A Step by Step Guides to Create Double Exposure Effect

//A Step by Step Guides to Create Double Exposure Effect

What is a Double Exposure Effect?

One of the fantastic ways of getting creative with your photography is a double exposure effect in which two different photos are taken in-camera (Many digital cameras allow you to simulate this effect in camera) on the same frame of film and then combine them. Bringing together two (or more photos) photos well creates a coherent image that can be dynamic, nostalgic, beautiful or unsettling – depending on what photos you use and how you combine them.

Double Exposure Effect

Step by Step Guides to Create Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

In just a few easy steps, here we will show you how to quickly and adequately create a double exposure effect using Photoshop software. The most challenging part will be the selection of two photos that are used for the composition.

Click on below Video: Double Exposure Effect Photoshop Tutorial

[1] Selection of Photo

Step 1

You can use any photo and here we will be using the photo of a young man. However, make sure that the background of the photo is more or less neutral, without any noisy elements to make it easier to work with.

Step 2

To make the photo brighter and to add contrast.

Go to Image > Adjustments Layer> Press Control-L to call the pop-up Levels menu. Move the lightest slider to the left side, making the photo brighter and add contrast by moving the left side black slider to the right side. Otherwise, just set the particular values in the below spaces: 7 for the shades of black, 197 for whites and 1.15 for greys. Click on the OK to apply the adjustments.

Step 3

Next, fix the man ear with the Spot Healing Brush Tool (I). Just click and move the mouse, drawing above the area you want to fix and—here is!—the marked area is clean and flawless. This is a handy tool for photo retouching to get rid of minor flaws and bumps on the skin.

Step 4

Now we need to get rid of the background area. This is a piece of cake, as we are using a photo with a clean background. Make use of the Magic Wand Tool (W, click on the background area to select it. Then go to Select > Inverse to make the man selected.

Step 5

You are armed with the Magic Wand Tool and to get the Refine Edge button in the control panel above the reveal the Refine Edge options window. View modes use to change the view of the photo, setting the selected element on black, white and other backgrounds, making it visible and convenient to edit.

Increase the Radius value gradually in the Edge Detection, setting it to 1.5, making the edges less rigid and thus revealing minor aspects. Set the Output To in the Output section of the options window to New Layer using Layer Mask. It will automatically create a copy of the initial image with the background hidden by Clipping Mask.

You can use other Refine Edge options as well, for making the edge smoother or more blurred. That would be handy if you are cutting out the element that is enclosed by other elements or image has some more complex background and the edges of the main object are messy. In this case, these minor adjustments are enough to continue creating the desired effect.

Step 6

Create a New Layer in Photoshop below the cut-out portrait and fill it with neutral greyish color (#dcdbd9) using Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Click on below Video: Double Exposure Cinemagraph – Photoshop Tutorial

[2] Create the Double Exposure Effect

Step 1

Let’s choose the second photo for composition. This can be some beautiful fresh flower shot or cityscape or anything abstract and intricate. Here we will use this monochromatic nature scene of a forest.

Step 2

Set the image of the forest above the man’s photo. Keeping the forest layer selected, and then presses the Control key and click on the Layer Clipping Mask of the layer below. You will see the marching insects selection of the man’s silhouette on the forest layer.

Step 3

Press the add vector mask button to hide the unnecessary parts of the forest image. When you click on the chain icon in the layers panel between the image thumbnail and the mask thumbnail, this will unlink the layer and its mask so that you can able to move and rotate the image inside the mask without moving the entire layer.

In our case, let’s place the forest image upside down so that the dark reflection of the trees is placed in the top area of the silhouette, as shown in the below figure.

Step 4

Select the layer which has the cutout portrait with Clipping Mask. Make a copy and drag and drop it above the forest layer.

Make the portrait monochromatic to match the forest image color palette. Keeping the portrait layer selected, move to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate or press Shift-Control-U, converting the image to grayscale

Step 5

Open the Levels options and make the image darker by moving the black slider to the right or manually setting the value to 117.

After applying the effect, Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Select the colorize checkbox in the bottom right corner of the options window to change the complete range of colors of the image. Set the Hue value to 212, move the slider to the right side, thus adding tints of blue. Set the saturation level to 10, reducing the sharpness of the photo and then click the ok button to apply the effect.

Step 6

Right click on portrait layer mask and apply Layer Mask in the dropdown menu. Change the Blending Mode to Screen in the Layers panel. Now you can see the desired double exposure effect appears.

Step 7

Make the image surrealistic by editing the head of the portrait. Take the Brush Tool (B) and pick the Airbrush Soft Round 17 from the standard Round Brushes with Size set.

Select the Forest Layer Mask, set the Fill color to white and paint over the upper part of the head section, thus erasing the unwanted parts of the head section and adding some air in the top part of the image.

Step 8

Let’s add a finishing touch to the image. Select the desaturated portrait layer and add a layer mask by clicking the mask icon. Take the Brush tool and switch the fill color to black. Since the layer mask is white by default, the black color help to erase the unnecessary parts of the image. Paint over the neck area, creating an illusion of his face popping out from the trees.

These simple steps help you to create a double exposure effect portrait by combining two images. We hope you have found helpful tips which will help you to make more exciting combinations and photo manipulations.


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