Double Exposure Photoshop CS6

Double exposure Photoshop effect has been widely used now-a-days by designers to create amazing blending artifacts.

If you are new to this terminology, then double exposure is nothing but blending of two photographs to create a stunning visual. The process of achieving double exposure in Photoshop CS6 is not that difficult. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open your subject image in Photoshop ideally with a white or transparent background but not mandatory.

Step 2: Remove the background from subject image using selection tool. Click & unlock the layer.

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Step 3: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.




Step 4: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Create a new layer and drag it below the subject image layer. Fill the new layer with white colour.

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Step 5: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Open your second image in PS. Copy this image into subject image.

Step 6: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Now you have two overlapping images.

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Step 7: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Drag the subject image layer to desired position against the background image.

Step 8: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Once you are happy with the positioning, go to subject image layer and change the blending mode to ‘Lighten’.

Step 9: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.At this point, you get the raw double exposure effect.

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Step 10: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.To refine this further, add a layer mask to the background image.

Step 11: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Go to layer mask of subject image and CTRL click on it so that the subject is selected. Inverse it using Select -> Inverse.

Step 12: Add a new layer mask using the Mask icon at the bottom.Now go to layer mask of background image, grab the brush tool and paint with black colour. This will remove the parts of background image except the ones in selection.

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There you have it. You just created an artistic double exposure effect in Photoshop. Here’s a great video on Youtube which explains above process.