Create a Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial is about creating a double exposure effect using Photoshop. Double exposure is a modern way of creativity. Not only the photographers use it for making portraits, but many developers and designers use this effect to portray their level of creativity in online appearances. If you master this effect, you can make your own creative portraits. I am going to use a model face and scenery in this tutorial.


1. Open the two images in a single Photoshop file. Open the first image in Photoshop, which you want to use as a background. Place the second image in a new layer. It can be done by several ways. One way is to open that image in Photoshop by going to file tab in the main menu and then clicking on open. Once the image opens in Photoshop select the whole image using the marquee tool and press ‘Ctrl’ +’C’. Open the background image. Select the marquee tool and press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘V’. This new image will be placed in another layer above the background layer.


2. The second step is to make selection around the girl’s body and create a layer mask. For this, click on the ‘layer1’ thumbnail from the layers palette. Now, select the ‘quick-selection’ tool from the tool bar.


3. Drag the tool over the area which you want to select.


4. Create a layer mask by clicking on the layer-mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette.


5. The image will look like this:


6. Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘I’ to invert the selection.


7. To refine the edges, right click on the layer-mask thumbnail in the layers palette and select the ‘refine-mask’. A window will open. Set the values according to your will. For this image, I have set the values as shown in the image below:


8. Click ‘OK’. The image with double-exposure effect is ready.


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Author: Revo

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