double exposure Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create double exposure effect in Photoshop. Double exposure effect can be achieved through combining multiple stock images, experimenting with blend modes and using adjustment layers. We’ll also learn how to make transition between multiple images and blending them nicely using layer mask.
Follow the tutorial and find out more about it.

Note : This tutorial assume you’ve completed our all Basic level Photoshop tutorial. Otherwise we assume you are an intermediate level of Photoshop user. Also, you’ll need Photoshop CS3 or higher to follow this tutorial.

Opening the Photo for Double Exposure Effect

1. Create a new document in Photoshop with the following settings :

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2. Place the old man to main document and place it as shown below.

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3. Use a Curves adjustment layer to increase the lightness on old man’s background. The aim is to whiten the background of old man. You can add an adjustment layer by clicking on third icon at the bottom of layer panel.

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Results :

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4. On the layer mask of Curves, mask the effect on the selected parts of old man. Because we’ve applied the Curves for the background not for the old man’s parts. Use a soft round basic black brush for masking.

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Results :

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5. Place the city image to main document. Use the Transform Tool (CTRL +T) to enlarge it and make it fit nicely to main document.

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Change the blend mode of city layer to Screen and we’ve our double exposure effect.

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6. Add a Layer Mask to city image by clicking on second icon of layer panel. Activate the Brush Tool (B). Set its opacity and flow about 30%. Now mask the highlighted parts of city image as shown below to reveal the old man. Try to achieve smooth transition between old man and city image. Don’t rush it and do it patiently.

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Results :

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7. Create a new layer and name it ‘birds’. Load the bird brushes and paint some birds as shown below. Feel free to paint them wherever you want to.

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Reduce the opacity of birds layer to 60% to fade them into the lights of city. This will also help us to blend the birds with lights which we are going to create in next step.

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8. Create a new layer and name it ‘light’. Set you foreground color to #5a4119. Now using a soft round brush paint some lights as shown below.

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Set the blend mode of light layer to Linear Dodge and reduce its opacity to 69%.

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Final Adjustments

9. Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and make some colors adjustment. Only change the value of Midtones.

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Results :

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10. Add a Selective Color adjustment layer and enhance the red colors tones.

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Results :

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11. Finally, use Color Lookup adjustment layer and choose the Tension Green file.

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Set the opacity of Color Lookup to 70%. Here are the final results :

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