5 Best Ways to Add a Picture to a Picture [2024]

With Movavi Photo Editor, it's easy to insert one image into another:

1. Download Movavi Photo Editor.

2. Add the first image to the program.

3. Erase the background using photo editor's AI tool.

4. Add a new background.

By clicking the download button, you're downloading a trial version of the program.*

Edited by Ben Jacklin
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Not sure of how to add a picture to a picture? We’ve got you covered! Read on to learn the best ways to insert your image.

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How to paste a picture on another picture with Movavi Photo Editor

Placing a picture in a picture is very easy in Movavi Photo Editor. Here’s how to paste a picture on another picture.

Step 1. Add your image to the program

Click on Add image and locate the photo you want to use as the main image or background.

Step 2. Add a picture to a picture

Open the Picture in Picture tab, hit the Paste an Image button, and locate a photo you want to overlay.

Drag the picture to the desired position and change its size if needed. You can also change the transparency, make round corners, and adjust the outline width by using the corresponding sliders. Hit the Apply button to save changes.

Step 3. Edit your picture (optional)

There are lots of editing options available in Movavi Photo Editor: you can use AI tools to adjust and enhance your picture, crop it, apply creative filters and captions. Browse through tabs in the main program window to find more features.

Step 4. Save your image

To save the photo, click Save, choose the appropriate image format, and click Save.

How to add a photo to another photo on an iPhone

If you want to know how to add a photo to another photo on an iPhone, you’ll need to find an appropriate app: the standard Photos app doesn’t have that feature. The best search term to use in the App Store is “collage,” and one of the best such apps is PicCollage: in addition to combining images, you can draw on them, cut out bits or backgrounds and add stickers.

Here’s how to add an image to an image in PicCollage.

Step 1. Download the app

Install and open the app and choose Grids.

PicCollage on the App Store

Step 2. Upload your photos to the app

Your iPhone will ask if you want the app to access your photo library. You do. 

You should now see your photos. Tap the ones you want to combine. The app tells you in the top right how many images you’ve selected so far. Tap on it when you’ve selected the ones you want.

Step 3. Adjust your images

Your images will now appear in a grid. You can adjust the sizes of the images by dragging them with your fingers.

Step 4. Save and share the result

Tap on Done when you’re finished, and then save or share the new collage.

How to add an image to an image on Android devices

Android has the same issue as the iPhone: the default photos app is for editing individual images, not combining multiple ones. That means it’s time for a trip to the Play Store, which is absolutely packed with apps that enable you to add an image to a photo. Our favorite is PicCollage, which you’ll find on the Google Play Store.

Here’s how to copy and paste a picture onto another picture in PicCollage for Android.

Step 1. Download PicCollage

Get the app from the Play Store, open it and select Grids.

PicCollage on Google Play

Step 2. Upload your photos

Tap the images you want to use. You’ll see a running total in the top right telling you how many images you’ve selected. When you’ve chosen them all, tap on that total to continue.

Step 3. Adjust image sizes

The app will now display your chosen images in a grid. You can adjust image sizes by dragging with your fingers.

Step 4. Save and share your collage

Tap Done when you’re ready to save or share your masterpiece.

How to add an image to a photo online

Kapwing is a web-based editing tool for creative content production. Users can upload, edit, and share files with team members all on a centralized platform. Kapwing offers AI tools and templates to automate routine tasks and gives teams the ability to provide direct feedback for enhanced collaboration​. 

The platform is perfect for casual creatives like game-streamers, musicians, YouTube creators, meme creators, and business owners. It’s a solid solution for anyone in need of an easy way to produce quality social content.

To insert a picture into another picture using Kapwing follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to the Kapwing website

Navigate to Kapwing’s Collage Maker and click Edit image.

Go to Kapwing

Step 2. Upload your pictures

Choose between starting with a blank canvas or by uploading the background picture. Once your background image is uploaded, it will display on the Kapwing canvas, giving you a preview of what the output will look like. Next, upload the image you wish to overlay.

Step 3. Insert an image in an image

After importing the pictures, use the Forward and Backward buttons in the toolbar to adjust the layers.

Use the corner circles to resize the layer and drag it to the desired position on the screen. Use the Timeline to adjust how long and when the picture appears on the screen.

Step 4. Export the result

Once satisfied with the preview, click the Export Project button to download your picture. You can then publish it on social media or share the file with friends​.

How to insert an image in an image in Photoshop®

Photoshop® works differently from some other apps. In many apps, inserting a photo into another photo joins them together in a single image. In Photoshop®, though, when you insert a picture into a picture, it puts each image on a separate layer. That’s really useful because you can then do things to one layer without affecting the rest of the image, so for example, you might hide one layer while you’re working on another or apply filters or color adjustments to just part of your image. And with a Photoshop® feature called Smart Objects, you can edit the source image separately, and it’ll be automatically updated in any image that’s added to it.

Here’s how to add an image to an existing layer in Photoshop®.

Step 1. Add your pictures to the program

Open the destination image, which is the image you want to add a photo to, in Photoshop®.

Next, go to File > Place Embedded.

Use the file browser to locate the photo that you want to add to the existing image. Select it and then click Place.

Step 2. Adjust the photo

This will add your new image to the background, which was the photo you already had opened. Use the dragging points at the edge centers and corners to resize the image; drag it to move it around. You can now use the Layers inspector to move between the different layers of your image.

Step 3. Save your image

When you’re happy with the result, export your image.

Ways you can insert a picture into a picture


With five solid paths, you can add a photo on top of another and even cut an image and paste into another with ease. Use this technique to enhance your content and give life to visual tutorials, reactions, explanations, and more.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I make sure I get the best results when I add a photo to another photo?

One of the most important things to consider is the quality and color of your images: if you’re trying to make something that looks realistic, you don’t want to stick a really low-resolution image on a high-resolution one or put an object shot in daylight on a background where the sun is coming from a different direction or at a completely different time of day.

What can I do if my two photos don’t quite match?

Many image editors are designed to do all kinds of corrections, so for example, you can adjust the color balance, the brightness, and so on. If your image editor uses layers, different parts of your final image are kept on separate layers that can be adjusted independently. For example, you might want to make the object in the foreground brighter without also lightening the background.

In powerful editors, you also get all kinds of layer effects that change how the different layers in your image appear.

If your particular image editor doesn’t support layers, it’s really important that you get your color adjustments and effects sorted before you put one picture on top of a photo. If you don’t, you may find that you can only make global adjustments rather than adjustments to just part of the image.

How can I put two photos side by side?

The quickest way is to create a new image and then copy each photo individually. Not all apps can do that, though, so for example, Preview on the Mac doesn’t enable you to create a new image of a specific size. No problem: open one of your images, copy it and choose File > New From Clipboard. This creates a new copy of the file. Now, go to Tools > Adjust Size. Click on the icon of a padlock to unlock it and then double the width. Press Cmd + A to select everything and tap delete. You’ve now got a perfectly sized blank canvas that you can paste your images on. In a nice touch, Preview will display yellow rulers when your second image is in line with the first one. These rulers make it easier to snap to the perfect position.

I’ve put a photo in a photo, and I’ve changed my mind. Now what?

That depends on the app you’re using and when you changed your mind.

If you’re still in the app with the finished image open, just use the undo button (or Cmd + Z on a Mac; Ctrl + Z on a PC) a few times to undo your changes.

In an app that uses layers, your project file will retain all the different layer information so you can make as many changes as you want at any time. You can then re-export your edited image.

Not all editors have that feature, however. On your phone, that isn’t an issue because third-party apps save their collages as new images (and in the iPhone photos app, any edits you make there are non-destructive, too. Which means you can go back to the original any time). But on a computer, apps such as Preview on the Mac don’t save in a format that keeps the layers intact: once you’ve closed the image file, the changes are permanent.

Don’t worry, though; there’s a fix. One of our favorite Mac commands is Revert To Saved, which you can use to rewind time. Just open the image in Preview and choose Revert To. This gives you the option to revert to the last saved version or to browse all the previously saved versions of the file. The same command is available in other apps too.

What is the best app for adding a photo to a photo?

That really depends on what other features you want to have, such as intelligent background removal or AI-powered photo restoration: you won’t get them in an app designed to add a pic on a pic and put stickers on the top. Naturally, we’re going to recommend Movavi Photo Editor because it’s great, but there are lots of image editing apps out there, and the steps we’ve outlined above apply to many of them.

How do you overlay pictures on iPhone?

Here’s how to paste a photo on another photo on your iPhone:

  1. Download and open an app like Over or PicsArt from the App Store.
  2. Select the background image you want to use.
  3. Tap on the + or Add Photo option to overlay a second picture.
  4. Adjust the size and position of the overlaid picture as desired.
  5. Save or share the edited image directly from the app.

How do I insert a picture into another picture in Photopea?

To insert a photo into a photo, follow these steps:

  1. Open Photopea in your web browser.

Go to Photopea

  1. Go to File > Open, and select the background image.
  2. Go to File > Place, and select the picture you want to insert.
  3. Resize and position the inserted picture as desired.
  4. Click on the checkmark icon or hit Enter to apply changes.
  5. Go to File > Export As to save your edited image.

How can I insert a picture into another picture?

Follow the steps below to learn how to put a picture on another picture with Movavi Photo Editor:

  1. Download and install Movavi Photo Editor.
    Download Movavi Photo Editor for Windows
    Download Movavi Photo Editor for macOS
  2. Click on Add image to select the background image.
  3. Open the Picture in Picture tab, click Paste an Image, and select the picture you want to insert.
  4. Drag and resize the inserted picture to the desired position.
  5. Click Apply, then Save to save the edited image.

How can I combine two images?

Here’s how to edit a picture into another picture with Movavi Photo Editor:

  1. Download and install Movavi Photo Editor.
    Download Movavi Photo Editor for Windows
    Download Movavi Photo Editor for macOS
  2. Click Add image to select the first picture.
  3. Open the Picture in Picture tab, click Paste an Image, and select the second image.
  4. Drag and resize the second image to align it with the first.
  5. Click Apply, then Save to save the combined image.

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