How to Connect Two Different Images in Photoshop

By Marina Martin

Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing program with a wide range of capabilities for amateur and professional photographers alike. Photoshop can take care of many basic tasks such as cropping, resizing, tinting and adding text to images; it also offers more advanced features like masking and layering. If you have two separate images that you want to combine into one file, Photoshop can handle that for you as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop

Step 1

Open both photo files in Photoshop--we’ll call the first one Photo A, and the second one Photo B.

Step 2

Go to “Image” -> “Image Size” in the top menu with Photo A open. A box will appear showing you the dimensions of the photo; write down both the height and width displayed in pixels. (If you see “percent” listed, change the drop-down box to “pixels.”)

Step 3

Go to “Select” -> “All.”

Step 4

Go to “Edit” -> “Copy.”

Step 5

Return to Photo B.

Step 6

Go to “Image” -> “Canvas Size.” The canvas is the entire area you have to work on; we’re going to make the canvas large enough to fit both photos at once.

Step 7

Click the arrow in the upper-left corner of the nine-square grid labeled “Anchor.” The arrow should change so they are all pointing out from the square you just selected. This is indicating to Photoshop which direction the canvas should expand.

Step 8

Select “pixels” from both drop-down boxes in the “New Size” area.

Step 9

Add the width of Photo B listed in the box to the width of Photo A. Enter this new number as the width.

Step 10

Determine if the height of Photo B listed in the box is greater than the height of Photo A. If it is, leave the number in the box. If it’s smaller, change the height to the height of Photo A.

Step 11

Click “OK.”

Step 12

Go to “Edit” -> “Paste.” Photo A should now appear on your canvas. Click on Photo A and drag with your mouse to line it up next to Photo B.

Step 13

Go to “File” -> “Save As” and save your newly-connected image under a different filename.

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