Making a collage with double exposure in Photoshop

Traditionally, the effect of double or triple exposure is achieved when the photographer using the camera superimposes several images to create a surreal image. However, we can also achieve this effect in Photoshop, which gives us more control with the ability to adjust the effect that we are going to get.

In this lesson we will learn how to create a double exposure step by step by combining two photos using blending modes and masks. For this we do not need a camera – just a Photoshop program. So let’s get started!


Create a new document sized 3500 x 2500 px, resolution 72 ppi, RGB 8 bit.

Add adjustment layer Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient (Layer – New Layer – Fill – Gradient).

Open this image and transfer to the working document as shown below.

Take the tool Pen Tool (P) (Pen) and create the outline of the black part of the image next to the face, as shown below.

On the panel Paths (Outlines) click on the icon Load path as a selection (Download the outline as a selection).

To highlight hair use this lesson.

Then go to menu Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection (Layers – Layer – mask – Hide the selected area).

Do the same for the top of the image. Since the mask has already been created, after you convert the outline to the selection, simply paint it on the mask with black color.

Open and transfer the second image to the working document.

Tool Quick Selection Tool (W) (Quick selection) highlight the sky.

Then go to menu Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection (Layers – Layer – mask – Hide the selected area).

Bleach the image with the city by going to the menu Image> Adjustments> Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor). If your image is inserted as a smart object, you must first rasterize it, otherwise the function will be unavailable.

Next, go to the menu Image> Adjustments> Levels (Image – Correction – Levels).

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen).

On the layer with the city, activate the mask and use a soft black brush to work along the bottom edge to better combine the image.

Download selection of buildings. To do this while holding Ctrl click on the thumbnail of the layer mask.

Activate the mask on the model layer. Take the tool Brush Tool (B) (Brush) and white paint over the selection.

Select the brush shown in the image below. The brush color is black. Standing on the same mask, process the left edge of the model.

Standing on the topmost layer in the layers panel, press the Crtl + Alt + Shift + E key combination to create a merged layer. Go to the menu Filter> Sharpen> Shake Reduction (Filter – Sharpness – Image Stabilization).

Then go to menu Filter> Sharpen> Smart Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Smart sharpness).

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Download the downloaded brush set and add them to the document.

Add an adjustment layer by going to the menu. Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Photo Filter (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter).

Finally, add an adjustment layer by going to the menu Layer> New Adjustment Layer> ColorLookup (Layer – New adjustment layer – Search for color).

Change the blending mode of this layer to Lighten (Replacing light).

The final result.

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