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I had intended to continue my River Thames project last Friday, but the weather was against me. So instead, today I have a little trick in Adobe Photoshop to show you, capturing 5 slices of time in a single image. You will learn to do this with the use layers and layer masks in Adobe Photoshop. While not the most exiting image, I think it demonstrates what can be achieved and serves as a great introduction to layers and masks for the unfamiliar.  I am using the up to date version of Photoshop CC (as of 26th June 2017), but this will work on much earlier versions too.


If you look at the 5 images below you will see a sequence of shots taken about 2 or 3 seconds apart. The camera was setup on a tripod while I waited for something to happen in the scene. I plan to use this technique in future for something a little more exiting, something with some action, perhaps a sports scene of some description would look awesome.

Further down the page you find the finished image and a video showing how to edit this.  It’s easier than you think!

Sunshine Trolley x 5
5 shots taken 2 or 3 seconds apart

Finished Image

Sunshine Trolley
5 slices of time in a single image


Watch the video to see how to edit.  As a note, this is my first YouTube video and hope to make more soon. Here’s a direct link to the video on YouTube, where you can subscribe to my YouTube channel if you wish.

This barely touches the surface in the use of layers and masks and there is a world of useful things you can do, have a search on google and you’ll find a ton of information.

If you are new to all this, I hope I have helped out and inspired you to try something like this yourself.

Thanks for reading. 🙂