Photography/Layering??

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Hello Eric,
Just a basic question I hope. I just got back into photography after a 20 plus year lapse. Things have changed a great deal since film cameras!!! I recently was given a very basic point and shoot style digital camera and have been trying to combine two photos into one. The effect that I am looking for is to combine two photographs where one can be seen through the other. I have been experimenting with Photoshop Elements 2.0 but, trial and error is taking too much time. Jus wondering if you can point me in the right directions without taking too much of your time? The concept I'm sure is easy, I am just lacking the knowledge to execute it.  

Thanks much,
Tim

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Welcome to the wild world of digital photography. Although I'm glad we don't need the toxic chemicals anymore, I do miss film.

Quick answer:

1. Open one of the images. Got to the menu: Image = Canvas Size and double the width of the canvas with the anchor point to the right center. That will give you extra space on the right to place the second picture.

2. Open the second picture. Menu: Edit=Select All. Edit=Copy. Switch to the first picture and go to menu: Edit Paste. You'll see the second picture in your first now. It is in a new layer.

3. Choose the Move Tool in the toolbox. Use the tool to move the picture next to your second picture in the image. Now you have 2 images in one.


Long answer:

That may be a bit intimidating. You need a teacher and class to get you in the groove for digital photo editing. For someone like yourself, I recommend one or some of a few things:

1. Check out your local community college for a Photoshop Elements class (you'll need to get a more recent version. I recommend at least version 4. They are at 9 now)

2. Check out some books about Elements. My absolute favorite book (I used them when I was teaching live classes at the community college): Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop (whatever version number you have).

3. Check out http://www.photoshopuser.com. They have amazing tutorials to help you do all kinds of things.

4. Consider buying my course, which is for folks just like you at http://PhotoRestorationBasics.com  

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12 years of full time experience as a digital photo retoucher for companies of all sizes, including United Airlines, K-Mart. Ask me about anything related to working on your photos: Color, contrast, manipulation, restoration, software, hardware.

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