an image that you want to copy.
  4. From the Select menu, select All or press Ctrl+A.
  5. Select the Move tool.
  6. Drag-and-drop the image on top of the destination image. When you release the mouse button over the destination image, the copied image is displayed on its own layer above the current layer.
  7. Repeat until all source images are copied.

Drag and Drop Image


Caution: Do Not Drag from the Photo Bin

Do not drag your photos from the photo bin into another file. When you drag from the photo bin, Photoshop Elements creates a special layer called a frame layer and places your photo in the frame layer. The photo appears small in the destination file and the layer thumbnail is marked with a plus sign (+) in the lower right corner in the Layers palette.

Frame layers are special layers that you use when creating projects in Photoshop Elements. During ordinary editing, working with a plain layer is easier. If you inadvertantly create a frame layer, delete it, then follow the instuctions above for copying a source image into a destination image.

Frame layer


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Updated on July 31, 2013