Multiple Exposure in Photoshop

Awhile back I gave step by step instructions on how to create a single image “multiple exposure” look in Photoshop. I set this up as an action so I could easily re-create the “multiple exposure” look anytime I wanted using different images. Actions are very easy to set up and they really do help to automate your workflow. I decided to create an action set with 3 different looks that replicate the look of my in-camera multiple exposure effects that I create with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera to use for images that I already have in my files. To create the look of a multiple exposure with a single image this is what you need to do: Bring your image into Photoshop and create 5 duplicate layers. Then reduce the opacity of each layer by 10% increments starting from Layer 1 then go upward to the last image ( example -layer 1 opacity set to 80%, layer 2 opacity set to 70%, layer 3 opacity set to 60% …) . On each layer you will want to use the Transform Tool(Ctrl T) and turn each layer slightly in the same direction so that you create a turning effect with your layers. You will need to trim the edges of your finished image so start with an uncropped version or loose crop. I sometimes use a layer mask on each of the layers to reveal a bit of detail randomly throughout the image and in the center.

I added a round of Fractalius to the very top image along with a glow and a border using onOne Perfect Effects 4.

Image © 2013/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Texture Overlay and Border applied


Image © 2013/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Fractalius and stem added
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15 Responses

  1. Mary White says:

    Denise – I have subscribed to your blog for awhile now, and AM I GLAD! What beautiful images and creativity! You are so talented and smart, Denise, as well as dedicated. Every time I read one of your blogs, I am inspired all over again to do more, and reminded of the infinitely creative possibilities of both photography and art. I hope you realize how your sharing affects others, and refreshes our spirits. THANK YOU a thousand times over.

  2. denise says:

    Hi Folks, thank you all so much for taking the time to comment, I really do appreciate it!

    Mary, I appreciate your kind words, they mean a lot 🙂

  3. Susan Dimock says:

    Denise, These images are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. I keep meaning to try multiple exposures and now I will do it soon! So generous!

  4. LensScaper says:

    Great mini tutorial, Denise. Transform seems to be a tool that I seldom hear about but I find it very useful. Final image in the post is a gem.

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