Overlay up to 3 separate photos


We know the E-M5 can do multiple exposures But that is taking 2 or more photos in sequence. And you can’t adjust the opacity.

But, if you have photo’s that you want to “Blend” or make one photo from many (up to 3), you have to use the “Overlay” in playback mode.  You are given the option to adjust the amount of overlay opacity. which is something you cant do with multiple exposures. These can be from any photos on your memory card. So, you make a multiple exposure from any 3 photos.

This is an easy workflow too.

  • Take your photos as normal
  • When you are viewing them in playback mode, press the OK button
  • You will see a bunch of options, pick “Overlay”
  • Choose between “2 images” and “3 images”
  • Choose your images
  • Change the opacity for each if you like
  • Push OK to make the final image
  • Your originals images are not changed. A new image is made instead.

17 thoughts on “Overlay up to 3 separate photos”

  1. HI, would just like to ask…where is the overlay option on the camera? Would you mind posting a picture? would help very much.

  2. Hello. I would like to take this one step further. I would like to up load an old image, have it LCD and use it as a guide then take another photo. Here is the scenario: I have a picture from 1870 of my town taken from a hill. I need to try to line up the landmarks of today with those in the 1870 picture in order to present a then and now style picture that I can overlay. Is this possible? I have the OMD EM1 and EP5

    1. You may need to use a double exposure…

      but, you need to take a photo of the old photo for either option…

      In double exposure mode, take a photo each scene, IE: the old photo, and the location that matches right after the old photo image.

      In overlay mode, you will need both images on the SD card. then pick them to overlay.

  3. Great solution thanks! By the way, do you think it would work to upload the original JPG scan onto the SD card rather than to take a picture of it?

  4. Not sure if this blog is still active, but, I have the new OMD em5 mkII. In multiple exposure mode, there is ALSO an “overlay” option. How do you use this and how is it different from the overlay in playback raw edit mode?? AB

  5. Not sure if this blog is still active, but, I have the new OMD em5 mkII. In multiple exposure mode, there is ALSO an “overlay” option. How do you use this and how is it different from the overlay in playback raw edit mode?? AB

  6. The overlay allows two separate images to be made a multiple exposure…. this mode (overlay) can use ANY 2 images on your card.
    The multiple exposure mode MUST use 2 images taken one after another. In the OVERLAY mode image A and image B is from any 2 images on the SD card.

    1. I really didn´t found the overlay option yet…
      I will be very glad if you kindly post a Picture of this option displayed on LCD or go further on aa step by step guide
      Thanks in advance

    2. Let´s see if i understood correctly:
      Set double exp. to “on”
      Take two shots
      Adjust exposure in advance

      But how to take three shots? And where is the overlay option?
      Thanks

  7. I mean
    The overlay option is at menu > Double exp. > 2
    There is the overlay option inside this menu but i can´t get it active

    B.T.W.
    Setting Double exp. > 2 shots > i end up with ghosts…

    1. Yes, double exposures will give you a ghost type looking picture otherwise it would not be a double exposure per se. What the camera does is half the exposure for each frame that you take then when you combine the two together you get a full exposure that’s how it works.

    1. Read the manual again on this option. You might need to have your camera either in manual mode or some other mode that is not the green mode. You know automatic everything where you can’t choose anything. I have no experience with your model so it might have changed a little bit from the original on the EM5.

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