How to Combine Photos in Photoshop Hey Cafe Crew, it’s Colin Smith here from
PhotoshopCAFE and this week I’m going to show you how to combine two photographs together
inside of Adobe Photoshop. It seems like this is an area that people
trip up a lot, so I’m going to do a tutorial on it right now and just kind of answer all
those questions once and for all is how do you combine two photos. So there’s a couple of different ways of doing
it. The easiest way to do it inside of Photoshop
CC is to click and hold on the photograph that you want to bring into the other one. Then move your mouse right up until you see
the other one appear, move your mouse or your pointer, if you’re holding a Wacom, over the
top. If you hold down the Shift key, it will center
it and now release. And notice what we’ve done is we’ve now got
both the photographs there inside of two layers on top of each other so we can combine them. But let’s go back and I’m going to show you
some other things. So if we choose under here, notice there’s
a thing called Application Frame. Now this is only on the Mac. You won’t find this on Windows. So if I turn Application Frame off, notice
that these are kind of just floating and I can take a photo and drag it into the second
one; notice we’ve combined them. Okay, so let’s go back to the Application
Frame and turn it back on again because on Windows you’re not going to have that option. You don’t have the floating windows like you
do on the Mac. Okay, so here’s another way that we can do
it is if we choose Window and then we choose Arrange, and then just change this to, say,
2-up Vertical. Now we can see the two documents side by side. Click and drag on one, we go to the other
one, hold Shift for centering and release it. So let me just go back here. We’re going to go back to Arrange and then
we’re going to go Consolidate all the tabs and now it just takes everything back to where
it was. All right, so now we’re going to create a
little composite really quickly combining these two photos. So I’m going to do it this way, which is my
preferred method. Click, move up to the tab of the destination,
hold down Shift, release. Then I’m going to hit Ctrl T or Command T.
That brings up the Free Transform, but notice that the photo that we put in here is so much
bigger we can’t see those handles. If I zoom out, eventually, you’ll see those
handles. There’s a quick way to do that and that’s
just hit Ctrl 0 (zero) and it would be Command 0 on Mac, and it will zoom out until you see
those handles. And now I can go on the corner, hold down
the Shift key and drag it out proportionately. If I also hold the Option key, it will drag
it up from the center and now we can get it to kind of match there. We could go and I’m just going to hit Enter
to apply it. All right, so I’m just going to go a little
bit bigger now. So what we need to do, though, is we need
to combine these two photographs together so it kind of looks like this is over the
top of it. So we could actually just paint it out for
a mask. That’s one way of doing it, but I’ll show
you another way. Why don’t we just grab the Quick Select Tool
and I’m just going to go over there and notice what I’ve done is I’d drag in. I’ve just selected all those area over the
top. If I hit Command Shift I or I’ll show you
under here, you go under the Select and under Select, go Inverse Selection, which you can
see is Command Shift I on Mac, Ctrl Shift I on Windows. Now we’re just selecting our area here. Now it didn’t really matter. I just wanted to show you that because I want
to show you how to inverse a selection. Now we’re just going to create a mask. With this area selected, go down to the Mask
icon and we’re going to click. Now if we hadn’t inversed the selection, we
could get exactly the same result by holding Option and then clicking. And then we’ll mask the area that we see now,
but instead, I’m just going to click on the masked area and notice now it’s masking it
there. All right, so I’m not going to go like super
in-depth here into showing you how to, you know, make this absolutely perfect. I just want to kind of give you the tips. So notice we got a little bit of a hard edge. We could just do a little cheat here a thing
by just going up on to the layer, selecting that layer mask, double click it to open the
Properties panel if it’s not already open and then we’ll just push that a little bit. And we’re just going to soften that edge. See that, to just kind of soften that off
and we got it selected. Now, in the real world, I would use Select
and Mask, and I’ve got other tutorials and stuff like that on there, but I’m just trying
to show some basic principles here. Okay, so the colors here, they’ve got this
kind of red kind of color cast and on the other side there’s a kind of a blue color
cast. So here’s how you will deal with that. Select one of the layers. Let’s grab the background there, actually,
because we want to change this. So how do we match it? Here’s a quick way? We go to Image Adjustments and then go down
to Match Color. Now here’s our Match Color and what we want
to do is we want to choose our source. And our source is going to be this image which
is likejacksons.jpg that I grabbed from Adobe Stock. And the layer that I want to use now is actually
going to be Layer 1. That’s the one that I want to grab the colors
from. So notice when I do that, it applies the colors
from this layer onto the other one. Of course, right now, it looks a little bit
strong, so we just want to bring it back, and we can do that with the Fade slider. So if we take the Fade slider down a little
bit, we could combine it till the colors sort of match. We can also play around with Color Intensity
which will make it less saturated or more saturated. And then, of course, Luminance, which is lighten
it up a little bit or darken it up to match the image that we want to match on the top. So, we can just go down like that. Now, in real life, this is actually off in
the distance so we’d have less color than the other one. So here’s another little tip that you can
do when you’re doing this kind of work and you want to kind of combine things together. What we can do is we can actually just add
a color over the whole thing. So if we’d just go here and we choose solid
color and we want to give it some kind of a cinematic look, I don’t know, let’s give
it a nice kind of an orangey glow, and then we change this to–this is the color layer–change
this to color blend mode. There’s other ways we can do this, of course. And then if we pull the opacity all the way
down and then just give it a little smudge, just give it a little touch. There we go and notice what it does by dripping
this color down on to the other two layers, it kind of merges them all together and gives
them this kind of a nice feel. So don’t forget, if you like this, hit that
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week, I’ll get you a new tutorial on Photoshop, Lightroom and different types of gadgets. So anyway, guys, add a comment. Let’s get a discussion going. Thanks for watching and until next week, I’ll
see you at the Cafe.


  1. Warren Downes - One Wood March 31, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    great tip , nice and easy

  2. damien March 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    thanks – short AND of use – nooooooice 🙂

  3. Ramon Edition March 31, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    effect easy e fast o

  4. Cloud Dancer April 1, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Application Frames is available in Windows it is just called something different. Its a setting in preferences.

  5. Bainebiker x April 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Nice tutorial!

  6. Gil Feliciano April 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Excellent…just added to my personal favorites!

  7. Tony H April 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    GR8 tutorial, bringing it down to simple easy to follow steps without trying to make it an advanced tutorial that beginners can neither understand or follow. This is something we can all start with before trying to go that extra layer.
    One more thing, it's gr8 that unlike most youtube tutorials you speak at a pace most can keep up with and without yelling.
    Thanks M8

  8. J.R. Maddox April 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Colin…. That is a much easier way of doing it…. =) And faster too.

  9. Peter Smith April 6, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Great tutorial easy to follow, easy straight forward steps to follow.

  10. Stephen Milden April 11, 2017 at 2:57 am

    The Porsche 356 is one of my favorite cars which made the tutorial that much better. Your pacing and clear explanations are really helpful & refreshing.

  11. m3taz ismail April 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

    مانوع الفوتوشوب الذي تعمل عليه

  12. Rick The Explorer™ April 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Just starting with Photoshop. I will need to take notes during this video to implement. Fantastic tutorial. Subbed, Liked , Going to watch this many times. Thank You.

  13. Zeyna Amazonlu April 30, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Wow thanx ..although ı dıdnt have a prob wıth merging the the ımages .. ım glad ı watched yr vid apprecıate the tıps …keep them commın.. cheers

  14. Homemade Hollywood May 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Your style is such that anyone can learn from you. (coming from a former facilitator) Thank you for sharing your talent and expertise with us, in a way we can learn and better our own craft.

  15. Osclala May 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

    now your world has two suns

  16. Grace Mignon May 27, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I love love love your tutorials! you explain so well without speaking too fast ! thank you!

  17. Biliana BiBiShi June 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    sorry but YES We have Floating windows in CCS on Windows PC ! and we can drag from one to the other too! what is this idea that Floating windows exist only on Mac computers? sorry here you are wrong ?

  18. Sanjay Joshi June 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Great tutorial Colin!! Where can I get the images you have used ?

  19. Carlos Chavez June 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Just what I was looking for!!! Thank You very much for making this tutorials!!!

  20. Rhino Hughes June 14, 2017 at 12:11 am

    They are easy to follow steps but my computer will not let me even combine the two photos into one. I drag one over the other, wait until it shows the other picture, I hold shift and release but it still won't combine layers.. Any suggestions?

  21. Helena Showell June 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you so much! I'm working on combining pigeons and ducks on a playing field. I truly appreciate you keeping the tutorial simple so that I could replay what I needed at various stages. What fun learning! 😀

  22. F. Norman July 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Superb tutorial. Thanks, I learned quite a bit.

  23. pam b July 13, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you Excellent you are a great and easy to follow you are my Favorite…….

  24. Sisomphou Viravong July 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Thank you Excellent you are a great and easy to follow you.

  25. Mckenzie August 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    life saver

  26. B. Berya August 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    What's the name of the application I must download on my computer though??

  27. Paulette Whinnery September 16, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Thank you. You don't talk to fast either.

  28. Just A normal person September 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    love the way you made this video, short, simple, clear sound really helpful 🙂

  29. Si mon September 26, 2017 at 1:33 am

    if I see one more grammarly ad I will scream, that product will never appear on my computer EVER!!

  30. William Cruz September 28, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Extremely helpful. Thanks

  31. Troy Gulbrandsen September 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Wish everyone who posts on YT could see this video first – and learn from it 🙂

  32. Chris McQuarrie October 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    nice job. thank you!

  33. BrandoEpics October 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    thank u!

  34. Julian De Leon Febrero October 26, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Alt least you could use images with the same lightning. Light goes in two different directions. Try to flip canvas in one of them

  35. Bernie Ecclestone October 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

    you f-cking talk too much.. be to the point, man!

  36. Andy Aftene October 31, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    THIS was epic info dude.

  37. Glewz November 24, 2017 at 9:27 am


  38. F. Norman December 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I cannot merge these two photos, I have tried everything. (I’m using Windows)

  39. Robert Sander January 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Very helpful for me as a neophyte

  40. Smaher January 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Where's the car picture from?

  41. Robert Ruth February 6, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    loved this!

  42. Camoflague March 1, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I’m having problems dragging the photo

  43. Insight Video March 7, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Awesome and informative video. Thanks.

  44. Chucky Verner March 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Hello. Everytime I drag and release a photo into an existing photo, it takes it to a new layer. the photos are not together.
    Best wishes

  45. Coldacre April 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

    this didn’t help one bit

  46. Bryce Patrick April 15, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Great video. Colin can you please explain how to then use the magic tool to then fill little gaps? For example if you had a tree or bridge etc. I've tried the same process (tool. Select what I want to fill. Inverse. Layer) but it doesn't work. Obviously I'm doing something wrong

  47. photoshopCAFE April 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    For those of you who ask, here is how to cut out trees in seconds!

  48. Michele Barrette May 1, 2018 at 1:58 am

    super professional job

  49. Jordan Lowerson May 9, 2018 at 5:59 am

    EXTREMELY HELPFUL! thank you, you just saved me hours on my assignment

  50. Damon_Rushing 27 July 5, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Nice video, thanks so much for the tips!!

  51. Puneet Bhatia July 7, 2018 at 10:39 am

    urs first step is not working….ur concepts are very hard easy ways are available…..

  52. john bhora July 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

    You just got a new subscriber

  53. alvin saguit August 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    How to hold it

  54. Nike SB September 6, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Need link for images used

  55. Robert Andrews September 8, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    halo was so bad, I thought I was hallucinating.

  56. Nilotpal Dey September 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Excellent tutorial…… Just mind blowing

  57. Mario Goren October 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    very good! thank!

  58. Jos Hensens November 4, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Match color, it makes things so much easier. Thank you!

  59. Mysterious November 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

    this was no help ._.

  60. Aditya ☀️ November 21, 2018 at 6:42 am


  61. Web Assets December 8, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    excellent.. this is what i really wanted!

  62. Johno December 19, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Isn't the sky supposed to be gold/yellow since it's noon?

  63. LTUKebabas January 17, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Really helpful to new users to photoshop like me 🙂

  64. MrMRM January 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    This doesn't work

  65. Madliar January 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

    yo y u gotta flex so much with ur mac

  66. Silver Sandpiper Graphic Design and Communications February 1, 2019 at 12:36 am


  67. Four Fragments February 6, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    How do you do this on iphone?

  68. adrian behramaj February 19, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  69. Aaron Latimer March 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Just for the record… you can definitely have 2 floating images on windows. You literally just drag the tab away…

  70. Michelle Barnea March 7, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    This is the first tutorial that actually made the process work for me. Thank you!!

  71. shweta MG March 26, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I tried this and i love the effect I generated from a reflections in the pond look

  72. Mahfujur rahman April 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for your tips Bro …

  73. JC Mills April 13, 2019 at 1:21 am

    when I click and drag it only uses whatever I used last such as zoom tool–it does not let me click the photo and drag and drop it.

  74. Uzy Odenk April 30, 2019 at 8:10 am

    You're a freaking monster, I love you. THANK YOU. Liked and Subbed.

  75. Tuhqa May 7, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Yea this doesnt work lmao, idk how you got your quick select to magicaly capture the whole sky without any interrupted parts

  76. sujan shrestha June 7, 2019 at 5:58 am


  77. Oghum Inf July 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Jesus, just for that simple drag and drop I wasted hours finding a clue on the internet, like why the hell are all the guide online are for making photos look pretty I just want to make 2 pictures side by side and I can't even do that simple thing just by trying out photoshop
    Much thanks man

  78. The Productivity Channel July 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Clear and easy to follow… you're a prince.

  79. Frank Cich July 17, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Definitely one of the better explanations of this process. Thank you!

  80. Savage 1776 July 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I'm new to Adobe Photoshop. But for a while now I've been trying to do this. It says the background is locked on mine. And it gives me the option to layer from a background if I right click on the mouse. I've done it with the background layer locked like yours and I've done it with the right quick changing it to an image layer and when I move the actual image over the two images never ever ever merge together! Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong? Everything on my computer is set up exactly like this video and I've tried it this way and the other way where I've tried to merge and I can never get the two pictures to merge

  81. Chris Wrenne August 18, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    video starts at 2:00 smh

  82. Outrundiamond 64 September 4, 2019 at 7:57 am

    You do have the floating windows on windows You just drag it down

  83. Kiri September 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm


  84. Keiana Hunt September 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Can I pay you to do it for me?!

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