A little update:
So heres what my two panels look like (minus my the scaling difference) http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5541/problemzf.png
jpanel1 has the character & info. I want to take jpanel2 (which draws the map) and display it behind jpanel1 so the character can run around on top of the picture.
Originally I tried making it so jpanel1 doesn't draw a background
with setOpaque(false); and then in the frame calling them in order of appearance ie:
jPanel2 p2 = new jPanel2();
jPanel1 p1 = new jPanel1();
but that didn't work.
I'm very lost. I don't have a lot of experience with GUI's.
please keep in mind that jPanel2 is a tileset, so its not as easy as just trying to drop it into the jpanel1 paint() method
Thanks for your help!
by PhiberOptik: Fixing some spelling errors xD