How to Put Two Pictures Together to Make a Collage or Blend into One
One skill every photo editor should master is combining two photos into one, either through a collage or by overlaying one onto the other. Achieving these results doesn't require extensive editing skills or a large chunk of time. Anyone can merge two pictures together in seconds and we'll show you how. Download the free app PhotoDirector and follow along.
- Open PhotoDirector and Select “Collage”
- Select the Photos You Would Like to Add to the Collage
- Choose a Collage Template
- Save and Share Your Collage
- Upload Both Photos to PhotoDirector
- Select the Layers Tab at the Top of the Screen
- Bonus: Use the Magic Wand or Auto Object Selection to Cut Out Your Subject
- Position Your Object onto the Background
- Select Your Blending Mode
- Adjust the Opacity
- Save Your Image
Put Two Photos Together with a Photo Collage
The easiest and most common way to put 2 photos together is a collage. Creating one is an effective way to showcase multiple related photos without posting them all separately. Many people make collages following vacations or significant life events to share images of the memories they made.
For our example, we will use photos of friends visiting the beach and the editing app PhotoDirector.
You can download PhotoDirector for free from the Apple or Google Play app stores.
Follow these steps to put pictures together with PhotoDirector's collage maker:
1. Open PhotoDirector and Select “Collage”
Once you install and open the app, you will see a home screen with three options: Edit, Camera, and Collage. Select the “Collage” icon.
2. Select the Photos You Would Like to Add to the Collage
The app will take you to a screen where you can select multiple photos from your camera roll to add to the collage. Select up to six pictures that you would like to combine into one image. You can also browse PhotoDirector's royalty-free library of stock photography. This is a great way to add additional imagery to your collage such as nature scenes or animals.
3. Choose a Collage Template
After importing your photos, PhotoDirector will take you to the collage layout editor, where you can browse through templates and choose one that suits your design aesthetic.
Some templates include places to add text and graphic design elements, while others feature frames that outline your photos. Each template is customizable, so if you see one that almost suits your needs, you can adjust it as you see fit.
4. Save and Share Your Collage
Once you finish perfecting your collage, you can save it in several different file formats or share it directly to Instagram and Facebook.
How to Put 2 Pictures Together to Make One with Blending Mode
Another way to combine multiple photos into one is to overlay them using blending modes. These effects allow you to create unique, whimsical images by effectively combining the elements of two photos into one image.
For this example, we will create an image of a turtle in a light bulb and use the desktop version of PhotoDirector.
Download PhotoDirector for free on Mac or Windows.
Follow these steps to combine 2 pictures using blending modes:
1. Upload Both Photos into PhotoDirector
Open PhotoDirector in “Full Mode.” Then upload both photos into the software.
2. Select the Edit Tab at the Top of the Screen
With the photo you'd like to use as the background selected navigate to the “Edit” tab. This will open PhotoDirector's advanced layer editing so you can work with 2 or more photos at once.
Add your second photo as a layer above your background image on the left side of the screen.
3. Bonus: Use the Magic Wand or Auto Object Selection to Cut Out Your Subject
One way to create a seamless blending effect is to remove the background of your topmost photo, creating an unnoticeable layering effect over the bottom photo. If you would like to remove the background of your top photo, you have two options.
Use the AI-powered auto object selection tool which will detect the subject of a photo and select it. Or use the magic wand tool. The wand will create a selection around any object you want by clicking on it.
With either option, you will need to invert your selection, then click “Delete Selection” to eliminate the background.
If you'd prefer not to delete your background, you can skip this step.
4. Position Your Object onto the Background
Next, drag your top photo onto the background photo until it is in your desired position.
5. Select Your Blending Mode
To combine the two photos, select a blending mode from the dropdown in the top left corner. You can try out several modes until you see one that achieves your desired result.
6. Adjust the Opacity
If desired, you can also adjust the blending mode's opacity by dragging the slider beneath the blending mode dropdown. This can help the effect look more realistic.
7. Save Your Image
Once you are happy with the results, save your image.
Add Two Pictures Together with PhotoDirector
Whether you post to social media frequently or simply enjoy creating unique, artistic photos, knowing how to edit photos without spending hours in Photoshop can be really useful.
PhotoDirector's templates and one-click editing tools make photo creation possible for anyone. You can put two pictures together with just a few easy steps, creating fun photo creation in minutes.
Download PhotoDirector for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC today to create your own collages and blended images.