Double Exposure Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Double Exposure Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Hello everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics,welcome back to another video tutorial.

This time we're going to play around in Photoshopto create a Double Exposure effect, which is originally a Photography technique usingnothing but cameras to blend and merge two separate photos together by exposing the filmtwice in two completely different photos.

The style of this effect has also become popularwith digital artists, who can use Photoshop to mimic the double exposure effect to createa surreal image.

Popular examples are the True Detectives TV show intro, or if you'rea bit of a Taylor Swift fan, you might recognise this effect from her latest music video.

Common subjects that are often combined areportraits or profiles and scenes of nature, such as mountains or trees.

The example we'llbe creating in this tutorial uses a side profile of a female and a snowy mountain scene, whichare blended together so the landscape fills the silhouette of the portrait.

Begin by opening up your chosen portrait imagein Photoshop.

Ideally the image will have a nice clean solid colour or white backgroundlike this.

I'm lucky enough to have a Shutterstock subscription, but you can also find some qualityfree images on the web.

The link to the images I've used are down in the description.

First we need to separate the subject fromthe background.

One of the quickest and easiest methods of doing this is with the Channels.

Find the channel with the most contrast, then duplicate it by dragging it into the New icon.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels, then movethe midtones and shadows sliders towards the right to dramatically darken the image.

Goas far as you can without expanding the black outline too much, as you can see if the slidersare moved too much.

Select the brush tool and set up a hard tipwith a black fill, then paint over any remaining highlights in the centre.

Click on the RGB channel layer to return backto normal, then CMD+Click on the duplicated channel to load the selection, followed bySelect > Inverse.

Return back to the Layers panel and ensurethe background is selected, then Copy and Paste the clipping onto a new layer.

Fillthe original background with white.

Next, find a landscape image and paste itinto the Photoshop document.

Move it to the top of the layer stack.

CMD+Click the thumbnail of the portrait layer,then apply a Layer Mask to clip the landscape image.

Un-link the mask with the layer by clickingthe chain icon.

Then select the landscape layer thumbnail and go to Edit > Transformto scale and position the image independently to find the best composition.

——-Select the original portrait layerand press CMD+J to duplicate it.

Move it to the top of the layer stack then go to Image> Adjustments > Desaturate to transform it to black and white, then change the blendingmode to Multiply.

Apply a Layer Mask to this layer, then setup a large soft brush with a black fill.

Paint around the edges of the portrait to eraseaway everything except the facial features.

Press X to switch the colours between whiteand black to toggle between erasing and restoring the image to find the perfect result.

Reduce the opacity of this ghostly portraitlayer to around 70%, so the features are just subtly visible through the landscape.

——-Deselect the mask, then use the eyedropperto choose a colour from the image, then brighten it up by adjusting the colour picker.

Fillthe background layer with this colour.

——Paste in another copy of the landscapeimage, which should still be in your clipboard.

Move it to the top of the layer stack thengo to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and alter the radius to 250px.

Apply a layer mask, then erase away this layerso the portrait can be seen again, leaving a vignette style effect around the edges.

Reduce the opacity of this layer so the vignetteis hardly visible, but it produces some subtle changes in tone.

Finish off the effect by applying a Levelsadjustment layer.

Tweak the highlights and shadows to increase the contrast to bringout the details of the image.

The final result is a cool blend of two imagesto create a surreal piece of art which is perfect for posters or album covers.

The bigadvantage of doing this in Photoshop, as opposed to the traditional photography technique,is you can experiment with different images to find the best mix.

So I hope you enjoyed this Photoshop tutorial.

If you did I'd really appreciate a thumbs on YouTube up to help spread the word.

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So thank you very muchfor watching and I'll see you in the next one.

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