Creating a Double Exposure Image in Photoshop

On this advanced video, Aaron Nace from Phlearn takes a look at how to create a beautiful double exposure image using Photoshop.

In the analog age, double exposure was done using a film camera by taking two different photos on the same piece of film creating what is known as a “double exposure effect”. In the digital age and using Photoshop we have the opion of doing the same thing but with a lot more control.

Nace starts by placing both images on the same canvas (making it larger). The next stage is to decide just how to combine both images (using opacity helps here) and the best option is using blending modes (Nace uses lighten). We highly recommend watching the video understanding blending modes in photoshop if you are unfamiliar with the subject).

We have already covered how create double exposure using Adobe Photoshop in the past (in a more basic tutorial) and you can also check out a short In-Camera Digital Double Exposure Tutorial.

 You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section (and you can find a lot more Phlearn videos on our special Phlearn subsection).

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


  1. Double exposure means making a couple exposure “in camera”. This technique is not double exposure. It would be better titled “layered image”. This is not a double exposure.

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