Jason Lachance

Multiple Me Project

Project Published 5/19/18 Last updated on 2/16/19

The multiple me project was created for the first year graphic design students. Its a great project for using multiple adobe applications and works for any of these courses Photography foundation, Photoshop foundation and InDesign Foundation. The student plan and execute a photoshoot of themselves or a model photographing themselves multiple times in one scene. The students need to pay attention to depth of field, focus and shoot in manual mode. The camera can not be moved once the first image of the background is shot. Then using a timer or a friend they take multiple shots of themselves in the scene in various poses and positions. The students tend to work this project much more when they use themselves as the model. I use this photo of myself dressed as the Village People playing poker to get the students inspired (all though none of them know who the village people are anymore so I might need to remake it soon).

Using Adobe Bridge or Lightroom they filter through and choose five images plus the image of the background. They need to pay attention to placement of the model/themselves in the various shots as to not overlap them. I start the project having the students sketch out 3 or 4 ideas on paper. We discuss their ideas in class and they choose a runner. Once they have their 6 shots they open them up in photoshop as layers either from Bridge or Lightroom. Using selection tools and Layer masks they paint in the multiple shots of themselves in the image. You can search how its done on Youtube. The students are then asked to create a booklet in InDesign with entrance reflections, sketches of ideas, sketch of runner idea, final PS image and exit reflection. I will include some examples of the booklets, final images and rubric. Super fun project for all ages.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Lightroom

    The cloud-based photo service for people who love photography.

  • Bridge

    Centralized desktop access for all your files and assets.

  • InDesign

    Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Communication and Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making

A DSLR Camera for best results but any camera that has manual mode would work.


Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop, Bridge/Lightroom and InDesign.

Depending on the idea they might need some props to support their ideas.

Most of all CREATIVITY.

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Todd Reynolds

Posted on 6/26/19 8:53:18 PM Permalink

​A most excellent project. Thanks for sharing. I've been trying to figure out some more exciting projects for my digital photo students.

William Cortez

Posted on 6/19/19 9:31:24 AM Permalink

This is an exciting and stimulating project. Thanks for the resource.​

Jennifer McDonald

Posted on 6/7/19 2:26:35 AM Permalink

​Love it! Definitely a great assignment I intend to try with my students in the future. Thanks for sharing!

Katarina Krivankova

Posted on 5/30/19 5:05:39 PM Permalink

Looks like fun project. I will try doing it in summer. Hope to use it next year. Thanks.​

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 3/20/19 2:59:28 PM Permalink

thanks for sharing ​

Shelby McNutt

Posted on 3/7/19 1:33:10 PM Permalink

I do a version of this project with my Advanced Photography students. I call this the 'Multiplicity Project' after the movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton. The students really love completing this project and I have a hard time getting them to move onto the next photograph project because they keep coming up with more ideas.​

Shannon Hallmark

Posted on 1/27/19 11:23:33 PM Permalink

​Great idea

Ray Cooper

Posted on 1/21/19 4:57:55 PM Permalink

​Neat idea!

Grow Weed Easy 101

Posted on 12/16/18 4:05:39 PM Permalink

​Thanks for this

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 12/3/18 3:17:53 AM Permalink

​WOW, this is so cool!!!!!!!

Laura Padgett

Posted on 10/4/18 11:09:05 AM Permalink

Thanks for this. How long did you actually work on this project in terms of classes or weeks?



Jason Lachance

Posted on 10/5/18 2:44:42 AM Permalink

Hi Laura,

8 class hours which works out to 2 days at my school and then the students have a week to complete the project on their own time. I introduce the project on day one and gear up to go get some practise files to work on. We break into pairs and shoot 3 shots of their partner within the same scene. We spend about an hour shooting and while we shoot I discuss composition with them. Once back in the classroom I demo the photoshop techniques used to make the multiple me project. This gives the students the chance run through the project steps using the photos from that day. Their homework is to create a project proposal with three ideas for their projects and create supporting hand sketches to backup their ideas.

Day 2 As a group we spend the morning reviewing and discussing/critiquing their ideas and they choose their runner. We discuss various restraints like time, props, location etc. We discuss how we are going to approach the projects and I go over camera settings and important composition rules for the project. We discuss everything from focus to how to set the camera on a timer or use a friend to take the pic. The project is due the following week.

Sylvan Adams

Posted on 10/3/18 2:38:42 AM Permalink

​Thank you so much!

Rana Fakhry

Posted on 9/20/18 11:37:24 PM Permalink

​This is awesome! Can't wait to see what my students do with this.

Thanks for sharing.

Eric Labonté

Posted on 9/20/18 6:16:23 PM Permalink

​Love this idea!! Very well organised and presented. Nice to see the student examples too.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/20/18 2:53:07 PM Permalink

Excellent! Thank you​


Posted on 9/20/18 1:41:44 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing. I teach Digital Media in high school and the students are really excited. They have done exceptional jobs with all the assignments I have given. I cannot wait to see what they do with this.

Aileen McGinnity

Posted on 9/20/18 12:13:34 PM Permalink

​This is awesome. Thank you for sharing. I teach Graphic Design in high school and am always looking for new fun projects. The kids will love this one!


Posted on 9/20/18 11:18:56 AM Permalink

​Thanks a lot Jason, it works so well to make the students applying their skills in different application as a whole.

Shannon Bourne

Posted on 8/1/18 2:18:49 PM Permalink

​Great project, Jason. Thanks so much for sharing. I teach Introductory Graphic Design at the college level and am always looking for projects that help my students jump into using several of the applications in a creative way. This will be a lot of fun to do at the beginning of the semester. Thanks so much.

Adobe Education

Posted on 5/24/18 4:08:59 PM Permalink

Awesome project Jason - well thought out and lots of great examples (love the Village People one!) and resources to go with the project. This will be so easy for other educators to use in their classrooms.

Thanks for sharing!!