Double Exposure Photoshop Tutorial – Easy and powerful!


In this tutorial I show you how to create
a double exposure effect in Photoshop, using a portrait and a photo with some pine trees. The final result is really amazing so join
me and I will show you step by step how you can achieve this. Hey everyone, I’m Criss and welcome to my channel. You will need 2 photos to create this effect In photoshop. I have a portrait of this model posing to
the camera and this photo with some pine trees. which is.. a bit boring but it’s very important
for my composition. To obtain a nice double exposure effect, you
will need to have a white background behind your subject so I’m gonna be using the pen
tool to make a selection around the model. You can hit the P on the keyboard and then
start making the selection. I will not teach you how to use the pen tool
this time, I assume you know this already, so I’m speeding up the video a little until
my selection is ready. I’m using the pen because it’s a very
precise tool in Photoshop. But I want to ask you… which tool is your
favorite when making selections? Please leave your answer in the comments section. Ok, I’m done with the selection, I’m gonna
right click.. and choose Make Selection. I’m gonna create a layer mask to get rid
of the background so I’m clicking this icon to create a layer mask. Ok, the background is hidden now.. but you
can enable it at any point if you click on the layer mask while holding down the SHIFT
key. And because we used the pen tool to create
the selection, Photoshop has recorded the pen tool path and it’s located here in the
Paths tab, you can see it here.. it’s called Working Path. So if I loose my selection I can always come
back here and re-enable it by holding down CTRL and clicking on it. You see.. the selection is back again. I’m going back to the layers panel because
here is the important part of the tutorial. Let’s rename this layer to… model. In the end I want to have a white background
behind the model so what I will do now is to create a new adjustment layer called Solid
Color. Just choose white here.. and then click OK. Right.. if I look in the layers panel.. my
background is on top of the model layer so I will drag it down to the bottom and rename
it.. “background”. Now it’s time to bring the photo with the
trees into my document. Just choose the Move tool and drag this image
here. If the photo with the trees is bigger than
this document, you will have to resize it. Hold down the SHIFT when you scale it down
to maintain the proportions. When you’re done, just press enter. Let’s rename this layer to TREES ….. and
then with the layer still selected I will choose the Screen Blending Mode. Now.. what I need to do with an image like
this.. is to create contrast between the trees and the sky. So I need to make the sky brighter, the trees
darker and also I need to convert this image to black and white. I will add a black and white adjustment layer
and I’m gonna clip it to the trees layer. This means I only apply this effect to the
layer underneath. And I have some presets here, they can be
tested but I will choose this one: High Contrast Blue filter. A quick before and after just to see what
I’ve just done here. So with this adjustment layer I just got rid
of the green areas down here, I created more contrast and the Screen blending mode is doing
the job really well. If I put this layer on normal, you can see
the difference immediately. Basicaly, I have a high contrast black and
white image with some trees. I will put this back to screen blending mode
now. The next thing to do.. is to move the trees,
until I find the best spot in the head area… here. I Make sure the trees layer is selected, I
grab the move tool and I move left and right, up and down, until I’m happy with the result. You can also use the keyboard arrows to move
the image and if you want to move it faster, hold down shift and press the arrow keys. So let’s try something like this… it looks
great. Now I Want to take care of this area right
here, the head of the model is still visible in the background. You can see it as a light grey… and also..
here I can see the edge of the trees layer because I just moved the layer so I need to
fix these 2 things now. I will add a levels adjustment layer, clip
it to the Black and White layer by holding down ALT or OPTION on a MAC or by right clicking
on the layer and choosing Create Clipping Mask. Ok…You need to drag this highlights slider
to the left, while keeping an eye at the grey area, where the head is. Make sure you go just until the grey disappears…
don’t go too far because you will affect the trees aswell and you don’t want that. Ok… this is solved now, I will rename this
layer and call it Head so let’s repair the neck area now. I’m adding a new Levels Adjustment and I
will drag the mid point slider to the right until I see that the white edge on the neck
slowly disappears. But I don’t want to apply this adjustment
on the whole trees layer… I want to apply it only on the neck area so
I will use the layer mask now… I’ll invert it to make it black so the effect
is not visible and I will grab the brush tool. I reset the background and foreground colors
by pressing D and then I press X to have the white as a foreground color. I lower the flow to 10-15 percent and then
I brush over this area here slowly until the edges will be gone..and also I brush over
some unwanted parts on the neck… so with this Levels Adjustment I affected a custom
area, just here on the neck. Let’s rename this layer and call it Neck. Ok… now if I zoom in here, I can see the
ear of the model and I want to hide this.. so.. make sure you select the model layer..
add a curves adjustment, create a point here and drag it down to darken the image. The curves adjustment already has a layer
mask so I invert it to black by pressing CTRL + I And then I take a white brush and hide this
part here. I think it looks better now… the ear was
a bit distracting, honestly. Let’s take a look at the whole image before
making the final adjustments by pressing ctrl and zero… by the way if you enjoy this video
please hit the like button, it’s appreciated. Ok… it’s time for tips and tricks now… If I click on the background layer where I
have pure white… and I try to choose a light grey…. Look what happens… I can start seeing parts of the trees layer…
near the model… and that looks so cool and I will leave it like this. If you like the look of the image now… you
can stop here..it looks great but I would love to color grade it a bit.. … maybe some
brown in the shadows and some…. Light blue in the highlights… I’m selecting the neck layer because I’m
adding a gradient map layer which will go right on top of this one. I will name it… “color grading”. Let’s choose some nice colors here… for
the shadows .. I will write 84562e …. And for the highlights 9bf7eb. Hit OK…. and I will put this layer on Soft
Light blending mode… you can see the difference if you hide and unhide the color grading layer…
it makes a big difference and I hope you like it too. If you have questions or if you have anything
else to say about this video please use the comments section below and please share this
video. What you see on the screen now is a link to
a playlist with all my videos so make sure you check them out before you leave. Until next time, don’t forget to subscribe
to my channel for more content and to follow me on twitter, Instagram and facebook. I’m Criss, have a great day and thanks for
watching.

100 Replies to “Double Exposure Photoshop Tutorial – Easy and powerful!

  1. Check out my entire playlist of Photoshop tutorials : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGbD-4PmycQhMCmbTVfWnuhECxFA1m9MW

  2. ¿Tiene usted los totorales en idioma español? por que en ingles me cuestan la misma vida si los tiene por favor indique el acceso. por que me parecen estupendos.Gracias

  3. My favorite is magnetic lasso tool….. n ur video is just amazing… n it's really helpful to learn….. l'm learning from this video n making nearly same picture… thank u

  4. Great video! It was easy to follow along with and you made it easy to remember so that I don't always have to refer back to the video.

  5. I couldn't put second photo onto first one. I am trying to drag as you show, but it doesn't work. Why can't I ? What can be the reason? Please help

  6. This tutorial was fantastic! I thought it was clear and concise. I've only just started with photography and edited. I'm very excited to start getting creative!!!!

  7. How do I change the background colour without effecting my layers, like instead of a white/greyish background i want a more blush pink for it.

  8. Really great video and very informative. Maybe the best of the double exposure ones here in Youtube. This was my first attempt, check it out if you 'd like https://www.instagram.com/p/BZb99XigKbw/

  9. my Photoshop has some problem in displaying, the start bar as well as everything are so tiny that really hard to see, what should i do ?? ( my pc is 64-bit) thanks in advance

  10. It is really fun to watch you, my English is not very good but I have understood everything with you well. Great and thank you!

  11. these adjustments don't work very well for my attempt, also you don't explain how you quickly breeze over changing your brush size and hardness, literally had to pause the video and go change my brush hardness and size to your levels. also by the time you're fading the ear, all the facial features are still hard and unable to be hidden with minor edits. I don't know if you just have the perfect photo pair and have done this a thousand times, but it's not this simple.

  12. SOME OF THE INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO cc "RIGHT CLICK" PRODUCES NO "make selection" option…so I was left w/o direction @ the one minute mark

  13. hello.. new subbie here. thank you for the tutorial. i have a 2 questions. why does the background have to be white? and does the model have to have black hair? sorry if these questions are stupid but i am new to this and i definitely wana try it. thanks once again

  14. It would be great to have the lesson in text version as well to be able to do it step by step. many thanks .denny

  15. I watched several videos on how to do this for a specific project and this was by far the most helpful, it was well explained but not too wordy so I could understand and follow along easily. This made it so simple I can't thank you enough.

  16. hey first off thank you for this tutorial but I've seem to hit a bump, when i went ahead to click the high contrast blue filter it doesn't show up as in i seem to only have two options 1)Default & 2) Custom. Any idea what might be the issue.

  17. All of you guys in these tutorials move cursors waaaay too quickly. Cool it will yaa. It is supposed to be a tutorial. I constantly need to stop and pause and rewind to see what you clicked and I am sure I am not the only one. Great explanation, except that damn speed.

  18. does it really have 2 be a white background?? this one isn't even like a pure white. seem to me like u jsut need a simple background thats not too complex

  19. I ran into one issue. When I added the trees and used screen on blending mode it made the model too light and I lost all detail in her. Not sure what I did incorrectly. 🙁

  20. how did you move the tree image into another project with the model? I used the move tool and drag it like you did but it didn't work~

  21. I wish i had Photoshop!

    Nonetheless i learnt how to make this on Filmora for my viewers.

    Thanks for the inspiration Cristi

  22. I love the way you presented this tutorial. I will try to follow this tutorial, but I use Affinity Photo for the iPad. I wish you made tutorials for Affinity Photo.

  23. I tried this and my background didn’t turn white it’s stil checkerd white and grey. I didn’t use the pen tool. I prefer the quick selection. Why isn’t my background turning white when I hit solid color?

  24. Just a question.
    Can someone explain to me the process of selecting the second image?
    I know Its different for every skin tone.

  25. Pen tool is always the best for making selections, if you want a clean sharp selection, it takes time, but is the best

  26. Definitely amazing job and thanks for it.
    I learned double exposure somehow.

    But I don't understand some of the details, especially about different backgrounds or the order of backgrounds.

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