Photo Essay

Double expose your photos


It's a very simple technique that needs a lot of trial and error experiments. as what works for one photo might not work for another.

1- Shoot a photo

2- Shoot a texture, that could be a decaying wall, rusty door, leaves or any other texture you like

3- open both photos in photoshop

4- drag your texture above your photo pressing down your shift key.

5- change the blending modes of your texture, try all blending modes untill you reach a result that satisfy you.

6- do your final tweaking as changing to black and white or increasing lighting.

et viola

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22 responses

  • Martin E. Morris

    Martin E. Morris (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    A great technique simply explained.Your terriffic results show that everyone should try this effective technique.Voted!!!

  • Snezana Jovanovic

    Snezana Jovanovic said (21 Apr 2009):


  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    i like it ! V+, of course :)

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt said (21 Apr 2009):

    thanks ace for the explanation of a wonderful technique...

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2009):

    I voted yes. Excellent tutorial made easy!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (3 May 2009):

    Fantastic the results u have got here are amazing well done!!!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (15 May 2009):

    Beautiful photographs. Thanks for sharing. I'll give a go.

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (24 May 2009):


  • Thomas Berryhill

    Thomas Berryhill gave props (18 Jul 2009):

    I've done some experimenting with this, but they didn't come out nearly as cool as yours. Great work.

  • Ebla Maleh

    Ebla Maleh gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    voted! your work is inspiring...

  • Željko Jelenski

    Željko Jelenski said (26 Aug 2009):

    Yes, Great photos and story!!!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster   gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    WoW - this is Great.....thanks so much for teaching the technique. Love the photos - big "YEAH" :D

  • Eye Trigger

    Eye Trigger gave props (21 Sep 2009):

    very nice Seven Thanks! you maybe miss to indicate some density decrease between layer? maybe i'm wrong, tell me please if so! PS: you got my vote!

  • Renee Rocole

    Renee Rocole gave props (25 Oct 2009):


  • Antje Sommer

    Antje Sommer gave props (5 Nov 2009):

    thanks for these tipps. I once did a genuine double exposure with my analogue SLR, but results are very mixed and it is hard to get good light for portrait and texture in the same moment.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Nov 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    GREAT TIPS. Excellent photos.

  • Diane Bartlett

    Diane Bartlett gave props (21 Nov 2009):

    Thanks, I'm going to have a go.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    *voted* great easily explained there another program besides Photoshop that can be used this easily, for those who don't have that software? Would love to give this a try!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (26 Jul 2012):

    This is incredible. Wonderful work. Thanks for the instructions, too!

  • Dominique Sz

    Dominique Sz gave props (20 Nov 2012):

    super !!! my vote

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (20 Nov 2012):

    My vote!...Very nice work..And thanks for the topics!

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