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Date: 4/13/08 12:16 PM

Here's a quick and easy way to create a composite photo which you can use to display all your creations in either your contest entries or on your reviews. This tutorial is for Microsoft Paint application which is standard on all windows computers.

Paint is an easy to use photo editing program that comes free on every PC. If you do not have other photo editing software, you can use Paint to create composite pictures. Paint can be opened from the Windows Accessories menu option.

Alternatively, you can navigate to a picture you want to edit and open it by right clicking the picture as shown here:


Once you have the picture open, enlarge the area outside the picture by positioning your mouse over a resize handle (small dots on edges of picture) and dragging.

In the illustration, I made the area wider.

You can also make it longer by repeating the process on a lower resize handle. This will give you space to paste in more pictures.



Now that you have a larger area to work with, open the second picture that you want to include in your composite.



Click on the select tool (box at upper right of tools on the sidebar).

Draw a box around the portion of the picture that you want to copy.

Then choose the Copy option from the Edit menu.



Now, return to the first picture, and choose Paste from the Edit Menu.

The second picture will be pasted right on top of the first picture

Using the move handles, use your mouse to drag the picture you just pasted. In this example, I have partially moved the red skirt.



In this example, I have completed the move of the second picture to form a simple two photo composite.


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Date: 4/13/08 4:44 PM

Thank you, Carolyn. One of these days, I'm going to learn how to do this.

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Date: 4/13/08 9:11 PM

Thank you so much for this. I have wondered how to do this. This has lasting value. Do you think this topic could be pinned?

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Date: 4/14/08 8:14 AM

Can't wait to try this. Now all I have to figure out is where do I find the "windows accessories"?

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Date: 4/14/08 10:22 AM

I'm not sure if you are kidding, but just in case.

Click on start, which will open a menu of items.
Choose all programs, if you are using windows XP. This will open another menu.
Toward the top (usually), there is a menu item called Accessories. Paint is usually listed in that menu.

Alternatively, you can do this.
Click on start.
There will be a menu item called run, choose this and type in the text box mspaint. Press enter or click on OK.

The text box is the white box, just click in it and delete anything already in it before typing mspaint.

If you are not using windows XP, these options should still work. HTH

Carolyn: Great tutorial.


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Date: 4/22/08 9:07 PM

CarolynGM thank you for the tutorial and

Linscee thank you for showing how to open the paint program in accessories.
I hope to try this info over the next month or (I don't know how long it will take me to catch on and do it right).
It would be great if some of these tutorials could be pinned topics .

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Date: 5/3/08 10:43 AM

Hi Carolyn,
Thanks sooooo much for this tutorial!! I'm creating a composite but when I opened my picture the photo is HUGE! Do I need to resize the photo first before I insert?

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Date: 5/3/08 10:48 AM

Yes, you need to resize all of your photos to the desired size before you start inserting them into the composite.

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Date: 5/3/08 10:51 AM

What would be a good size for composite use?
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Date: 5/3/08 12:44 PM

I resize most of my pictures to 640 x 480 pixels using HP Image Zone Plus before I put them in a composite. This size works well for two pictures. If you're putting several pictures in a composite, you might want to go even smaller. If you're not sure, you can always experiment with different sizes.

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