Most report elements can easily be added by dragging and dropping them from the Palette or the Data pane to one of the layout bands. In some cases, there are a few extra details that you should know before you dive into report creation. See the sections below that apply to your project.
Though it may appear to be a good solution to some report design challenges, you should resist the temptation to overlap elements in Report Designer. While the output may seem agreeable in the Preview window and in some kinds of report output, the HTML and Excel output formats will have unusual problems.