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Multiplicity is a photography technique where several photos are taken of the same person doing different things in the chosen scene. All those photos are then digitally edited for instance, in Photoshop to show clones of the person doing different actions.

When the photo shoot is carefully planned, it is relatively easy to do the editing during post production. Personally, I feel that a tripod is great ally to bring Multiplicity alive. During the planning stage, it is worth thinking of conveying a message in the photograph so that the viewer will remember it in the head for a long time.


  • Photoshop
  • Layer Masking Skill


In order to get the photos for this tutorial, I went to Gladstone Park with one of my friends who agreed to model for the photo shoot. Before setting off to the park, I showed him the following picture by Miss Aniela and explained what I wanted to achieve from the photo shoot in order to mentally prepare my friend for what he needs to do.

Fig: Multiplicity in Action

After getting to the location, I observed the environment, took some test shots. Worked out the composition and then fitted my camera onto the tripod and framed the shot. I used one of the dry leaves as a marker and then carried out my shooting. Ok, enough talking, let’s get into action.

Step One

Let’s open up the following photos in Photoshop. I know how you can open up the pictures. Just in case, click on File > Open or press Ctrl + O for windows users and Cmd + O for Mac users.

Fig: Photo-1                                                                 Fig: Photo-2

Step Two

Let’s copy the Photo-2 into Photo-1 file. To do so, please go to Photo-2. Press Ctrl/ Cmd + A to select everything. And then press Ctrl/Cmd + C to copy the picture.

Now, please go back to Photo-1 and press Ctrl/Cmd + V to paste the picture. Now you’ll see that Photoshop has pasted the Photo-2 on a new layer as seen on the layer palate below.

Fig: Photoshop Layer Palette

Step Three

As my tripod was moved between those two photos, we’ll have to do a bit of photo alignment work. Let’s reduce the opacity of the layer for Photo 2 to 50% to get started on aligning the two photos.

Fig: reducing Layer opacity to 50%

Let’s focus on aligning the hands as displayed below as that is the major point of interaction between two photos. The better we can align, the more believable it will be to the viewers.

Fig: Aligning the hands

Step Four

Once you are happy with the alignment, we got to work on layer masking. To start with, please make sure you have selected the top layer and click on the button highlighted in red below. You’ll see the layer mask as seen below.

After doing some masking work, my layer mask looks like below as highlighted in the figure. (If you want to learn how to do layer masking, there are plenty of tutorials on the internet.)

Fig: Layer mask

Step Five

Let’s do Brightness/ Contrast adjustment. Please go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast

You’ll see the Brightness/ Contrast adjustment layer as per the below image. I’ve set the Brightness: 80 and Contrast: 30.

Fig: Brightness/ Contrast Adjustment


Here’s what the final output will look like.

Fig: Multiplicity Photography Technique

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Posted by Ganesh Baniya

I'm an MA graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University. I live in London and I am currently working as a full time web designer. When I'm not on computer designing or editing photo, I'm out and about taking photos of anythings that captures my interest. I run a website where I share most of my works.

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