How to Merge Two Images With Microsoft Photo Editor


Microsoft Office 97 comes with an image editor called Microsoft Photo Editor. The program doesn't have brushes or image-creation tools, but it does enable users to edit, crop, enhance and combine existing photographs. One common editing task is merging two or more images into a single photograph. Photo Editor can do that. Microsoft doesn't support the program, but websites still make it available as a free download. If you need to perform simple image-editing tasks, try using Microsoft Photo Editor.

  • Download and install Microsoft Photo Editor (see Resources).

  • Open the program and click "File" > "Open" to display the File Selection dialog.

  • Select an image from your hard drive and click "Open." The image will appear in the work area in the center of the screen.

  • Click "File" > "Open" and select another file from your hard drive. This image will replace the image in the work area.

  • Click "Image" and then "Resize." The Resize dialog box will open. Enter new height and width dimensions for the image if you need to resize it. Make it smaller if it is larger than the first image.

  • Press "Ctrl" + "A" to select the image, and press "Ctrl" + "C" to copy it to the Windows clipboard.

  • Click "Window" and select the first image. It will reopen in the work area.

  • Press "Ctrl" + "V." This will paste the second image in the same work area.

  • Drag this image to an appropriate location on top of the first one. For example, if you are creating a photo montage, drag the second image to the bottom-right corner of the first image.

  • Press "Ctrl" + "S" to open the Save dialog box. Enter a filename and click "Save." The program will combine the two files and create a composite image.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply filters and special effects as needed to the two images before combining them. Click the "Zoom" button at the top of the screen to adjust the size of the viewing area.

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