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How To Create Double Exposure Photo effect in Photoshop

In the Photoshop tutorials, we will learn how to c. Double exposure photography has become very popular nowadays. The feature even comes built-in in some digital cameras. Creating your own double exposure photo effect in Photoshop is very simple.

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials

To create double exposure photo effect in Photoshop , you’ll need:

  • Any recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

Open the image you will be using as the background. A picture of a cityscape or landscape usually works best.

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials First Image

Place the second image in the document by either going to File > Place or dragging and dropping the file in your canvas. I’ll be using this image from ShutterStock. After placing the image, the transform tool will appear automatically. Reposition the image and set its layer blending mode to Screen.

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials Second Image

Step 2

Now to create double exposure photo effect in Photoshop. Let’s convert the image to black and white so that the colors won’t interfere in the next steps and we can focus only on the tonal settings. To do so, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White and adjust the settings any way you like. You can always change the settings afterwards.

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials Black and White

Step 3

We already have a double exposure image, but we will need to do some adjustments according to the image. For instance, in my image, I want to make the girl’s face brighter and everything else darker. To do this, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and place the Curves adjustment layer below the Black & White adjustment layer. Next, option-click (Macs) / alt-click (Windows) between the girl layer and the Curves adjustment layer so that the Curves adjustment layer affects only the girl layer.

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Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials Curves

Step 4

Now, go to Windows > Properties and select the on-image adjustment tool to adjust the brightness of the photo directly on the image. In my photo, I dragged up over the skin to brighten it and dragged down on the hair to darken it.

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials Curves Foreground

 

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials Curves Foreground Result

Step 5

You can repeat steps 3 and 4 with the background layer too.

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials Curves Background

You could make the whites in the background layer darker so that it doesn’t compete with the foreground layer. To do so, just drag down the top-right curves point.

Also see:

How to Create Rainy Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Make Lego Mosaic Portrait in Photoshop

How to Create a Motion Photo Effect in a Still Picture

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials White Darker

And we’re done! The Photoshop tutorials to create double exposure photo effect in photoshop is complete!

Double Exposure Photographs Photoshop Tutorials

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