Windows 10: Combining .png Files

  1.    21 Oct 2015 #1

    Combining .png Files

    I collect postcards. I have a scan of the front of a postcard and a scan of the back and want to know if I can combine them in one file on my computer

    Is this possible.

    I am using a Brother MFC-J4510DW scanner/printer

    Thanks in advance
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       21 Oct 2015 #2

    Yes just create a new folder and name it Post Cards , then move all of your .PNG's to it.
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       21 Oct 2015 #3

    Just for grins I copied 2 png files to an output file using the command line copy.

    When loaded it just shows the first png file. What you could do to group them together is name them both the same with _A.png and _B.png extensions. When sorted by name in details view then at least the front should be first and the back second for each pair.

    Other than that you could embed them in some container file like a word doc or a pdf file. But I don't know if that gives any advantage.
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  4.    21 Oct 2015 #4

    Just to cover the options not already mentioned, you could combine them into a single image in pretty much any graphics application that supports PNG and save that as a new file. For example, in PaintShop Pro you'd open both files, change the canvas of one so that it will be large enough to fit both images, then copy and paste the other into that empty space and save as a new image.

    You could also explore other formats that explicitly deal with multiple images, such as CBR/CBZ. Those invariably require third-party software to view so may not be ideal for your purposes, but CBR/CBZ does have the advantage of being basically just a regular compressed archive so your original files are unaltered.
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  5.    21 Oct 2015 #5

    Thank you all for your help.

    I now scan both pictures and then copy them onto a word document. This means both pictures are on one page and it enables me to put a title and details at the top.

    Thank you all for your help
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       21 Oct 2015 #6

    You are welcome. I am glad the responses were helpful. :)
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  7.    21 Oct 2015 #7

    Get Irfanview or XnView and use another format for storing bitmaps. I recommend TIF or even PDF. You can create those with either both of them. You can even create a panorama image with Irfanview and save it as a single PNG. You can create panoramas (images "stitched" together both horizontally and vertically). Just give it a try -> IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide
    XnView Software · Software for reading, organizing and processing images -> They are both freeware and they do not contain any bundled crap (for Irfanview you can OPT OUT inside the installation).
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       21 Oct 2015 #8

    Plus XnView has a batch capability.
    IrfanView has a variety of command line options to do quite a lot of stuff in batch mode too.
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