HOWTO | Cre­ate a lay­ered, mul­ti­ple-ex­po­sure ima ge

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1 Re­pair tool

We need a plain back­ground. This lovely pic­ture of the sea has a killer whale leap­ing un­in­vited into shot, but we can re­move the in­ter­loper us­ing the Re­pair tool, which can also re­move spots, dust, scratches and former po­lit­i­cal al­lies. You can change the brush’s size us­ing the slider at the top-left.

2 Brush it away

With a suit­able size of brush se­lected, paint over the un­wanted ob­ject. If it’s small, like a spot on a model’s face, use a quick dab with a brush the same size as the mark. We’ll have to paint out our whale with mul­ti­ple strokes us­ing a medium-sized brush. Go­ing over the edges is fine.

3 Stages of era­sure

The Re­pair tool looks at nearby pix­els to de­cide what to re­place the un­wanted ob­ject with. When re­mov­ing a large ob­ject, paint­ing in stages gave us a bet­ter re­sult than eras­ing in one go. With your de­sired re­sult, paint over any rem­nants with the Re­pair tool, blend­ing the re­pair in so it looks nat­u­ral.

4 Choose images

Pick two images to blend; one with a strong shape to it, the other some­thing softer. To se­lect this kite, we used Paint Se­lec­tion to draw over its back­ground. Pix­el­ma­tor smartly se­lected the right ar­eas – we in­verted this, then copied and pasted it onto our back­ground as a new layer.

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