Double exposure effects in Photoshop is a revolution in image editing. Adobe Photoshop and its tools are well known for amazing capability. Today we are going to learn something unusual in editing. Well, it’s the double exposure tutorial by Photoshop CC2019. First, we should know, “What is a Double Exposure”? Exposure means, the revelation of identity or fact. Double Exposure means, ‘The combination of the revelation of two identities. And, this is going to be fun in an artistic way. So, without any further I do, let’s begin.

Several Double Exposure Ideas you can get to create a wonderful image. But, we will use only a few techniques to learn for editing. However, this is not a specific job to do. As a matter of fact, this is a creative work. So, there is no limitation in editing and can do it according to your will. Just make sure the final image is with the proper exposure to represent. So, follow us with an easy double exposure tutorial by photoshop techniques.

Programs to use

Generally, we work on Adobe Photoshop. The program has enough tools and options to perform the best. Creative designers mostly prefer this one for the perfect editing job. Another software called Gimp is also good. Well, Gimp is a little different than Photoshop but does most of the editings good enough. It has a fame in the editing field too. We will go with Photoshop CC2019 for this tutorial. You can use previous versions as well. Double Exposure Portraits by Clipping World will surely amaze you. By the way, there is also double exposure in-camera function with a few models but they are not capable of creative works as Photoshop. Double exposure artists are the best choice for professional works.

Punch Line: Expert hand’s creative work on Double Exposure in Photoshop

Double Exposure

Process 1 Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop

Images and background color set

We will go with the easiest process of Double Exposure art at the beginning. We will take the subject image and another image for the job. The second image could be flowers, texture, trees, water splash, butterflies, etc. according to your will. Open both the images in the Photoshop program or drag and drop. It really doesn’t matter which process you follow. I am going to open both the images in Photoshop and put them in separate windows.

Images and background color set
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Let’s take a new document in Photoshop. I taking 1280X720 pixels.

new document in Photoshop
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A new window in Photoshop will open. I will fill the background with the color ‘Black’. You can choose any color depending on the images you work with or according to your will. But, make sure the background is complementary or resembling the project you are handling. To do so, click on the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ select ‘Solid Color’ and choose the color you like.

Solid color adjustment layer
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Click and drag both the images into the new tab. I am using a model on a white background and a water splash with a transparent background. Also, I will take out the model from the white background in a moment. By the way, to click and drag images to the new Photoshop document, make sure you select the Move Tool first.

Adding the images
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Combining the subjects

To separate the model image from the background you can use several techniques. The Quick Selection Tool, Lasso Tool, Magic wand tool, Pen tool, etc. are good. I am going to use the legendary ‘Pen Tool’ for my convenience. You can learn more about the Pen Tool from our blog, “Understanding and Master the Pen Tool in Photoshop“. Or, with more examples of different image editors, you can check out, “10 Photoshop Clipping Path Tutorial around the web“. Also, you can convert the image into a smart object if the image is in a low definition. Otherwise, just go as it is.

I am clipping the image with the edge and leaving some areas for better editing. And, after making the path, you can press Alt+Enter for Win or Option+Return for Mac to make the selection. Press Ctrl+J for Win or Command+J for Mac to copy the selected image into a new layer and add a mask. Also, you can delete the model layer with a white background or place it at the bottom. Or, make the layer invisible.

Selection with mask _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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Now, I am placing the splash water layer on the top. And, I am moving it on the head of the model with proper alignment. Also, adding a layer mask.

Images placing _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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I am selecting the layer mask of the Water Splash layer. With the soft round brush and foreground color black, I am brushing over the area you want to erase. Also, make sure the blend mode is normal, Opacity is 100% and Flow is 100%.

Musking and brushing _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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Color tone matching

The water splash is not that matching to the human face. So, I am adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer on the top and add to the splash layer only by a clipping mask. Press Alt for Win or Option for Mac and place the cursor on the line between the layers and click. Anything we do will apply to the attached layer only. And, check the box ‘Colorize’ and adjust the sliders to match with the face tone. When you are satisfied, hide the window.

Hue/Saturation adjustment
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Duplicating layer and finishing

Let’s copy both the Hue/Saturation and Splash water layer together and set at the lower portion of the model image. I am using the same technique as before with the brush tool on the mask and adjust it with the image. I will repeat one more time to make a better view. You may think this Photoshop triple exposure as we are working with three copies of the splash. But, no. it is still the double exposure. You may have a question on, “How to do multiple exposures in Photoshop”? Well, without copying the same texture you can select multiple items to create the multiple exposures.

Copy in multiple _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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Now I am going for the model. You can adjust the image as you want but for the model, I am selecting the mask and brush over it. Also, I am changing the opacity and the flow of the brushing several times and use the foreground color black. Here is the final output. I am making a group of all the layers and name it ‘Double Exposure’

Group making
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Process 2 Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop

Opening the images

As we have learned the basic double exposure ideas, I will go in brief for the next Processes. I am taking a model image in gray scale and a beautiful picture of the woods. And, this is called the double exposure photographers’ way. Let’s open a new layer as before (1280X720 Pixels). I am going to click and drag both the images in the new Photoshop document. The image of the woods will be on the top layer. The model is below the woods layer. As for the background, I am adding a solid color adjustment layer in black. Before adding the images in the document, I cut out the model image from its background.

Images selection
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Image Blending

Here we will learn the magic of blend mode. If you are using Photoshop CC2019 you can see the preview as you hover over the types. But, in previous versions, you have to select one blend mode first and use up-down navigation keys (Arrow keys) to see the preview. So, choose the best one caught in your eyes or try all to get the most appropriate. I am placing the model image in the middle of the woods and resize it to fit the frame. Here, blend mode ‘Overlay’ is beautiful for the process. Also, some other blend modes like Darken, Multiply, Darker Color, Soft Light, and Hard Light are good too. But, Over ley is the best for this project in my opinion. By the way, you can rename the layers if you want.

Blend Mode implementation _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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Subject’s edge smoothing

Now I am going to smoothen the edges of the model as they look too sharp. You can leave it like that but it will look good in smooth edges I believe. Add a layer mask in the model layer and select the mask. Grab the brush tool and select the foreground color black. If you have foreground color white, press the keyboard key ‘X’ to toggle between black and white. Also, if there are other colors selected, press ‘D’ for default black & white. I am going to brush over the edges carefully so that it doesn’t damage the surface. Blend mode should be ‘Normal’, Opacity at 100% and Flow at 100%. I am using a soft brush and use it over the edges only.

Edge smoothing _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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In order to make the image more beautiful, I am decreasing the opacity of the woods to 85%. You can minimize the high contrast in this way. Let’s make a group of the image layers and name it ‘Double Exposure’. Whether you rename it or not, doesn’t really matter.

Group making _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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Finishing touch

The procedure is completed with the above steps. But, I feel like adding a border in the image. So, I am adding a new layer over the top and select the ‘Marquee Tool’. I am creating the border around the image border by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I for Win or Command+Shift+I for Mac to select inverse. And, to insert color, you need to use Shift+Backspace for Win or Shift+Delete for Mac. Also, fill the color you want and press ok. Well, there are several options you can choose from. Now, press Ctrl+D for Win or Command+D for Mac to deselect.

Image border (Optional)
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Punch Line: Combination of two images in one with an artistic look

Process 3 Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop

Opening the images

Another way of Double Exposure where we will use images with fewer details. The process is not very efficient always but saves time and labor. At the same time, you can have more ideas about the area you are working with. I will take a model image with the backside and another one is full of flowers. Same as before I am going to add both the images in a new document. We will not use the ‘Blend Mode’ or transparent object here. We will use the ‘Opacity’ adjustment for the process.

Images selection
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Opacity adjustment and masking

I am going to decrease the opacity to 25% for the ‘Flowers’ layer. And, the model is visible well enough like this. As I have cut out the model already from the background, I am selecting it and adding a mask. As you can see in the below image the Model layer with the mask. I am pressing and holding Alt for Win or Option for Mac and click and drag the mask to the Flowers layer. so, this creates a copy of the mask to the Flowers layer. Also, with the mask of the Flowers layer selected I am using the hard Brush Tool and drag over the black areas like the garment, hat binding, and part of the sunglasses. The flowers look like embossed on the body and hat. Now, I am adding a solid color to the background.

Masking and opacity adjustment _ Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop
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Additional effects

I am making a group of Flowers and Model layers by selecting both. To create a group, select a layer and press and hold Ctrl for Win or Command for Mac then select the other one. Press Ctrl+G for Win or Command+G for Mac. Now it’s time to add some gradient color. I am creating a new layer and with the Gradient Tool, adding some gradients around the model. One more thing I like to add and that is Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. At first, I select ‘Colorize’ and then adjust a little bit. It is done now.

Colorization and gradient
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Punch Line: Create Double Exposure Effects in Photoshop with creative thinking

Here we have learned a few tricks for Double Exposure in Photoshop but that is not all. There are lots of ways to perform. You can name it Photoshop multiple exposures also because you can marge more than two images if you want. Try to learn the utilization and create like no other. And, make sure the subject adjusts with the other image properly or else it will be a mess. Also, be precise with this double exposure article and get the best out of it. If you want any kind of support related to the editing, feel free to let us know.


What is Double Exposure Effects?

Ans: Double Exposure means merging two images in one to create something different. But, there are no specific instructions for the process. Also, anyone can create such exposure with their own creative thinking.

How Double Exposure Effects are useful to people?

Ans: The implementation of double exposure is mainly for digital media. And, this is a world full of business. Also, for the promotion, the editing of digital media is inevitable. Double Exposure adds some more spice in editing for marketing.

Who needs Double Exposure?

Ans: Any business organizations that require a different kind of expression to make need Double Exposure. Such as production houses, magazines, publishers, print media, etc. use this editing for an exceptional view.

What is the price for Double Exposure Effects?

Ans: As the editing is a creative work, the price cannot be specified for the job. It may be less or more. So, Clipping World offers industry bottom price starting at $0.5 per image.

What is the turnaround time for the Double Exposure work?

Ans: Depending on the job complexity the turnaround time varies. Hence, Clipping World always does the best to complete any job with the shortest time with 100% quality.

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