In this quick tutorial, I'll show you howto create this awesome double exposure effect in Photoshop.
We start off with a picture of a forest, andanother of a fox.
The first thing we need to do is duplicate our fox image twice.
Thenwe create a group folder and place both our fox duplicates inside.
We also place our forestimage, sandwiched in between the two foxes.
Now that we have our layers sorted, it’stime to start working on the main mask.
We’re going to use the original fox layer to createthis.
Firstly let’s desperate the image by going to Image…Adjustments…Desaturate.
Then we increase the contrast by going to Image…Adjustments…Levels and moving thecentre slider almost all of the way to the right.
This has created a simpler, highercontrast image that will be easier to refine the selection of.
Next we grab the Quick Selection tool andselect our fox.
It doesn’t need to be accurate though because, once we’re done, we’regoing to click the Refine Edge button.
This brings up a tool that allows us to set ourcomputer to work, refining the edges of the fur for us.
We simply highlight the areaswe want to compute and it does everything for us.
Once we’re done we change the outputto layer mask and click OK.
Now that our mask has been created, we dragit into the middle of our group folder tab.
This applies the mask to all layers withinthe group folder.
We don’t need our original fox layer anymore, so we delete it.
Having prepared our main mask, we can startworking on the actual composition.
Let’s begin with the bottom fox layer which we’llbe turning into a ghostly background.
We add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and thenclip it to the fox layer by hovering over the boundary between the two, holding downthe alt or option key, and when the icon changes, clicking.
Next we shift the hue into the blueend of the spectrum and lower the saturation.
Then we lower the opacity slider until weget a subtle faded effect.
Now let’s work on our forest.
It’s noticeablethat we can move our forest around, and it will still conform to the edges of our groupfolder mask.
So we can use the transform tools to scale and rotate it into position.
One problem I notice though, is we can nolonger see our ghostly fox background.
So we’ll need to create some transparency intoour forest image.
We do this by going to Layer…Layer Style…Blending options.
This allows us toblend transparency into the lighter areas of our forest layer, by moving the top-rightslider to the left.
We can also soften the blending by holding down the alt or optionkey and clicking to detach the secondary slider.
Once we’re happy with the layer blendingwe click OK.
It’s now time to put our main fox imageback in.
We select the top fox layer and then make it visible again.
We don’t want tosee all of it though, so we add an inverted mask to it by holding down the alt or optionkey and then clicking the mask button.
This allows us to apply a soft white brush to themask, to paint it back in to our composition.
It’s worth taking some care at this stageto make sure it blends really well with the forest.
The composition is looking great now – sowe can start tweaking our image layers.
One thing I don’t like is how harsh thecolor transition is between the forest and the fox.
We can soften this by clipping acurves adjustment layer to the forest, raising the red curve and lowering the green and bluecurves.
This takes a bit of tweaking until we can get the color just right.
I don’twant to lose all my green though, so I fill the adjustment layer’s mask with black,by going to Edit…Fill and selecting black from the drop down menu.
This allows me toapply a soft white brush to the mask to subtly paint the brown adjustment back in to theareas where I want it.
I finish up with some quick color grading,using a filter plugin called Color Efex Pro 4.
This allows me to use a few extra filterslike tonal contrast that aren’t available to me in Photoshop.
I’m really happy with my fox now.
There’sa cool double exposure effect, that tells a story about the animal’s habitat.
Andwe can use this same technique to create all kinds of amazing images.
I’d love to seewhat you guys can come up with! That's it for this tutorial.
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