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Creating a double exposure image

Too busy to do any photography following the Easter school break, I created a double exposure image using Photoshop instead.

I don’t know about you, but I always find the week following a school holiday is incredibly busy. All sorts of admin tasks and household chores build up while my kids, Helen and Izzy, are at home. Once they’re back at school, I find myself playing catch up.

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Unable to get out the house and do any photography, I had some fun with creating this double exposure image with Photoshop.

That’s exactly what happened to me this week. With lots of wild flowers coming into bloom, I was hoping to get out and do some floral photography.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. Instead I had a go at creating another multiple exposure image using Photoshop. I recently published this photo on the blog which was a combination of several images. This time I kept it simple and simply created a double exposure image of two contrasting pictures.

Although simple to do, it was quite technical. I considered producing a tutorial but it would make for quite a long read so I shall simply leave you to enjoy the photograph on this occasion! The images I combined, however, can be found below.

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This is a photograph I took on the streets of Ottawa. It’s a bit dark and uninspiring as a stand alone picture so I was glad to be able to do something creative with it and create a double exposure image with another photograph.


As it’s the first time I’ve used this technique, I’m reasonable happy with the results. There are a couple of things I would like to improve about this image, but I learned quite a lot merging these images so it was worth it for the experience.

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Here is the other photograph I sued to create the multiple exposure picture. I can’t take credit for this one. It was taken by Winggo Tse and is available on Unsplash.

If you look at the photography category of my blog you’ll see I’m getting ever more adventurous with Photoshop. I’m always keen to improve my photo editing skills but I have so much more to learn. It’s great to be learning so much about editing photographs, but as we slide back into the school routine I hope to get out and use my camera more.

If you enjoy photography, you might like to follow this link to the Photalife blog. Darren, who runs the blog, hosts a monthly ‘linky’ where bloggers showcase their photography. It takes place on the last Sunday of the month, is called #MySundayPhoto and I have added this picture to it. It features some great photos and it’s a wonderful online community so is well worth a visit.

12 thoughts on “Creating a double exposure image”

    1. Thanks tara. It took a while to find images that worked. Givem more time I am sure I could have done better, but I think you can see what kind of week I’ve had!

    1. Oh Sarah, first week back, then a normal week, then a Bank Holiday week! I’m gonna have so much catching up to do! Glad you like the pic.

  1. How clever, it looks amazing. I love how you got the skyline going through the head so it looks like it’s vanishing. If you’d have done a tutorial I probably wouldn’t have been able to follow it. I just have difficulty with anything that’s not just a simple snap.
    #mysundayphoto

    1. Glad you feel it looks clever! People don’t say that about me very often! It was a fun experiment but if you aren’t use to using Photoshop, any tutorial would be a bit dull, truth be told.

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