Multiple Exposure


  • Multiple exposure photography is easy with the help of Photoshop
  • You MUST use a tripod in order for it to work
  • Editing is easier if your subjects don't overlap
  • See some examples from Flickr
  • Try doing a Google Image search for Multiplicity Photography

Some examples from the Internet for educational purposes:



  • You will be creating two multiple exposure images
  • Plan your shot first
  • There should be at least 5 of the same subjects
  • Good subjects include:
    • Sports
    • Snowboarding
    • Skateboarding
    • Pets
    • Different emotions
    • Different poses
    • Different clothing
  • Open the first image in Photoshop
  • Open the second image and copy/paste on top of the first image (Command-A,C,V)
  • Press Q to enter Quick Mask mode
  • Select the Brush tool (100% opacity / 100% flow / Black)
  • Set the brush size and use 100% hardness
  • Paint over the subject (paint will appear as red)
  • Press Q again to exit Quick Mask mode
  • Now you will see the selection - Press Delete on your keyboard
  • Use the eraser tool to fine-tune if there is overlap
  • Open the third image and repeat
  • Layer / Flatten Image when complete
  • Frame and Hand in


1) Correct Content

Do you have at least six merged images?  Do they overlap without looking fake?  Is the resulting image interesting?

2) Wow! Factor - 20 marks

There's more to this assignment than just technique.  This assignment takes planning and forethought in order to make something that's interesting and tells a story.

3) Professionalism

Professionalism is based on the attention paid to the accurate and careful presentation of the final project. Marks will be deducted from your skills/technical if your work is not submitted by the due date.

  • 2 images
  • image must be re-sized: longest side = 9.5 inches
  • image must be 180 dpi
  • image must be in maximum quality JPG format
  • Image must have a frame.
  • Add a title outside the frame: lower center
  • Add a date outside the frame: lower right
  • Add a your name outside the frame: lower left

Name your photo in the following way :

  • username_multi_exposure1.jpg

4) Journal Entry

Write a one-paragraph journal entry.  How did you decide what to shoot?  What difficulties did you encounter?  Do you like the result?