Want to learn how to put two pictures side by side in Photoshop? In this quick tutorial, we'll jump into Photoshop, put two images side by side, and save them as one image. We'll also walk through how to open two images side by side in Photoshop so that you can view both at once before putting them together.
What You'll Learn in This Tutorial
- How to open two images side by side in Photoshop
- How to put two pictures side by side in Photoshop
What You'll Need
We'll use these two images from Envato Elements in this walkthrough. However, you could use any two images of your choice. The concepts will work the same, regardless of which images you choose.
How to Put Images Side by Side in Photoshop
First, let's begin with a walkthrough of how to open two images side by side in Photoshop. There are so many reasons why you might want to do this. Lots of creative projects require more than one image. You may want to, for example, just view multiple images at one time within the software.
To open an image in Photoshop, go to File > Open. Repeat this twice: once for each image that you would like to open. For this walkthrough, make sure you've opened two images of your choice.
Your work area likely looks like this, with two image documents open. Note the two tabs at the top. There's one tab for each image, and you can click to toggle between them.
If you look at the Window menu, at the very bottom, you can see a list of every document you currently have open. Each item you have open will typically have its own tab in your workspace too. You can toggle between each tag to jump from one document to the other.
Clicking and dragging on these tabs will undock the document. This allows you to resize each document window individually. This is how to open two images side by side in Photoshop.
Next, let's explore how to put images side by side in Photoshop, in one document.
Let's begin by creating a New Document. Go to File > New to do so. For this demonstration, let's work with an image that is 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide. You can work at any image size that you prefer. Click on Create to finish creating your document.
Here's what our new document looks like. It's just a white background with no other content yet.
Next, open up your Layers panel. You can do so by going to Window > Layers.
Here's an example of what your Layers panel should look like in your new document. Again, all we have is a white background layer.
Now, let's go to one of our open image documents. Click on the document to make it active. You'll notice that your Layers panel will change to reflect the active document. So, for example, you'll see an image and not a white background.
Go to Select > All to select the entire image document. You'll see a dashed marquee around the image, and this is your visual cue that it has been selected.
Then, with the image selected, go to Edit > Copy.
Return to our new document. Then, go to Edit > Paste. This pastes our image into the new document.
Refer to the Layers panel. You'll see our white background layer, and on top of it, we have a new layer with our image in it.
Repeat this process with the second image. Here's what the Layers panel looks like with two images pasted into the document. We can select each layer independently. When we do, we can use the Move Tool to click and drag to reposition the content on each layer.
But what if your images need to be resized? For example, in this case, they're a little too big.
Go to Edit > Free Transform. Then, we can click and drag on the visible resize handles to resize our work. Adjust your images so they fit the canvas the way you prefer.
However, you'll likely want to crop these images so they fit the space better too. There are lots of ways you could do this, but I'll share one of my favorites with you: Clipping Masks. It's non-destructive (meaning you don't have to delete any of your imagery) and gives you a lot of flexibility for adjusting your work.
Select the Rectangle Tool. Then, click and drag to draw a rectangle where you would like one of your images to be in your composition. You'll notice that Photoshop automatically creates a New Layer for this rectangle.
Next, select one of your image layers, and drag it on top of the rectangle layer.
Right-click on PC or Control-click on Mac on the image layer. From the resulting menu, select Create Clipping Mask.
Now, the image is only visible within that rectangular space. You can move the image around, and it won't appear outside of this space. You can even resize the rectangle too!
Repeat Steps 8 and 9 for your second image. Note that you don't have to exclusively use the Rectangle Tool either—you could use any shape of your choice.
Curious about the possibilities here? Check out how this concept looks when we do it with abstract shapes. Pretty cool, right?
Finally, make sure to save your work by going to File > Save.
If you save your work as a PSD file, you'll be able to adjust your images and preserve your layers. If you save as a "flattened" image file, like a JPG or PNG, you will lose this layer functionality. However, JPG and PNG would be more appropriate for sharing online.
Now You Know How to Put Images Side by Side in Photoshop!
There are lots of ways to work in Photoshop, put two images side by side, and create something awesome. Whether you're just viewing multiple documents at once or looking to put two images in one design, you have plenty of choices. Now that you know a couple of handy techniques, what will you create?
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