Friends, Today I will tell you how to make a Double Exposure Effect
Open your chosen image in Photoshop and make any corrections where necessary.
Click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Solid Color.
Fill with white and press OK.
Click on the lock on the ‘Background’ layer – our original image – to turn this into a normal layer that we can move around the stack of layers. Drag this on top of the white-filled layers so it becomes visible again.
Next, we need to cut out our model from the background so she’s sat on a pure white background. The easiest tool for block color backgrounds is the Quick Selection tool.
Create a rough selection around the model.
Use Photoshop’s Refine Edge tool to draw around the edge of the model’s hairline and capture all those fine hairs and details. For full instructions on how to cut out using the Refine Edge dialog, read our Hair masking – How To Cut Out Hair in Photoshop tutorial here.
Once you’re happy with your selection, choose Layer Mask from the Output drop-down menu and click OK.
Rename this layer ‘Bottom Image’ and convert it to Black and White by clicking on the Black and White button in the Adjustments panel.
This is what my image looks like with the Black and White adjustment’s standard settings. We can adjust the results, but it can be easier to just apply another adjustment that does exactly what we want.
Add a Curves layer, also from the Adjustments Panel, and use the pop-up Properties panel to add more contrast to your image where needed.
The darker areas of your image are where the second ‘exposure’ will show through, so make sure you have plenty of dark areas to show through
Now, open your second image in Photoshop. The second image can be anything you wish – I’ve used another pose from the same shoot.
Make any minor adjustments as necessary.
Drag-&-drop the new image into the first document, holding down the Shift key to centralize the image. Resize as necessary by pressing Cmd/Ctrl + T and holding down the Alt key whilst dragging on any of the corner points.
Rename this layer ‘Top Image’ and convert it to Black and White by using the Black and White button in the Adjustments panel.
Next, let’s choose a blending mode that will allow areas of both images to show.
With ‘Top Image’ selected in the Layers panel, pick one of the following four blending modes: Lighten, Screen, Linear Dodge (Add), or Lighter Colour. The results will vary dependent on your own images.
With the Move tool selected (V), experiment with different compositions by moving the ‘Top Image’ layer until you’re happy with the placement.
Depending on how your images are working together, you may want to add another Curves adjustment layer above the ‘Top Image’ layer – or go back and make further changes to your original Curves layer to increase the contrast on the double-exposed areas.
Add a Layer Mask to the ‘Top Image’ layer and, with a soft black brush, mask away any areas of the top mask that you feel don’t sit well with the overall composition.
Here, I’ve brought back some of the eye detailing from the ‘Bottom Image’ layer
Finally, let’s add a hint of color. In the Adjustments panel, click on the Add Hue/Saturation button.
Check the Colorize tick box in the Properties Panel. Slide the Hue and Saturation bars until you reach the desired effect.
Going Forward: You could also experiment with a range of other second images, like this selection of trees I have stored in my photo archives.
Using the same method as shown in steps 7-13, I applied this image of the trees as a ‘double exposure’ for a creepier look.