In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop. The effect of double exposure can be achieved by combining several stock images, experimenting with blending modes, as well as using adjustment layers. We will also learn how to make a beautiful, smooth transition between images using a layer mask. Follow the instructions in this tutorial to learn how to do this.
1. Open the photo
Create a new document in Photoshop with the settings listed below:
Place a photo with an older man in the main document and place it as shown below. I have chosen this image of an older man for this lesson, but you can choose any other image. You can also use images with a dark silhouette and then use the blending mode to achieve the desired effect.
In addition, make sure that the selected background has a solid solid color so that no extra details are present.
As previously mentioned, we have to use an image that has a solid solid background, but images from free sites sometimes do not meet the necessary requirements. In my case, the background is solid, but it is not white. Use adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to increase the background brightness. The goal here is to bleach the background so that the image with the city, which we will add later, was visible on the image of an elderly man. Click on the icon that is in the bottom of the layers panel and select in the context menu Curves … (Curves …).
Since we applied the effect to the entire image, it will affect those parts that we do not need. The best solution to fix this is to use the mask of the adjustment layer and erase the effect where it is not needed. Just leave it on the hair, then to get a bright light effect.
On the layer mask Curves (Curves) using a soft black brush, mask the effect on the desired part of the image.
Here is how it looks on a white background:
2. Create a double exposure effect.
In this step, we will create a double exposure effect by adding an image of the city, and combine it with an image of an elderly man using blending modes. Also, in this step, you can experiment by adding different photos to get the result you want. So do not be afraid to choose different images that you like – it can be a city, a stream, a forest or any other image.
Place the image of the city in the main document. Use the tool Transformation (Transform Tool) (CTRL + T) and enlarge the image as shown below so that it fits perfectly to our work.
Note: Make sure you place a layer with a city above the layer with an older man.
Change the blending mode of the layer with the city to Screen (Screen) and as you can see, we have the effect of double exposure.
In this step, we need to enhance the effect that we created before. We will make the image more surreal, let’s make the elderly man’s beard more visible.
Add a layer mask to the image of the city. Take the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B). Install it opacity (Opacity) and pressure (Flow) about 30%. Now mask a part of the city image as shown below to make the elderly man’s beard and part of his face more visible. This will create a surreal effect, as it will seem that his beard is hanging over the road. If you want, you can make other parts of the face more visible.
Try to achieve a smooth transition between the image of an elderly man and the city. Take your time and do everything neatly.
3. Add Birds
Create a new layer and name it “Birds”. Load brushes and paint the birds as shown below. Do not be afraid to draw where you want.
Decrease opacity (Opacity) layer with birds up to 60%, so that they seemed to dissolve in the light of the sun. It will also help us mix the birds with the light that we will create in the next step.
4. Create a lighting effect.
Create a new layer and name it “Light.” Set the foreground color to # 5a4119. Now, take a big soft round brush and draw it as shown below.
Set the blending mode of the “Light” layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and reduce its opacity to 69%.
5. Final adjustment
Create an adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance) and adjust the color. Change only the value Medium tones (Midtones).
Add adjustment layer Selective color correction (Selective color) and intensify the shades of red.
Finally, use an adjustment layer. Color search (Color Lookup) and select the “Tension Green” file.
Install opacity (Opacity) adjustment layer at 70%.
Here is the final result:
Thank you for the lesson. Do not be afraid to experiment with images to create a double-exposure effect, mix them using blending modes and adjustment layers, as you have already seen in this tutorial. Share your work, for example, on Twitter, if you like it, and feel free to let me know if you need help. Have a nice day!