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Sorry, newbie here... I've tried searching w/out any luck. I know in Photoshop you can take two layers and combine them to create a double exposure effect (for example, if you take a photo of the moon at night - all black sky, and combine it w/another picture of, say a building w/sky... the moon will appear as it would in a photographic double exposure (the black of the night sky not affecting the image w/the building at all, but the moon shows in the sky). It is done w/the layers modes, and is very simple.

I'm a photography student and do not own Photoshop but use it in the classroom. I'm trying to find ways to do some of my projects at home w/paint.net, and this one is an extra credit one so we don't have any class time to work on it.

TIA! I appreciate any help!

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Depends on what you are doing.

For your case, read the following tutorials should help...



And try different blending modes in Layer Properties


Or you can post sample images so we can help better


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I know I can cut the moon out and paste it on the other image... I was just hoping I could get the true double exposure feel to it that I get in Photoshop (it is also amazingly easy).

Oh... HAH! I got it! I don't know what I did wrong before. You go to the top layer and select layer, properties, then on the dropdown menu use SCREEN. Maybe I didn't try screen. I used a couple others that almost did it, but screen was the way to go.

OK, here is the moon picture I used... I placed the moon in the upper right corner of the pic because for the project I needed to try and make it as true as possible to what I would need to make a film double exposure.


Then I added a new layer with my building.


It does not seem to matter which layer is on top. Just make sure you have the top layer highlighted, then go up to the toolbar and select 'layer-properties' and in the box that opens, on the dropdown menu that says 'normal', select 'screen' and you're all set. It IS as easy as it was to do in Photoshop! Woo hoo! I'm geeked!


Thanks for being patient w/a newbie! I DID search through, but I didn't find anything that referenced 'double exposure' and this is exactly what to do. VERY easy and cool.

Here's another one same moon, same building, different time of day:



Notice how the moon changes just slightly... not as yellow, not as much contrast. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for.

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  • 7 years later...

Alright. I did some experimenting and i found this: first you have the first image you want as your background. Then add a layer and paste your second image. then move the second image over the first one. Then double click on the second layer tab on the right and change the blending option. Hope this helps. :D :)


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Topic is over seven years old. I think we can safely assume that this technique is obsolete.


If you wish to revive the topic please start a new thread. Thanks.

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