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Create A Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

Double exposure effects have come back in trends. It’s actually been around in the time of old-school camera exposures with film and chemicals. Double exposing is the process of using two negatives and creating one positive finalized image. In this tutorial I will show you a quick way to do it in Photoshop.

Let’s Get Started!


unsplash-scene portrait

First you’ll want to find 2 photos you’ll want to put together. This typically works the best when you use a portrait and a scene.  The photos I will be using I grabbed from Unsplash is a great free high resolution photo site that has a variety of subjects from people, to fields to urban settings!

In a new Photoshop Document paste both images in the new Document. Make sure your background layer is behind the portrait as we will get to that one towards the end.

Select your portrait and create a mask

Let’s start with the image of the girl. You’ll want to remove the background from the image. There are a lot of approaches to getting the background out. One I like to use is the Quick Mask Mode (Q). By getting in this and using the brush tool will “paint” the area I want to select. Once you have the area painted get out of the Quick Mask Mode (Q). Now select the inverse (CTRL/CMD + I) and hit Delete. Now you need to turn your image into black and white by pressing (CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + U).


go into your channels panel

Now go into your channels panel and while holding the SHIFT key, click on the RGB channel to make a quick selection. Make sure the selection is still up and turn off the portrait layer. The selection should still be active.

Paste in your scenery and add in your portrait mask

Now click on the background layer in your Layers panel and click on the Add Vector Mask button on the bottom of the panel. This will take your previous selection and create a cut out of the portrait and into the background.

The final look of the double exposure

Now lastly to get some more interesting effects just take your brush tool and start creating some distressed features while you are in the newly created mask. And there you have it! A quick and easy double exposure effect!



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