?Double exposure – a classic technique in photography, which is now very popular. Thanks to modern programs for photo processing, you do not need to be a professional photographer to create an unusual double exposure effect.
There are many ways to create double exposure in Adobe Photoshop. In this tutorial, I will show you one of the easiest and fastest, which can be recorded and used as an action.
If you want to create a double exposure effect with one touch of a button, you might be interested in the finished action in my portfolio on GraphicRiver. With it, you can create effective work in seconds.
1. We collect source codes
To create an action, we need two pictures: one for the base, and the second for the overlay on top. As the main picture, we will use a photo that you can find on Unsplash.
You can use any picture, but for a quality result, it is desirable that the photo has a neutral background and a light source. By the way, backlit pictures are perfect for creating double exposure.
The image for the overlay can be any: landscape, urban views, abstraction, pattern, etc. In our case, we will use a photo of New York, which you can download on Pixabay.
We place a picture with the city over the main photo, the name of the layers does not matter. For convenience, change the blending mode of the layer with the city to Overlay (Overlap).
2. How to record an action in Photoshop
Having placed all the necessary pictures, we can start recording the action. Open the panel Windows – Action (Window – Operations) (Alt + F9) and at the bottom click on the button Create new action (Create a new operation). Enter any action name, for example, “Double Exposure”. After creating a new action, the recording will immediately begin, so from this moment do not do anything extra!
To begin, we change the blending mode of the image to overlay on Screen (Lighten), then add a mask by clicking on the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. Later we will use this mask to make the final touches.
Duplicate the current layer with the city Layer – Duplicate Layer (Layer – Create a duplicate layer) (Ctrl + J). Change duplicate blend mode to Normal (Normal); select the mask by clicking on it in the layers panel, and press Ctrl + I to invert it.
Now we need to add more brightness and contrast. To do this, go Image – Adjustments – Levels (Image – Correction – Levels) (Ctrl + L) and apply the following parameters: shadows – 8, midtones – 1.15, glare – 197. After that, press the OK button to apply the changes.
Move on Image – Adjustments – brightness/ Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) and increase the contrast to 100.
Finally, we are done with action. On the panel Actions (Operations) press the button Stop (Stop) to stop recording.
3. Add the final touches
After applying the action, we need to edit the part of the background photo on which we have imposed the city landscape. For this we will use the mask that was added in the previous section.
First, choose a mask on the layer with the city, take Brush Tool (B) (Brush) black and paint over the mask to remove part of the picture with the city and make visible the photo base.
If you need, on the contrary, to restore the image, then use a white brush that restores the areas that were deleted using the mask.
I hope that the knowledge gained in the lesson will be useful for future projects.
Repeating the same actions is very boring and time consuming. If you need to quickly create a double-exposure effect, you can use the ready-made action, which is available on GraphicRiver.