Make an Artistic Double Exposure Silhouette with Pixlr Editor

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Double exposure photos are cool. In the days of 35-mm film, these magical-looking images were one of the neatest tricks a photographer could pull off. It wasn’t easy, though. It took a lot of forethought and planning and trial and error in the darkroom to get these otherworldly, surreal photos to line up to perfection.

These days it’s relatively easy to create a double exposure image. But it still takes some skill and a bit of an artistic eye to create a superior one. Luckily, all of us have an artistic eye. We just have to focus it and spend a little time on our work. Double luckily: We all have access to free tools like Pixlr Editor.

Just because you can place two images together doesn’t mean they’ll look awesome as a double exposure. In general, you’ll see the most success if your “main photo” is a full silhouette, a near silhouette, or an underexposed portrait. You can go digging one up on the Internet or you can take a portrait you may already have and underexpose it or darken it in various ways. Open your silhouette image in Pixlr Editor. This will be your main image.
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Step 1: Add a secondary image to your silhouette photo

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Open your secondary image in Pixlr Editor. (You may want to resize it so it is about the same size as the main image.) Choose “Select all” and then “Copy” from the Edit menu. Paste this secondary image into the main image. You now have one canvas with two layers. Unlock the background layer by double clicking on the lock icon. You will need to be able to edit and/or move around both layers during this process.

Tip: For your secondary image, a nature-oriented photo or one with a pattern should work well. Some great images to try include trees or tree limbs, flowers or foliage, cityscapes, and cloudy skies.
Jan_Henrik10 months ago

Very cool photos!

supereric (author)  Jan_Henrik10 months ago
Thank you! If you make something like this please let me know I'd love to see what it is.

I will :)

Raphango1 year ago
Pretty cool man! =D
I also use Pixlr Editor and I thinks its a very good app.
Thanks for the instructable! Gonna try it sometime!
This is my first experiment using your instructable. It's quite easy to do, but with great effects. On the photo below, I used the layer setting "Overlay" blend, that, in the case of the two photos, I found more adequate.

Thank you again!
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supereric (author)  Raphango1 year ago
Wonderful! Love the results. Thanks for trying this out, and yeah the overlay is a great choice.