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Photoshop: Double Exposure Effect using Layers, Masks & Color Adjustment Layers

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Choosing your Images

    • 3. Setup your Photoshop Project

    • 4. Beginning your Composition

    • 5. Masking & Creating Transparency

    • 6. Blending Your Layers into a Double Exposure

    • 7. Color Magic with Hue/Saturation adjustment layers

    • 8. Exporting and Finishing your Creation

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to work with layers in Adobe Photoshop to create a double exposure effect. 

Developing the control you have using blend modes, layer masks, clipping masks and other awesome tools in Photoshop will serve you well in this and other projects.

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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: so hearing for a shop, we're gonna have a look at how we create this double exposure effect. We're gonna look at a couple of extra tips and tricks for creating some cool color effects on controlling the kind of that you have in the different layers when you're creating these double exposures. If you have a look on Google and do a search for double exposures in for a shock, you'll see a lot of great examples of artists who are working with these double exposures. And these are just a few quick examples that we can see up here, where organic imagery has been mixed with a silhouetted portrait or image on. This is what we're gonna have a look at creating today. Now, in this class, you're gonna cover a lot of great skills we're gonna look a working with layers were gonna would look at working and generating transparency using masks. We're gonna be working with hue and saturation adjustment layers to modify the blend of our images. So we're going to cover a lot of great techniques will be useful when you're creating these double exposures, but also in other work that you do in adobe for shop. So hit, Subscribe and we're gonna dive straight in. Andi, have a look at getting our project files set up on then go into working on this double exposure technique. 2. Choosing your Images: so that's jumping to photo shop. And let's have a look at the type of imagery that we can use in these double exposure kinds of effects. So we're gonna be looking at creating a single double exposure effect. But I just wanted to show you some of the images that you could think about using. So one image type that you can use to critics effect is brushstrokes that you've generated info shop. So I've just used one of the standard brushes info shop that has a tape on it. And we can use this dark gray and white image to create a double exposure effect where we're overlaying this on top of a portrait. Okay, And that kind of portrait you want is something where you can crop the background out easily, either by drawing around the image yourself or by using one of the selection tools inversion. We'll have a look at how we do that. I'm in here. We can also use some silhouetted trees that we have here a swell. You might also want to have an urban theme for your image that you could use some houses, some tower blocks, and you could blend those images quite nicely together and we'll cover all those different techniques. And then you can get more creative and start to think about other organic forms that you could mix into a portrait. So here we have the remnants of the winter rice in a callow it in the north east of Canada , and we could use this texture worked really well in this double exposure former. 3. Setup your Photoshop Project: So the first immigrated here in for a shop is set apart projects we're gonna go to file new and we're going to set up standard US paper letter sized document. I'm just gonna change the width to 11 on the height to 8.5 so that we have ah, landscape project that we're gonna work with will work at 300 pixels per inch and will leave the rest of the options that we have here as they are. So let's click, OK, and we'll go straight away to file, save us, and we're gonna save our working project onto the desktop. So I'm gonna type in double exposure as my project name, and I can see here that I've actually got this set up currently is a J pick. So I'm gonna drop down on change the format to first shot. We're gonna be working the layers we need that dot psd set up on Dwell click safe. So now we have our projects up. Let's go ahead and grab our portrait image and generate the first set of transparency that we're gonna be using 4. Beginning your Composition: So now we're gonna jump into our portrait image on. We're gonna grab this entire image and drop it onto our worship document. So with these two files open, I can grab the move tool. In fact, a shop. I can click on the image here, click and hold out, and then drag this up to the tab and it will jump to the double exposure image. And I can just drop that image right in there. And you can see this image is dropped in a nice size. So we've got a little bit of base to play with us. A nice, high resolution image that we can work with. One thing we might want to do here is just right Click on our image. Here I go to convert small object. And that just means that if we make any scale changes, then we don't lose any quality in our image. So I'm just gonna transform this down a little. So command and t toe bring up the transform options. I'm gonna hold down shift as I do this to keep this in proportion. We don't want to distort our image. So hold down shift. Keep your image in proportion. And then once you've got it re scaled, I'm just gonna hit to return on the keyboard to reschedule my image. 5. Masking & Creating Transparency: something. I set up my first set of transparency here, and I'm gonna come to my tool bar on the left, and I'm gonna be using the quick selection tool. Have a nice edge to this image. It's nice. Clear, sunny day. So lots of light in that image. And this is something to consider When you take your images for this effect and that is toe . Make sure that you've got a nice plane background. The beach works perfectly here. So now I'm just gonna make sure I'm on the default option for my quick selection tool. And I'm gonna drag up through this image. I should do a pretty good selection of that image. Okay, so we grabbed the whole image. I still got some gaps in here, so I'm just gonna jump in down here, and I'm going to switch to my magic One tool. Okay, So with my magic, until I'm gonna hold down the l key on the keyboard and just click in these gaps to grab this extra bit of selection here, and I might just wanna take a few steps back there. I'm just gonna increase my tolerance toe 32 up here so I grab a bigger selection. Better selection. Okay, so we're grabbing a nice selection off those caps there now. So essentially here. We've got everything selected pretty well except for the rim of this glass here. So I'm gonna use the magic one tool again. And hopefully by clicking a few times, then holding down shift, add to my selection should be ableto grabbed the rim of my classes. There's a nice bit of contrast in the and that's looking pretty good. I'll remove this section my holding down cults. And now I've got a nice selection so we can go ahead and do now is come down to our layer and click on the add layer mask button down here and we get that nice transparency. Okay, so this is the base transparency for image, and we're going to think about which one of these images we want to bring in here. Now, there is another option here as well. On that is to use one of the filters, and Photoshopped allows us toe render out trees so we can actually create trees that we can use here in Adobe Photo shop. So I'm gonna add a new layer here now on this new layer before actually add the tree in here. I want to fill this with white. OK, we don't want transparency on this layer. We need to have the tree on a white background. So I'm gonna go to edit Phil on making sure I've got this layer to selected. I'm gonna fill this with white, okay? And I'm gonna go to filter Rendah Andi tree, and this is going to allow me to render out tree and I can play with the light direction here. I can play with the number of leaves on my tree. I can play with the leaf size, and each time you do this, it's gonna render out a slightly different tree. I'm not gonna go into the advanced options here. You can play around with those at a late stage on this. Looks like it's gonna work pretty well for what we want. So I'm gonna click OK here, and we're gonna have Ah, nice tree rendered out on this layer 6. Blending Your Layers into a Double Exposure: So now once we've done this, we can begin to blend this with the layer behind. So if I right click on my layer here, I can go to create clipping mask Onda. We're gonna have straight away the silhouette blended with that tree so I could move my tree layer around, Okay, Until I'm happy with the the way that it's falling. Okay, Now we're gonna add in on a different layer some elements off the original image. So we get this kind of nice blend. So now that we've got the basic tree in there, we're gonna go ahead and have a look at how we can start toe blend this on another layer on top so that we get this nice fluid blend from the trunk of the tree up into the portrait. Okay, so the first step we're gonna go through here is to duplicate this this layer. So I'm gonna hold on the okey and just drag this layer up, okay? Which is gonna add a brand new layer? Andi, I'm gonna delete the contents of this clipping mask. So, actually, I'm just gonna fill it with black, so we hide this layer, so I'm going to shift, Hold down shift and tattered five to bring up the fill. And just make sure that you've got these four white corners around your mast there because otherwise you're gonna still the actual image with black son in a click, OK? And it's gonna hide that layer. So what we can do with this in a second? As we're gonna use a brush toe toe, bring some white back onto this clipping mask to blend back in some of the original image. But first of all, I just wanna have a look at this layer. So here, with the tree, we can come in here and start to blend it with some of the blend most that we have so we can play around with these a little bit, But make sure you've got the tree layer selected, and I'm gonna come to here and just go to screen for the start, okay? And you can see we start to get this nice blend off those two layers together. So we have dark parts, the image we get the leaves on where we have a lighter parts. The image such a face. We're getting this kind of nice blend off that image. So with this layer above, I'm going to right click on it and create clipping mask so that it clips to the air the image on. Then I'm gonna grow the brush tool. Just make sure I've got my letter mar selected and I'm gonna jump up here back to one of my default brushes. A nice soft brush on I'm going to right click here and just increase the size of this brush . So for this image that I'm working on somewhere around 500 pixels is gonna be a nice size. I'm gonna drop the capacity here, so I'm not painting ah, 100% onto this layer on. Then I'm going to flip my colors. So what's in the foreground now? As I paint on here, it's going to begin to paint back in some of the original image. Okay? And we're over the top of Thea the clipping mask here. So we can actually, if we keep painting, we can just keep reducing parts of the tree or adding in parts the tree where we I want there to be those leaves direct. So you can see here that as we're brushing this back in and I'm jumping between white, My foreground color and black is my foreground color. By tapping the X key here, I congratulate bring in some of that detail on that face, but also keep some of the tree like detail that we have here as well. Okay, so that's essentially how toe do the basic double exposure. And you can see where you've got an image like this. We can really make it look like that person is growing up and out of the tree. And we can even come back down into the image below and start to blend in different parts of that image. Okay, so I could add another layer of a tree below here. I can if I hide these legs now on. Just change this from screen to normal. You can see we've got the full tree in the background there. So as I overlay these, what I can do is if I come to the bottom layer Here it's Aiken. Use my black brush. So just gradually remove some of these remnants off the my hands and stuff down there. So we really get this kind of nice blend, and I'm using the square brackets just left of the return key here just to allow me toe really blend things in here. And we're just hold down the Elke here and drag the layer mask from this third layer down to the tree that we duplicated so that we keep that transparency. Andi removed the edges of the tree that Okay, so we got our basic blend here. Now we're gonna go have a look at how we can use some hue and saturation adjustment layers to create different type of effect for this tree. 7. Color Magic with Hue/Saturation adjustment layers: So for the hue and saturation adjustment layers here, I'm going to go to my top most layer and I'm gonna add first of all, a hue saturation adjustment layer. I'm going to right click on this and had it straight into that clipping mask so we don't affect the whole image. So it's better that clipping mask. I'm gonna change this to colorize and you can see we begin to cull, arise that entire image. So with the hue and saturation adjustment layer, I can move through and find color that I'm happy with. And then also in this white clipping mask for the hue saturation adjustment layer, I can grab the brush to again and begin with my black in the foreground. So I just switched these round on the bottom of the toolbar here and I on the lower opacity . I can begin to blend back in some of this color that we have here. So you can see we get this nice blend of those natural colors with the tree here that's also accepting its hue and saturation adjustment layer. So the aim here to crack nice fluid blend, you can see works really well, we're kind of moving up through this image 8. Exporting and Finishing your Creation: So now once we're happy with that, we can go ahead and say this to upload it. So I'm gonna go to file export. I'm going to use the legacy Safer web. Andi in here. We're going to save as a medium quality J peg. I'm gonna reduce the resolution a little bit. So, Natexis, down to 50%. So 16 50 by 12. 75. Andi, if we just have a look at this, you can see we've now got this nice image that we can export out. So a press save we'll save it is double exposure. So I look forward, Toa seeing what you're working on in this project on and let me know if you any questions, any point during the course, and I look forward to seeing your projects.