How to Make a Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

In Artwork Skills, Image Editing Skills
Double Exposure Photoshop Tutorial

This article will show you how to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop. You will learn how to apply layer masks to your images and learn how to work with them.

In the making process, you will go through several easy steps. So this tutorial is appropriate for beginners who want to improve image editing skills using Adobe Photoshop.

What is Meant By Double Exposure?

In digital imaging, double exposure is a combination of two different images which are visible in a single shape, in which each image’s exposure is overlapping to each other. Making a double exposure effect can be done using a digital imaging app. One of the most commonly used is Adobe Photoshop. The combination of two exposures in one shape can often be shown in digital art.

Here I’m going to explain what you’ll do in the steps of making a double exposure effect using Photoshop. But please watch the following video to practice how to make a double exposure in Photoshop.

Double Exposure Photoshop Tutorial

In image editing, you’ll oftentimes need to cut out the subject or model from your image either for changing the background or manipulation. This tutorial will guide you to do so. You will make a selection over the subject and fix the selection around the edges such as around the hairs or hat’s fur. What you’ll learn in to use Photoshop’s refine edge tool to fix selection around the details of the subject.

Photoshop Refine Edge Tool


You will also see how to adjust a Black & White adjustment layer and change any color either to black or white. Then applying any adjustment layer only to a specific layer by creating it as a clipping mask.

Adding a black and white adjustment layer in Photoshop.


Then, you will also learn how to apply the second image to the model image. So it the two images would be overlapping. To do so, you’ll need to make the second image as a clipping mask for the model image layer. And up to this step you are going to play with the brush tool on the second image’s clipping mask to expose the model image by brushing it with black and expose the second image by brushing it with white.

How to make a double exposure in Photoshop.


And the last step you are going to add a curves adjustment layer and making it a clipping mask for the model image. You will need an adjustment layer to sharpen either or both the highlights and shadows areas of both overlapping images. Because it is applied as a clipping mask, so the background color will not be affected.

Applying a curves adjustment layer as a clipping mask.

Alright. I hope you enjoy the double exposure Photoshop tutorial shown in the video. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for visiting this blog.

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