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. Certain sections below may apply to your project.
You should resist the temptation to overlap elements in Report Designer. While the output may seem appropriate in the Preview window and in some kinds of report output, the HTML and Excel output formats will have unusual problems.