We recently featured photographer Jasper James and his multiple exposure portrait series, and it’s drawn interest from some of our readers in regards to knowing more about how to create these unique photos. So we’ve done a little research and put together a list of useful Adobe Photoshop tutorials and tips for creating a double exposure photograph.

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Double Exposure Photoshop Tutorials

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Tuts+ – Make a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop
We might as well start with the best tutorial that we found. This recently published blog post by Tuts+ is extremely detailed and walks through the process step by step, including images of the Photoshop actions, directions that are easy to follow, and a great photo example to compare your own work with. You should also check out the comments by the readers as they feature many of the readers own work they’ve done using the tutorial.

Spoon Graphics – Double Exposure Effect Photoshop Tutorial (video)
An excellent 5 minute video by the popular design blog Spoon Graphics on how to create the surreal double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop. In case you prefer an article, here is the link to the blog post.

Digital Camera World – Double exposure portraits: a simple tutorial for making surrealist images
This tutorial uses quick and easy blend mode effects to create striking, dream-like pictures.

photoshopstar – Create a Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop
This tutorial for beginners is simple and to the point. From start to finish it should take around 15 minutes. The images used in the post are also provided for free to readers. This makes following along a little easier as you can compare your results with the exact photos used in the article.

123RF – (Winter Theme) How To Create A Double Exposure Effect
Another simple double exposure tutorial with a winter themed image.


Jasper James
China based photographer working in Shanghai with an impressive client list and portofio, including a series of stunning double exposure portraits.

Forefathers Group – Double Exposures
In-house double exposure print designs. Photography by Aaron Marsh.

Hongkiat – Double Exposure Photography: 50+ Examples and Tutorials
An extensive list of impressive images and some great tutorials for you to be inspired by.

Flickr – Double Exposure Group
An active community portfolio of over 100,000 photos to browse and find plenty multiple exposure inspiration.

Francesco Mugnai – Photo Inspiration: 20+ of the best double exposure portraits I’ve ever seen
This blog post from a few years ago features really impressive double exposure shots by some very talented photographers.

Appcrawlr – 50+ Best Free Apps for Double Exposure (iPhone/iPad)
If you really love taking pictures with your mobile device, check out this list of apps that give you the ability to take and edit double exposure shots from your iPhone and iPad. There is also a search option to find apps for Android.