Fine Art Photography: Create a Double Exposure Self-Portrait in Adobe Photoshop | Nicole Schyns | Skillshare

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Fine Art Photography: Create a Double Exposure Self-Portrait in Adobe Photoshop

teacher avatar Nicole Schyns, Visual Artist

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6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Quick History

    • 3. Choosing Your Images

    • 4. Example: Dancer With Birds

    • 5. Example: Ocean Queen

    • 6. If You Want More

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About This Class

This class will teach you how to easily make a stunning double exposure (self-)portrait in Adobe Photoshop in just a few minutes. The skills you learn during the class project are very useful, basic Photoshop techniques that can be applied to all your future photo editing projects.

Double exposure is a wonderful way to make a very personal self-portrait that you can use in all your social media accounts.


What do I learn?

  • layering multiple images
  • using blending modes
  • photo retouching: making unwanted details disappear using a layer mask and the clone stamp
  • altering colours with a colour balance adjustment layer
  • awareness of visual communication

Who is this class for?

This class is aimed at students of any level. There is no prior knowledge required. You only need to have access to Adobe Photoshop to successfully participate in this class. 

For beginners I provide stock photographs you can play with to quickly learn how to make a digital double exposure (available in the class project section).

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You can find me and my work on instagram and behance.

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Nicole Schyns

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1. Introduction: My name is Nick Oceans, and I'm a visual artist from the Netherlands educated and cross me Here design. For the past eight years, my main focus has been photography and moving image. Today you will learn how to make the double exposure effect all yours to create the portrait you looking for that really tells a story about you and that you can use in all your social media accounts double exposure effect, which you will learn to create in this class is such a wonderful way to create a very personal portrait with a strong message, I will show you how it created this double. Expose yourself poetry of mine, which I recently wanted to talk. If he contest with, we will talk about visual communication to make sure we are telling the stories we want to tell and to play with the magics of vote shop. When you finish this glass, you will be able to work with layers and masks and protea shop, and you will have a self portrait that is not only visually appealing, but telling a story about who you are and what is important to you. And for those who are only looking to learn a quick way to create the double exposure effect. And there we food shop. I provide stock images you can play with. I can't wait to see your portray, so let's get started. 2. Quick History: Let's have a quick look at the history of double exposure before we make our own. Take a look at these gorgeous old images. Some off The first double exposure photographs emerged during the 18 sixties as another source of revenue for photographers. To give their business a boost, they discovered how to make a person appear twice in a frame as if they had a nine identical twin. If you want to take an analog double exposure like this one taken by Christopher Real under today there are two ways of doing this. The first method involves taking two pictures on the same section of film without advancing the film like you would normally do. Some cameras won't let you do this, which you can do then is shooting the whole roll film and rolling it up and placing it a second time into your camera and shooting the second layer on top. This way you will have less control over the outcome, but that can be actually extra fun because it's more of a surprise what the result will be . Make sure to set your camera half is bright because you're exposing from twice the light of day. Otherwise your pictures will be overexposed 3. Choosing Your Images: thanks to digital cameras and software. The double exposures fact. It's really easy to achieve nowadays, so let's take a look at it in this class. We want to create a self portray that tells a story about who you are and what you're passionate about. I chose to merge the self poetry of mine with a field full of wildflowers because I'm currently exploring the relationship between humanity and nature and my art. If you know for example, our landscape photographer, it would be awesome to see yourself become one with your favorite landscape. If you are, let's say, a barista. For example, let's get the coffee flowing right through your veins. Visually, if your painter merge yourself with your painting and so long you get the idea when choosing or making yourself portray, be sure to bring in some contrast. Double exposure is really effective with silhouettes, however, for portray, I would recommend still having some light in your face because we want to see your face. Of course. For example, this self portrait of mine works really well as a double exposure because it is half lit, so there's a lot of darkness on the one side But still, you can see quite some of my face on the other side. Such a portray is quite easily achieved. You actually only need a window or lamp a light background, such as a wall in your home, and maybe someone can take the picture for you. Otherwise, you need a tripod and the camera with a timer. Then sit down with 1/2 off your face. Coast, the window or lamp, and the other half will automatically be in the shadow. You'll see how the second layer merges beautifully into the dark areas. The second layer we already talked about should be based on what you want us to know about you. I definitely recommend experimenting with lots of different images to get a few of how the two layers interact with each other and what you personally like the most. That, of course, will be different to everyone of us. 4. Example: Dancer With Birds: So let's have a look at our first example, the dancer with the birds. I go to file place and select the layer that I want. On top of my dancer, I changed the size of the image to fit my first layer. To do that, I click and hold the corner with my left mouse button, and I am also holding the shift key on my keyboard to keep things in proportion. Now what I noticed is that the woman looks to the left, so I also want the birds flying to the left that makes visually much more sense to do that . I go to edit, transform, and I flipped the layer horizontally. Now we are going to experiment with a blending mode off the bird layer. As you see there quite some options to blend two layers with each other, and I definitely recommend to go through them to have a look at which option speaks to you the most. That might be different. Every time depends on the combination. Off the two photographs you have chosen, I chose been like to be the most intriguing to me in this case. Then play with the size and the placement off the second layer until you're happy. I find pin light to be a little harsh, though, so I decided to lower the A pass iti to make the blending appear. Mosque move Now there some details and the image that I don't like. Some birds that actually don't look like birds anymore. Let's get rid of them. To do that, I create a layer mask. Make sure the layer mask is selected and then choose your brush to. I use a brush with the soft edge and often play with the brushes capacity to when he raising. Make sure the color off the brushes black, because within a layer mask, black will erase details while White brings them back. Zoom in to get a good look at the details you don't like and erase everything until you happy with the results. He are three different results off the same image combination, using different blending options. It's all personal preferences. Keep in mind the message that your end result communicates. As for our dancer with the birds, seeing her portray, I would think she's a ballet dancer that a syriza about her passion. She likes to be in charge of things and probably likes to travel a lot. I can envision her doing a graceful ballet junk that would make her fly just as thes birds are. 5. Example: Ocean Queen: time to practice what we've just learned. In our second example, I go to file place and select the layer that I want on top. This time I will rotate and flip the image because I want the girl's face to merge with the wave. To rotate, I go closer to the corner, click and hold shift on my keyboard and then rotate with my left mouse button to flip. I go to edit transform, and I flipped the layer horizontally. Then I changed the size of the image to fit my first layer again. To do that, I click and hold the corner with my left mouse button, and I'm also holding the shift key again to keep things in proportion. Now it's time for the double exposure effect. For this example, my personal favorite off the blending modes is lighten. Play around with the position off your top layer until you like the result. I like how the splash of the wave beautifully fits into the shape of her under leg. Let's get to the details now. Therefore we create a layer mask again. A layer mask enables us to erase part of Thean image without altering the original layer. We grab our brush. I choose around soft edged brush again. Make sure the color off the brush is black because within a layer mask like will erase details. Well, White brings them back. I just want to have her face a bit more clear now. I don't like the cloud on left off the image, so I want to get rid of it. Therefore, I select my original layer again and rest arise it. This is necessary to be able to work within the original layer. I grabbed my clone stamp and hold the AL key on my keyboard to set the starting point from where I want to clone part of the image. It is usually the best to keep the source off the duplication close to the part that you want to change in order to create a new surface that blends smoothly with its surroundings . So I'll key on the keyboard, left mouse click to set the starting point, and off we go, making the cloud disappear, said new starting points along the way. Until you happy with the results. You can also play with the opacity off the clone stamp to make the blending even more smooth now we could actually call her today. This looks already pretty nice, but let's take this a bit further to make it even better and have some more fun because we will play with the colors now and I really enjoy this part. Therefore, we create an adjustment layer down here. We select color balance. Let's start with the shadows of the image. Look how it enhances the country's off the wave. I love that. I would actually like to have a bit of a some said light feeling to the peace. Let's try to achieve that. We're playing with a Hugh off the highlights and mid tones that looks nice to me. Time for some before and after comparison. Look at the difference. These were our original colors. This is what we've created here three different outcomes of this exercise. While playing around with the images, we shouldn't forget the message. We want our final image to communicate what is very powerful and versatile when it comes to associations. Let me show you how these three images communicate something completely different. Although our model and her expression stays the same in our first image, the girl looks like a queen. She becomes one with the wildness of the ocean and appears powerful and confident. In the second image, she seems much more dreamy, sank and thoughts with an urge for freedom and adventure. Gliding from her shoulder in the vague form of a surfer in the third image, she actually looks sad, uncomfortable. The water is literally up to her neck. The image has an oppressive feel to it, as if she might draw in sorrows. 6. If You Want More: thank you so much for participating in this class. I really hope you had fun playing around food shop. Let's quickly summarize what you've just learned. You've learned how to add layers and photo shop and use the blending options to create a double exposure effect. You now know how to create and use a layer mask to refine the details of your image and how to outer selective colors to create a unique image off your style. Preferences doesn't more. You are now more weird off the visual communication off images. The's scales will be useful and all your upcoming 40 shop projects. Please don't forget to share your artwork in the class project section so me and your fellow students can cheer you on and provide you with feedback. And don't hesitate to ask me any questions along the way, either. I'm here to help. I really hope to see you again soon. Now, if you can't get enough of double exposure, I gather some more inspiration for you. You might enjoy watching this amazing atmospheric video about analog total exposure Photography by Christopher Re lender. You can also have look at the portfolios off. For example, Taylor Ellen, Luke Graham. Every kingdom you and Andreas leave. And of course, you can take more classes on this topic right here on skill ship.