Double exposure of a photo is a very beautiful effect in which two photos are combined. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this effect by combining two images into one colorful painted scene! You will learn how to properly arrange the layers, how to use blend modes and light and shade. Let’s get started!
Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.
1. Create the Silhouette of the African Continent
Create a new document in Photoshop, the aspect ratio should be the same, the preferred size is 1250 × 1250 px, resolution 300 dpi.
Copy / paste the silhouette of the African continent onto our working paper, zoom in. Create a new layer below the layer with the glued image of Africa. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer with the African continent up to 50%. Set the foreground color to black and using a hard brush, circle the outline of Africa.
The result, which should turn out.
Change the background color to black, and then fill the shape of the African continent with white. In the end you should have a simple basis.
After we have created the figure of Africa, then we will draw an elephant inside the created figure. Create a new layer as a clipping mask to the layer with the main shape. Using the original image of the elephant as a guide, draw the basic elements of the elephant.
Next, just enjoy creating a beautiful scene! Draw a simple landscape with trees and grass. You can see the final sketch in the screenshot below.
2. Paint a sketch
Let’s start first, create several layers on top of the layer with the African continent as clipping masks so that the brush does not go beyond the contours of the continent’s shape. It is necessary to paint on each layer, the colors are shown in the screenshot below.
Now let’s add some shadows. Create a new layer as a clipping mask to the layer with the base, change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply). Using tool Pipette (Eyedropper Tool (I)), take color samples from each image element, and then begin painting the shadows.
Using tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), gradient color from green to transparent, gradient style Linear (Linear), add a gradient to the ground. This will help us to highlight the image of an elephant so that it does not merge with the background.
Using the same technique, do the same with the sky, only this time use the blue color of the gradient. Since layer modes are set to Multiplication (Multiply), the gradient will automatically look darker.
Since the picture began to look a little dark, let’s light it up a little. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Now using a large soft white brush, add lighting to the scene. Since The sun is on the right, then I will concentrate the main light and the lighting in this part of the scene.
It’s time to add some texture! The best way to make something realistic is to just make sure that the drawing does not look smooth. Use the brush to beat this effect. a piece of chalk (Chalk) from a standard set of brushes. Paint over the image to add texture.
Another way to add texture to an image is to study the original images closely. Zoom into the original photo of the elephant to understand the texture of the elephant’s skin, as well as the folds of the skin. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Linear clarifier (Add) (Linear Dodge (Add)) and using a white brush, paint light highlights on the elephant’s skin to accentuate these folds.
So, we have created an excellent basis, now we can focus on the details of the picture. Using the hard brush that we used earlier, begin to refine the details on the image of an elephant. Make sure to Rigidity (Hardness) the brush was set to 100%, so the lines will be beautiful and clear.
Do not forget the background! Paint the grass – it’s very easy. Just brush strokes should be longer to show grass on the ground. Add dark grass fragments to show areas of shade, and add light green grass to light patches of land.
Outline the clouds and trees with a hard round brush, and then use a soft brush of soft shades to paint over the clouds to add some airiness to them.
When the Sun is located behind the object, in such cases, a light edge may appear. Therefore, add a highlight along the outline of the image of the elephant to the right with a white brush, and also add more light to areas where more sunlight falls. Finally, draw beautiful flowers to show the foreground of the composition.
And that is all! If you prefer a white background, just change the background color. Or experiment with different color shades to create a beautiful effect! I hope you enjoyed this lesson, wish you a pleasant time doing it!