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Creating the Double Exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop

teacher avatar Xenia Sorokina, Illustrator & Graphic designer

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4 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is a double exposure

    • 3. Preparing the first image

    • 4. Creating double exposure effect

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About This Class

In this class, we’re going to learn how to make a double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop. 

We'll start by exploring what the double exposure is, continue by making some preparations and finish up with the completed picture.

After completing this class, you'll be able to apply the double exposure effect to any picture you like.

You can find the images on the free stock websites, such as or Or if you want to take the pictures that were used in this class, check out the project and resource tab. 

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Xenia Sorokina

Illustrator & Graphic designer


Hello there!

I'm Xenia, and I'm an illustration and graphic design enthusiast. I know firsthand how complicated and confusing the new software, tools and simply learning new skills could be, so I'm here for all the neophytes and enthusiasts to help you with learning new things. 

So if you want to learn something new or refresh already known but forgotten knowledge about Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Procreate and digital illustrations in general - you're more than welcome to join the creative journey!


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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. My name is Kseniya in them, an illustrator and graphic designer. In today's class, we're going to be creating at ranging double exposure effort in Adobe for the shop will start by making some preparations and finish up with completed double exposure picture. So if you're raising launches software and let's begin. 2. What is a double exposure : so the double exposure is a combination off. Two or more overlapping pictures of that creates a single image. It is used all over the Internet in magazines and advertisements. You can take a look and Google pigs by such in the double exposure, and you'll see that all the pigs have something in common. The distinctive features on these pictures and the whole double exposure effects are most of the pictures are taken in profile. They all are pretty cool interest. And most of the times the main picture is black and white. So for this class will need a deal before the show and two pictures. You can find the pictures on the free Stoke image websites, such as On Splurged Out, Cold or stock walt dot Net. Or you can use your own pictures. And if you just want to try and don't want to search for images, you can take the pictures that we used in this class, and you can find them in a project. And Russell stop at sanity. For those who are searching for the pictures, make sure that the background off the main picture with a person is breaching you. Troll and it doesn't have some noisy elements, so you won't suffer while getting rid of them in an upcoming future. So I'll take these two images. The one with the guy is gonna be the main feature, and the 2nd 1 with a city landscape is going to create a double exposure effect. Let's start by preparing the first picture. I took this picture, and it's already originally black and white, and if you're searching for an image, you don't need to look for specifically black and white photos. You can see exit. Call it one, and it will make it black and white later, anyway. 3. Preparing the first image: so to make the preparations, we need to do the follow him. Firstly, go to the tuber on the left and find a quick selection to. They still will help us to select the Sylhet off the person and get rid off the backgrounds . Go alone the shape and select all the element that need to be selected with the left mouse button. You also can select the objects with a less it so all the magic want. So about the quick selection to Israeli quick and easy to use. Zoom the canvas using the control plus and make sure that you selected everything we need. If you selected some extra spaces, you can fix it by holding down the alky. And there's a like this. Areas with the left mouse bottom when everything is selected, when you to go to select, select and mask in older versions of Photoshopped, this option called refined edge. So when you click on this option, you'll get into this isolated properties window Wake and make some adjustments. Firstly, choose of you mode as overlay, and all the on selected areas would be colored differently. Here you can find the capacity slider and you can decrease or increase in this value to a more convenient level. So let's move on to the adjustments for this picture. Let's said the adjustments these way. Radios one pick so smooth, 7% co interest, 10% shaved edge, 12%. So the radios determines the size on this election border in which eight refinement a cures used as small radios for a sharp ages and a large one for this off the once smooth reduces irregular areas in the selection border to create a smooth for outline. When you increase the contrast, soft edge transitions along the selection border become more abrupt. Shift edge moves. Soft edged borders invert wizard negative values or outward with the positive ones. Shifting these borders inwards can help remove unwanted background colors from selection edges. You can play with this well used by yourself. Just pay attention to the edges. All the values and the percentage depends on the quality, all the photo you have and how noisy background is. If you see that your edges are not so clean and meet some fixings, you can say the brush toe on the left toolbar. Enter. Find the edges manually. Hold down the alky to end this red mask and use just the mouse left button when you're working on the main area with the person. When you're done with this, all way to do is to check this their contaminate colors, books and a justice lighter to 20% Decontaminate colors replaces color fringes, with the color off full of selected pixels nearby. The strength off color replacement is proportionate to a softness off selection edges. So when you check these books, let's click. OK, now get back on our main workspace, and if you look at the lace panel, you'll see that we have a copy off the previously and it has known the ground on it. And let's move on to the next step. Click on the background Lee and unlock it. Click on the icon called Create New Field or Adjustment layer in the pop up window, click on solid color in the color picker window. Choose the solid white color, and now our background is white. After that, we can work on the person, so select delay with the guy. And if you're using the different for which is in black and white units to click on the create you feel or adjustment Lee. I can end in the pop up window. Click on black and whites. Enter the new popped up window, click on Say, I can on the bottom, and it will apply the adjustments toe all the layers below. When your picture is black and white, it's time to add some co interest. So again, click on to create you. Feel or adjustment Lee I can and knowing you to choose the curves, enter the U popped up window. Click on this icon on the border and apply the adjustments toe all the layers below. Now let's play a bit with the curves, you contract the curve up and down in a different places. For now, let's just make the picture look more Kwan trust. And if you're not happy, whether results after applying the double exposure effect, you can always get back to the Slayer and fix the adjustments, and the preparations part is complete in the next part of a class will move on to the double exposure effect, which will achieve by combining two images 4. Creating double exposure effect : so firstly willing to take the second picture and open it or move it from the other step into the main documents. When we have our second picture into the main documents, we need to use a control T to transform it, move it and make it bigger. When you're done with placing the picture, click on OK, I can on the upper toolbar during the next step, we need to apply this picture the way it would feel only the area without person on the previous image. And to achieve this win, it's a magnetically been masked. So go to the last panel. Choose a lay with the second image. Click on it was right mouse button and click Create sleeping mask. And now the second image is Onley, overlapping the needed areas. When you're done with this step, you can get back to place in the picture. If you need it, just think they move toe or transform, too. Now let's move on to the next step. We need to go through the last panel and click on this icon called at Vector Mask. After that, we to go to the tuber and take the brush to select the basics off brush and decrease or increase the flow to 18 20%. Make sure that the foreground color into the color boxes is black. And also make sure that in the last panel now selected the white Vector Mask books, not the actual picture. When all the preparations are done, ho volume Oscars air over the picture and starts softly painting all of the place where the face is. Try to avoid making very sharp ages. We need to get this smooth picture transition effects. When you're done, you can go to the lace panel and play bit with a blending modes. Click on this arrow near the work normal and check what other blending Moore's could offer you for these picture. I'll choose the light and blending Mort, and if you still need to some kind, transform or move the second picture, you can click on this chain. I can't between the second image and the vector mask and fix a position with the move or transformed too and out. Double exposure effect is ready. I hope you found this class helpful, and if you liked it, please check out the other classes given. Follow and leave your review And thanks for watching