Superimpose is an incredibly useful and powerful iPhoneography app for isolating (masking) images and building up a library of elements you can use either repeatedly in the same image or in different images. I used Superimpose to create my image ‘Violin Girl (Surreal version)’.

iPhone photography apps used:

iPhoneography - Violin Girl (surreal)

{ violin girl ~ surreal }


It takes a little practice and playing to understand how Superimpose works but hopefully this video with commentary will help demystify what is actually a fairly simple but not always quick iPhoneography app to use. The nature of masking does mean that patience is required – especially if the element being masked is not well defined. In this case masking was restricted to pre-defined shapes and so the powerful selection tools made for quick work.

Superimpose ~ Layers, masking and blending:

Note: this video was recorded from the iPad version of Superimpose due to the limitations I have capturing the screen of iPhone4. Functionality is the same but some screens may appear slightly different. A text version of the process is outlined below the video together with iPhone screen grabs.


Note: Since creating the video I have migrated my blog from to


Screenshots of the iPhone layout of the 4 Menu screens and the options I used on each screen during the video tutorial:

Note – these screenshots can be viewed slightly larger if necessary by clicking on them:

Superimpose Home ~ Actions:

  1. open image library,
  2. save or export completed image,
  3. import a saved mask,
  4. save current mask to library.

Superimpose Transform ~ Actions:

  1. apply completed foreground to background,
  2. cog to select blend method and transparency level.

Superimpose Masks ~ Actions:

  1. invert – initially masking the area I wanted to use and then inverting the mask,
  2. blur – blur the edges of the mask,
  3. cog to pick masking selection tool – I used ellipse and linear tools,

Superimpose Filter ~ Actions:

  1. blur inside the mask,
  2. adjust exposure, brightness and contrast,
  3. adjust hue and saturation.


In addition to Superimpose I also used:

Initial Image:

iphoneography - initial image

MarbleCam: ~ generate the marbles:

iphoneography - marblecam

LensLight: ~ ‘Bright Sun’ on each marble and ‘Cloud Rays 2’ effect:

iphoneography - lenslight


iPhoneography - autumn walk

Screengrabs with further explanation of other Superimpose functions are available in my earlier Superimpose video blog post autumn walk.


I am delighted that my iPhoneography article ‘iPhoneography workflow { violin girl surreal }’ has been republished by The App Whisperer:

View this iPhoneography workflow at The App Whisperer.

We’re delighted to publish this fabulous tutorial by Paul Brown. In this tutorial Paul takes us through the steps to fully ultise Superimpose to help you create fabulous mobile images. We have published several of Paul Brown’s workflows recently. Please take a look at our Paul Brown archive here. Over to you Paul

Joanne Carter


I hope you enjoyed my iPhone photography workflow on surreal iPhone photography. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you again.



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