I’ll admit – I don’t know Photoshop at all. If I ever edit my images, it’s in Lightroom.
With that said, this was insanely easy to do. So if you have Photoshop, this might be your best option.
Another bonus with this avenue is that it’s very easy to combine medium format with 35mm – you just need to resize in Photoshop when you place the images.
Import one of the images into Photoshop that you want to use for your double exposure.
Click File>Place Embedded, and find the second image you want to use for your double exposure.
At this point, the bottom layer on your Photoshop file with be your first image, and the second layer will be your second image.
Click on the second image and change the opacity. I’ve found that somewhere in the 50% range is a happy spot. But that’s up to you as the artist. It depends on how prominent you want that second image to be.
Click File>Export, and export as you normally would.
As if this little project isn’t already creative enough, you can make it more so…
Try using an in-camera double exposure mixed with an additional photo to create a triple exposure image.
Have fun with a photo of clouds or a tree. You can even combine film soup images for some really fun results.
Making it Special
Lately, I’ve been going through and scanning old family negatives. Moments from way before I was even born. It’s been a really fun project to do during quarantine.
My Nana – one of my favorite humans and best friend – is thankfully featured in so many of these. She passed away in 2018, so these photos are extra special.
So I thought it would be neat to combine some of these historic family photos with photos I’ve taken of my daughter.
The results are different, but very special.
With this new trick, you can create double exposures that you never had a chance to photograph in camera – combine generations old photos with current photos. How fun is that?