How to Make Two Pictures Overlap Using Paint

By Aurelio Locsin

Digital cameras have become cheaper and easier to use, allowing for a proliferation of images in the computer world. You can take such images with your own camera, or download them from the Web at picture sites or by finding them with search engines. You then can use these images as the foundation of a desktop background, to illustrate a report or to entertain recipients of an e-mail. If you have two or more images, you can display each separately. Or you can artfully overlap them into one image using Windows Paint.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button. Then choose "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Paint" to display the Windows Paint window.

Step 2

Click the "File" button on the upper left and choose "Open" to show the file dialogue box. Navigate to the first picture that you need and double-click to load it into Paint.

Step 3

Open another instance of Windows Paint as described previously. Navigate to the second picture that you need and double-click to load it into the second instance of Paint.

Step 4

Open a third instance of Paint, which you will use to combine the two pictures. Click the "File" button and choose "Properties" to display the Image Properties dialogue. Specify a width and height that is bigger than the combined sizes of the two pictures you want to overlap. The document area in the third Paint resizes to match your numbers.

Step 5

Go to the Paint instance containing the image that you would like to appear behind the other image. Press the Ctrl and A keys to draw a selection rectangle around the entire image.

Step 6

Press the Ctrl and C keys to copy the image. Go to the third Paint window and press the Ctrl and C keys to paste the image into the blank document. If needed, click "Resize" in the Image group to resize the image. Move the image in the document area to where you want it to remain.

Step 7

Repeat the same process to select and copy the second image, and to paste it into the third Paint window. Move the image so it overlaps the first image.

Step 8

Click the "File" button and choose "Save" and a format. If you intend on posting your overlapped picture on the Internet, choose "JPEG," which is the most common Web format. A file dialogue box appears. Navigate to where you want to store the image, enter an image title and click the "Save" button to save your image.

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