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How To Make Two Pictures Side By Side Using Free Gimp 2.6

Updated on March 21, 2011
Free gimp 2.6
Free gimp 2.6

Side By Side Picture Using Free Gimp


Want to learn how easy it is to take two pictures and make one picture side by side using free Gimp. Free Gimp 2.6 is a open source image manipulation program that is very simple and easy to use. With just a few hours of practice the novice user can manipulate photos just like the pros.

What I have created here is a video tutorial showing the steps in real time just how simple it is to take 2 photos and align them side by side to make one photo ans save it it your PC. This process really is a simple one. Using Gimp 2.6 I will show you in less than 5 minutes the steps to do this. Following the video I have written out the steps to read that complement the video caption.

Download Gimp 2.6

The first thing is to download the Gimp open source program at if you already haven't done so. ( or

Then open the program so that we can begin to follow step by step. If possible watch the video then read the steps to follow the video. 

Step 1

Click on the file tab in the upper left hand corner and create a new background and set the size desired. The size will be the total width of the 2 photos. In this example the photos are 225 x 225 so the width is 450 and the height is the same 225.

Step 2

Click file and scroll to "Open as Layers" and find the first image in your computer files to add.

Step 3

Click on the alignment tool in the Toolbox window. Make sure you click on the image and then go back to the toolbox and select the align left and center buttons.

Step 4

Click file and then scroll to "Open as Layers" and find the second image photo to add from the files on your PC.

Step 5

Click on the image go to the Toolbox window click the alignment tool and click the align right button and center button.

Step 6

Next click file and "Save as" and name the final photo with a file name and specify file type *important (.jpg .png .bmp) you must save the file type because the default file type is for opening the photo in the gimp program itself.

Last Step

Once you click save a new window will pop up so click export and then save in the next window and thats it the new photo is saved in the folder you specified.

Final Side By Side

Below is what the final photo or picture will look like side by side using free Gimp 2.6 to create a new image. Within a matter of a couple minutes you can create side by side photos for uplaoding to HubPages or personal blogs and websites.


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      Corky 3 years ago

      Thanks very much for this -- I spent a long time trying to work out how to do this, and I just couldn't understand the instructions in the manual. Your instructions are much clearer. Once you get that you have to open *as layers* it's a lot easier. I did that and then used the keyboard shortcut M to move the images about on the canvas, until I was happy with the result.

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      MGrossie 5 years ago

      Thank you, thank you!

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks wendy87 for your comment- photoscape is also a good program. I use that for making gif animated photos. I work with gimp the most.

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      i use free photoediting software photoscape, gimp is also good ....nice hub

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      WoodsmensPost 6 years ago from Arizona

      Kim Lynn yes Gimp is free I use it all the time for many photo enhancements or resizing. Once you learn it it can be fun to do amazing things with.. Thanks for reading WP

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      Kim Lynn 6 years ago

      Wow, I am amazed at what you can do on a computer. The best part is it's free. Great tutorial!