How to Combine Two Pictures in MS Paint [Easy Guide]

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Microsoft paint is the one software tool which I know from my childhood. It is the only tool with which I am 100% comfortable, and I’m sure that I am not the only one who feels this way. I have personally used MS paint a lot more times than any other photo editors out there, even though it is not meant for editing photos for your blog! Thus, you must know how to Combine Two Pictures.

Pretty much all of us have used MS paint to draw some random crap and then giggled over it. I know I have! But like I said before, you can use it to edit photos too easily. You can do things like making a micro-collage of screenshots to create a convenient copy chit for the exam (yup, done it!), or just join together a bunch of photos as a memories wall. So in this article, we will go over how you can do some cool things with MS paint, like merge two pictures together.

Why should you consider using Paint?

Well, for starters, it is as comfortable as binge-watching your favourite shows all night long. One never realize it until it’s over! One just fire up paint on their PC and that’s it. You are greeted directly with the canvas where you can let your imagination fly. You may not be aware of this, but many content creators use paint to get things done in a fast and easy manner.

One of my all-time favourite YouTuber called GradeAunderA uses nothing but MS paint in all of his animated videos. Sure, they won’t win any graphics awards anytime soon, but that’s not the point. He has over 3.2 million subscribers, and he’s still using paint for his video animations.

You see? MS paint is not just about being only used for kids’ drawings; it is about the convenience and the overall ease of use. So if you think that it’s childish to rely on MS paint to do your “professional” editing for a WhatsApp profile pic, it’s not. You should consider using it for making some colleges and other basic things such as combine two pictures and I can almost guarantee you won’t have to look elsewhere.

How to combine two pictures in the paint?

Alright then! Here are the simple steps by following which you can combine two pictures into the same frame, and save it as a single image file.

  • Open MS paint from the start menu, or by searching for it from the Windows search bar. Just type Paint, and it should pop up among the top results.
MS Paint
MS Paint
  • In the paint window, click on the File->Open. Select one of the images that you want to join. Alternatively, you can just right click on the image that you want and select open with->paint.
  • Now, if the canvas (the white background) is not big enough, take your mouse pointer to the bottom right corner to where you see small white squares. Click and drag the square to increase the canvas size and make room for the next photo to enter.
  • Now, paste the second image by selecting paste option in the Home tab. On clicking Paste from the option, you will get a pop-up window, from where you can choose the second image that you use to combine images.
Paste the second image
Paste the second image
  • An alternative to this, you can just drag and drop the second image to combine photos to the canvas from its location, or copy it from there using Ctrl+C and press Ctrl+V on the canvas. Whichever one makes you look cooler in front of your family, follow it.
  • You can now begin to adjust borders of your two images on the canvas. Click on each one, and you will see the same tiny white squares appear on 8 points of the image’s border. Click on any one side and drag it to resize it as you wish.

Alternative Method

  • If you want to crop or take cut outs from the second image and add it to the canvas, you can do so by selecting the whole picture and then, accessing the drop-down menu under the Select tab. You can also crop and rotate it using the options right next to the select tab.
  • An alternative to the above step, if you find it confusing to use the (insanely straightforward) crop and rotate options, you can do everything manually by just using the select option.
  • To crop the image, just select the part of the image that you want to crop and drag it aside using your mouse. It will come out as a separate part of the picture out of which it was selected from.
  • Now you can simply choose the remaining part of the picture and press the delete button from your keyboard.
  • To rotate the image, click on it so that you see a border around it again. Now just right click on it and you will see the rotate option right there. You can rotate it in various degrees, and you can also flip the image vertically or horizontally.
  • The flip option is useful I imagine, if the person you cropped out of is leaning the wrong way, and you want them to lean towards the first picture, which probably is you. (I won’t say anything more than that!) Hope, now you’re able to combine two pictures easily.

See also: – How to Make Background Transparent in Paint.NET – TechWhoop

See also: – How to Copy and Paste Animated GIFs [Easy Guide]

But beware!

All is not well with paint, and it does have some issue in dealing with high-resolution images. One of the things I found recently was that if you resize an image from its original larger size down to a smaller size, its fine. But it does not restore to full clarity when you stretch it back to its earlier size again.

I imagine it is because of the way MS Paint treats these files. When you resize a high-resolution pic to a smaller size. The resolution obviously changes and so does the effective PPI of the image.

So, to avoid creating a huge file upon saving, MS paint recalculates the image pixel density to match its new size which you set yourself. So necessarily, it is now a lower resolution version of itself. Obviously, if you try to stretch a lower resolution image, it will not have enough details to still be sharp and crispy upon zooming. I am not sure about this, but this is my theory, anyway.

Final Words

That said, MS Paint is still an excellent choice for merging decently sized photos. Like smartphone camera shots, which are only a couple of megabytes at most. Using the above steps you can use it as a photo joiner to combine two pictures or even more than two on a single canvas.

Just be careful when you shrink them down. Because they may not be the same quality if you decide to zoom the same copy back up. I suggest just delete that image and paste another copy from the source again. Assuming that you did not cut it from there. Enjoy putting photos together on MS Paint. You can always use other photo combiner apps too for easier use. Cheers.

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