Forum Question: Combine 2 Photos Using Preview On Mac

I would like to combine 2 jpg images using Preview on the Mac. I want them to appear as one image that can be used in a fullscreen(HD) project that I am working on in iMovie.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Combine 2 Photos Using Preview On Mac”

    9/5/13 @ 6:25 pm

    I touch on some of the basics of how to edit images in Preview in this video.
    So let’s assume that you mean you want to take two images and create a third image that shows both side-by-side.
    Start by opening both images in Preview. Then look at the first image, select all (Edit, Select All) and then Copy. Then select File, New from Clipboard.
    Now you have a new document that contains the first image. The next step is to change the size of the image to make room for the other one. So choose Tools, Adjust Size. Turn off Scale Proportionally. Then, increase the width and height as much as you need to fit the other image. For instance, if both images are 1000 by 1000, then change the size to 2000 by 1000 so both can fit.
    At this point, the current image has stretched to fit the space. Don’t worry about that, because you are going to cover it up. You still have the image in the buffer, so Paste to put it there, moving it with a drag so it is covering the left side.
    Now go to the second image, select all, copy, and return to the new document and paste. Then move that to cover the right side.
    Now File, Save and choose your image format, like PNG or JPG.

      9/5/13 @ 7:37 pm

      so are you opening both images in separate windows in preview? This is confusing me……

      You are correct in that I want to ‘stitch’ 2 images side by side. And I would like them to fill the entire screen if possible, as long as the images do not look too distorted.

      I have tried an iPhone app which does something similar, but when the image is viewed in my iMovie project, it has black borders around the image, and it looks out of place when the other images fill the entire screen.

        9/5/13 @ 7:39 pm

        Read my reply carefully. I am opening them both, each in their own window. Then I am creating a third document and bringing both into that document.

          9/5/13 @ 7:49 pm

          i did re-read it multiple times. I have both images opened in their own window, but when I select “new from clipboard’ it is opening a 3rd document with one of the previous images contained within it. I am not sure if the 3rd document is supposed to be a black preview window. Thanks for your help!

            9/5/13 @ 8:59 pm

            Right. The third window will contain the first picture. I wrote: “Now you have a new document that contains the first image.” Now continue from there…

    9/5/13 @ 7:37 pm

    Also, is there a standard size that would allow me to take two photos, combine them, and have them fill the entire screen with no black borders?

      9/5/13 @ 7:41 pm

      That would depend on the dimensions of your screen. An easy way to do it is to take a screenshot of your entire screen. That will be the perfect size. Use that as you third document in the steps above. Then paste the other two images inside that one, covering everything.

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