Double Exposure with Photoshop
This is something I have seen over and over again and always wanted to try out. So I did and it turns out its pretty easy to do! To make a double exposure image you’ll need two pictures, one of a person preferably with a good bit of white around them, and an image to overlay of either a landscape or flowers or whatever you want. Patterns tend to work well here. Here we have the two photos I’ll be using for the demonstration :
My picture I had for a portrait doesn’t have enough white background so were simply going to paint it in there.
Create a new layer on your portrait image (1) select the paintbrush (2) set the brush properties to 0% hardness (3) Select white (4) and paint a white background in (5)
Merge the layers together on your portrait image and then bring in the image were going to overlay (1) Align the image on top of the portrait image (2) and set the layer blending mode to screen (3)
We already have something cool looking! We could stop there, but why not make it REALLY cool looking?
On the overlaying image we have some great lines to work with. So lets use those. Rotate the image by following the steps above.
Ok now we have something, but the edge of the overlaying image has created a line, not to worry, well fix that later. Just dont forget about it!
Were going to add some effects to the portrait image now, Its a little red looking so lets throw some blue hue to it. Make a hue and saturation layer mask (1) and drag the hue adjustment towards the blue. Make sure the layer mask is in between the top and bottom layer (2)
Its looking good but Im a fan of blue hues so I’m going to make another layer mask, but this time with curves (1) Then select the blue channel (2) and drag the bottom left corner up (3) this makes the shadows more blue.
Now were going to fix the lines in the image left over from the overlay. Merge what you have together (CTRL Shift E) and then make a new layer (1) select the brush tool (2) set up your brush for 0% hardness (3) and select the common color on your background (4) Then just paint around the portrait. dont be afraid to soften some edges if you feel like you need to. I softened the top edge of her hair in this one.
Now merge it all together again (CTRL Shift E) and then make a curves layer mask again (1) to add a bit of color styling I’m again going to adjust the blue channel (2) and then flatten it out (3) this makes the shadows more blue and the highlights more yellow.
Last step! Just need to frame it in a little better, So select the crop tool (1) and then set the ratio (2) adjust your crop box and then click ok (3) All done!
Here’s our finished product! Happy Photoshopping!double, double exposure, exposure, fleishel, free, james, learn, lesson, Photography, photoshop, tutorial