How To Open Two Images in Adobe CS5 Photoshop Extended

DafeenahStarred Page By Dafeenah, 9th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A few tips and tricks about things that are often necessary to know but not covered in the usual tutorials.

Things Not in the Manual

I learned how to do graphic design at Google University. Because my teacher (myself) was not the most knowledgable, there were alot of little things I didn't know how to do. Things that the tutorials I found via Google didn't explain. They just assumed someone using Photoshop already knew these things, but since I didn't I never could follow the tutorials. It was always the most simple things that I couldn't figure out how to do.

For example, getting two images into one frame so that I could blend them together. The blending part was easy I knew I could do that because I was already using other designing software, but how did I get both images in the same frame? That was the part that no tutorial explained. So for others out there that might be like me, I thought I would make a detailed how to. Not knowing how to do this kept me from using Photoshop for months, and then when I finally figured it out by accident it was so simple I couldn't believe that I didn't realize it sooner.

Opening the First Image

The first step in blending two images is getting them open separately. First we'll open Image A. Double click on the Photoshop icon and launch the program. Once the program is launched:

1. Click File in the top left corner of Photoshop
2. Click Open and Browse to search for Image A
3. Once we have located the file select it

Now you have Image A opened, if you look at the sample image I have uploaded, then you will notice I circled the tab showing us that the name of this file is Image A. It's important to note this tab. As you will need to use this later to blend the two images.

Opening the Second Image

Now simply repeat the same steps as you did for Image A. Don't worry about the first image it will stay where it's at. Just simply repeat the same exact steps as you did for Image A except this time choose Image B.

1. Click File in the top left corner of Photoshop
2. Click Open and Browse to search for Image B
3. Once we have located the file select it

Now if you'll look at the image I have provided, then you will see the tab bar in the red circle. Both Image A and Image B are there opened, but we need them to be in one frame so that we can blend them.

Merging the Two Images

Now here is the tricky part.

First, we'll need to drag Image B to the right so that we are able to merge it into Image A, so make sure your move tool is choosen. That's the first little icon on the left that looks like an arrow. (or for shortcut just simply click the V on your keyboard and it will automatically go to the Move tool)

Take your mouse and move the cursor so that it is on the tab (located in red circle in previous image) where it says Image B. Now left click on the mouse and keep it held down and drag Image B a little to the right and then release the left click.

Your screen should now look like the one in the example.

Moving Image B

Now to actually move the Image B, make sure your move tool is choosen. (or for shortcut just simply click the V on your keyboard)

Then move your cursor over Image B and left click. Hold the left click down and drag the Image B on top of Image A. Then release your left click on the mouse

You should now have Image B in two places.
1. Off to the right in its own frame
2. On top of Image A

Look at the example to make sure your screen looks like this. Now you can either minimize or close your original Image B that is off to the right.

If you look I have circled the minimize and closing options in Image B in red, so click the (-) to minimize or the (x) to close whichever you prefer. I prefer to minimize until I am completely done with my blending. That way if I make a mistake then I have the image still opened and just need to drag and drop it back into Image A and start over. I don't have to go through the whole process of opening the image again, but it's totally up to you. Both options are fine.

Blend the Image

Now that you have both of your images together, you can blend it anyway you like. You're only limited by you imagination.

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author avatar Shaun Jarmen
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Excellent article, i need this information.

Thank You

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Nicely done. I use Photoshop CS5 almost everyday along with some very specialized photo editing programs. This will be very helpful to the new user.

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author avatar Dafeenah
10th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks. I normally use CorelDraw but Photoshop has so many other features that CorelDraw doesn't. I really wanted to use it but I just couldn't figure out HOW to. lol

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Wow! Great article, Dafeenah, thank you for sharing this...Congrats on Star page, it is well deserved...

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author avatar Retired
11th Mar 2011 (#)

well deserved star page, and great information to boot

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Mar 2011 (#)

Well done Dafeenah,

This is amazing.

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author avatar Rossmore82
25th Jan 2013 (#)

Give this guy a medal- why has nobody else taken the trouble to explain this procedure. 5 Stars!!

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author avatar Chris
7th Feb 2013 (#)

Wonderful, clear and simple..thanks to you !

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