You may be wondering what double exposure is exactly. Double exposure is the act of combining two photos into a single image, creating something even more impressive and artistic than the original version. It sounds complicated, but the process — also called multiple exposure — is actually pretty simple. Just add a photo, layer on another image, and play around with PicsArt’s handy tools to make magic.

Double Exposure Photography Made Easy

Double exposure portraits give plain selfies and close-ups completely new dimensions. As an example, with the Double Exposure effect, you can choose to add a photo of a skyline or a busy street over your portrait to give it a slick city vibe. There are no rules when it comes to double exposure photography, so experiment with your work. This form of photography has been around for quite some time, and has definitely gained traction among creative industries. You’ve most likely seen double exposure used on album covers, movie posters, and magazines. Start creating your own designs by following the tutorial down below.

How to Do Double Exposure

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    Upload a photo (or choose from our free-to-edit options), preferably a portrait of a person against a fairly neutral background to create the perfect Double Exposure effect
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    Select “Add Photo” to add a second image. To avoid too many contrasting colors, it’s preferable to choose a black-and-white picture
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    Adjust the size of your second image to fit it over your portrait. Reduce the opacity to make it semi-transparent
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    Experiment with different overlay modes to blend them in different ways and create the double exposure photography style
  • 5
    Download your work

You Can Also Try Color Exposure

If you want the Double Exposure effect with only one image, try PicsArt’s Color Exposure quick tool. Simply upload an image and let PicsArt do the magic. Once the Color Exposure effect is applied, you can choose from numerous color schemes that will liven up your image. You can adjust the opacity, brightness, saturation, and contrast of your image to reach your desired outcome.

How to Do Color Exposure

  • 1
    Upload a photo or choose one from our free-to-edit images.
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    Select a color scheme and apply it to your image.
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    Edit the opacity, brightness, saturation, and contrast of the second layer.
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    Adjust the positioning of the second layer.
  • 5
    Download your work.

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