The effect of double exposure in Photoshop – Reflection

If you have not seen the clip of the singer Taylor Swift on her popular song “Style”, do not be lazy and watch it! The video is really quite stylistic with amazing and inspiring effects using silhouettes and double exposure.

In a separate series of lessons, I will look at some of these effects and show you how to recreate them in Adobe Photoshop.

The singer Taylor Swift’s music video for her song “Style” inspired me and my daughter to create the stylistic effects of double exposure. First, we recreated the effect of the profile with the exit from the cave. Then we looked at how to create a double exposure effect with smoke. In this lesson we will learn how to create an interesting reflection effect in glass.

Final result:

1. Cooking Source codes

The beauty of the effect discussed in this lesson is that it can be applied to photos of friends or family members, so I suggest you use your own photos during the lesson. To take the right pictures, read the first lesson in this series, in which I analyze the process of shooting in detail.

Step 1

In the archive with the files of the lesson there are two photos needed for the lesson. In the first, the model holds a shard of glass in front of her eyes (file GlassShardStart.jpg).

In the second – just shows the model (the file FrontFacing.jpg). We will use this photo to create a reflection.

Step 2

We will also need brushes for drawing dirt and stains, which are also in the archive with lesson files. They will not play a key role, but will add credibility to the reflection in glass due to stains and streaks.

2. Create effect

The effect we get by overlaying two photos on each other, since it is impossible to get a reflection of the eyes on the glass, while it covers the girl’s face.

Step 1

Open both photos in Photoshop. Transfer the portrait photo to a photo with a piece of glass. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 50% to make it easier to combine photos, and in the mode Free transform (Ctrl + T) start resizing a portrait photo until the model’s eyes are inside the glass shard.

Once you determine the final position of the photo, return the layer to 100% opacity. Convert the layer to a smart object by selecting Layers> Smart Object> Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Object> Convert to Smart Object), and turn off the layer so that only a photo with a piece of glass is visible.

Step 2

Tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool) (W) Select the shard of glass.

Click the button Refine edge (Refine edge) and some smooth (Smooth) edges, approximately, to the mark 10. Set Feathering (Feather) – 0.5 px. Make sure that in the graph Output to (Output To) costs Layer mask (Layer Mask).

Step 3

Add a slight blur to the reflection using a Gaussian Blur filter. (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius value of 2 px.

Click on the white thumbnail next to the word Smart Filter (Smart Filter) on the layers panel. This is a smart filter mask that controls the scope of the filter. Use the soft black round brush to remove blur from the eyes.

Step 4

We need to add more likelihood to the shard. To do this, add a layer style. Stamping (Bevel Emboss) with the following settings:

  • Depth (Depth): 317%
  • The size (Size): 2 px
  • Softening (Soften): 1 px
  • Angle (Angle): 1390
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 39%
  • Check the box Circuit (Contour)

Next, add a layer style. Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) with the following settings:

  • Inner shade color: # 142c51.
  • Opacity (Opacity): 53%
  • Angle (Angle): 1200
  • Bias (Distance): 4 px
  • Tightening (Choke): 20%
  • The size (Size): 41 px

Finally add a layer style. Internal glow (Inner Glow):

  • Opacity (Opacity): 27%
  • Light color: # bdc9d4
  • Tightening (Choke): 11%
  • The size (Size): 68 px

Now the shard of glass has become, undoubtedly, more believable.

Step 5

Go to menu Select> Select again (Select> Reselect) to select the glass again. Go to the background layer to make it active, and copy the selection (Ctrl + J) to a separate layer. Raise the new splinter layer to the top and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay) and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%. The original glass texture will appear on the reflection.

Step 6

Create a new layer above the layer with reflection as a clipping mask by clicking Layers> Create Clipping Mask (Layer> Create Clipping Mask) or keyboard shortcut (Alt-Control-G). Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G): type – linear, from color # bdc9d4 to transparent. Draw a gradient across the glass from left to right. Set the blending mode of the gradient layer to Lightening (Screen) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%. This will give the shard a slight shine.

Step 7

Create another new layer, also as a clipping mask to the layer with reflection. Select the “Dirt Brush 03” brush from the kit provided at the beginning of the lesson. A single click draw stains on the glass color # bdc9d4. Set the blending mode Lightening (Screen) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 75%.

3. Styling the effect

At the moment we have finished working on the basis of the effect. It looks like a reflection, but still looks implicit. Next we give the effect a little color and brightness!

Step 1

Create a new layer under the layer with reflection and use the command Editing> Run Fill (Edit> Fill) to fill the layer with 50% gray. Set layer blending mode Overlap (Overlay) to hide the gray color. Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) (O) and on the top panel set the mode Mid tones (Midtones), reduce exposure (Exposure) up to 11%. Draw soft shadows behind the glass.

Step 2

Click on the top layer with glass to make it active. Next, create one merged layer by simultaneously pressing the Alt key and selecting the command Layers > Merge visible (Layer> Merge Visible).

Then go to menu Filter> Filter Camera Raw (Filter> Camera Raw Filter). In the tab Main (Basic) reduce Definition (Clarity) to -25 and increase Beauty (Vibrance) to +10. This will help to give the image a soft focus effect (soft focus).

Click the tab Effects (Effects) and in the section Post-crop vignetting (Post Crop Vignette) zoom out Effect (Amount) to -56.

Step 3

The original effect from the Taylor Swift video had a pronounced blue tint. We will repeat this in our tutorial with a simple fill. Create a separate fill layer by choosing the command Layers > New layer fill >Colour (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color). Use the bluish-green tint: # 3d5264. Set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%.

Step 4

Finish work on the effect using the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). Create a new adjustment layer and give the curve a slight S-bend. It will increase the overall contrast of the image.

The end result will be:

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