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PhotoScape is probably #1 ranked free photo editor. Although, it’s often recommended for basic pictures editing, PhotoScape hides lots of useful features for advanced image enhancement. Previously, we reviewed its solutions for changing photo background or make transparent background in PhotoScape, today we will explain how to place one image above another one or speaking more professionally “how to overlay two images” with the help of this application.

Before we go deeper to the step by step guide, let’s clarify why image overlaying technique might be necessary. Here are 3 quick answers why you might need to superimpose two pictures:

  • to protect photos with transparent watermarks or personal photo logos;
  • to change image background or cover/hide original background;
  • to add artistic effects like color distortion (for instance: old/grey/pink pics covers).

Surely, the list of purposes can be easily enlarged. So if you looking for a way to overlay images, PhotoScape can be your best help and money saver (instead of more complicated Adobe software).

How to Overlay Two Photos?

Let’s assume you have 2 usual PNG or JPEG photos to impose one picture on another.

How to overlay 2 pictures in PhotoScape

Here is what you should do to overlay two images:

  1. Download PhotoScape and open the “Editor” Tab;
  2. Open the folder with your 2 images using the left navigation menu;
  3. Choose an image you plan to place above and right-click it. Now select the option “Copy to Clipboard”;
  4. Choose the second image that serves as the basis. The image will be shown on the big picture editing area on the right. Now go to the bottom toolbar menu and click on the “Insert Photo” icon.
  5. Then select the option “Paste from Clipboard”. You will see that the first image is pasted over the second one.
  6. Soon a window will appear that enables you to play with opacity. This is the most important step because it let you adjust overlaying image transparency. So set the transparency level as you wish and proceed to image saving.
  7. The final step is image saving. The program let you replace original file or create a new one. I suggest making a new file as you might be not fully satisfied with the result.

I have to mention, you’d better try several times, before you become a PhotoScape guru. Don’t be afraid to play with opacity and image proportions. You can cancel all changes any time with the “Undo” button.

Tired of words? Go to our video tutorial “How to Overlay Two Images in PhotoScape” that you can watch below. Switch to full screen to see all the details!

Have questions about the guide? We are ready to help you!

How to Put a Picture on Top of Another Picture?

Does PhotoScape have layers? If we google this question, we find one of forums saying: “Photoscape does not support layers, meaning you can’t selectively edit just one part of your picture such as an object or the background.” Hm? Is it true or false? Let’s examine it. PhotoScape doesn’t have layers in traditional PhotoShop meaning. But unlike other simple graphics editors, it still empowers you to play with layers. Unfortunately, due to complicated software interface, only a few users know about this secret feature. One lucky YouTuber shared his finding in the video “How To Use Layers In Photoscape 3.7 (NOT Photoscape X)”. Let’s watch it together and learn more how to place a picture on top of another:

Does PhotoScape X Have Layers to Overlay Two Photos or Make Transparent Background?

PhotoScape X is a totally different pics editing software. Don’t mix it with original PhotoScape. In PhotoScape X, there are layers that help you to overlay one picture over another. We reviewed this new image editor! See our review to get latest PhotoScape X editing tricks and video tutorials.

PhotoScape reviewsLearn more image manipulation techniques using PhotoScape! Read PhotoScape Reviews:
PhotoScape Overview
How to Remove Photo Background
How to Use Screen Capture in PhotoScape


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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. sharon

    thanks so much — you made this so easy — the video really helped since I had no clue where the “insert photo” icon was or what it looked like
    I expect I will be back again

  2. Peter

    Thanks a million… really helped to overlay my profile pic to a mothers day image pic; thanks!

  3. Bobby

    finally I was able to find good solution from your content. Thx

    1. anna

      Hi Bobby,

      Thanks a lot for good words! Hope you managed to overlay your pictures in PhotoScape properly using our tutorial!

      Best regards,
      Anna, Photo Software & Design Blog team

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