How To Create a Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

How To Create a Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

Have you ever wondered how to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop? In this tutorial, we are going to create the popular double exposure effect. The double exposure effect is a great way to tell stories and give your photos a deeper meaning. So get creative! In case you are interested, I have also done a tutorial on how to create a double color exposure effect.

If you rather save your time, I have created a double exposure action that will create the double exposure effect with one click. View the Double Exposure Action.

Double exposure action
You’ll need Photoshop CS or CC to follow along with this tutorial.  If you don’t have Photoshop, download Photoshop CC. Let’s get started. First, download the photos listed below.



Step 1

Open the photo of the woman, then place (file -> place) the forest so that it covers the woman completely. Set the blending mode of the forest to Lighten. The lighten blending mode works great for these photos but if you are using different photos, you might need to try out different blending modes, such as Screen.

Step 2

Add a layer mask to the forest layer and take a big soft brush and paint with black on the layer mask to hide the forest from everywhere else except her hair and eyes.

Step 3

Add Curves adjustment layer. Add Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and set the Saturation to -68.

There you go, your double exposure image is ready.

Double exposure


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