Learn to Create Double Exposure Portrait using Photoshop

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Hello everyone, this is Julian again, and I going to bring you another great Photoshop Tutorial, for today we’re going to Learn to Create Double Exposure Portrait using Photoshop.

The two images that we will be using today are as follows,

Any variations on these images should do the job very nicely.

The look I will be going for being cause it is currently winter here where I am living is a cold somber look as if the subject is thinking about where to go in life or something like that or where do we come from.

Haha, so that’s just a little Artistic thinking I wanted to share with you.

The first thing that you will have to do is to create a selection of the Model.

So to do this I’m going to use the Polygonal Tool, you can use the Pen Tool to or just whatever works for you, in this case, I think the Polygonal Tool will be best for me.

Create a Selection.

Then create a mask by clicking where I’ve shown below.


Just as a quick tip, you can actually get an image like standard stock images, you will find many that have a plain background and if you use these then you can speed up the selection process by using the Magic Wand Tool.

The next step is, you have to create a solid colour layer, you do this by clicking the Icon next to the Mack icon on the right-hand side.

Then choose Solid Colour which will be the first option there.

Choose White and click OK.

Once you have your solid colour image, click and drag it below your current layer.

Next, I want you to add a Black and White Adjust adjustment layer, you will find this in the exact same place as you found the Solid Colour Layer only it will be a little further down the list.

Make sure that this layer is positioned above the other layers as shown above.

Now it’s time to add your other image to our current work, so select it and copy and paste.

You may have to resize your image and Darken it up a little using Levels

So with this front image, you will want to now change the Blending Mode to Screen.

You do this by clicking on the Dropbox in the Layers Panel, the Dropbox option should say Normal as a default, if it doesn’t then you probably know about Blending modes already if not then you will find it in that Panel and it is right beside Opacity.

Ok so at this stage you should have some what of an interesting picture in front of you, looks pretty cool as doesn’t it?

Well, we’re not done yet, let’s look at improvising this just that little bit more 🙂

So if you want to go with a colour you can but I want to create a Black and White image and have a lot of contrast in it so it looks really intense.

What you can do then is create another Black and white adjustment layer just like we did before but this time it will be at the top of the stacking order in the Layers panel, if it’s not the click and drag it there.

Then right-click on it and click on Create Clipping Mask.

This will then attach that layer to that image and that image only, so it will not tamper with any of the others.

In the Presets you will see a list of options choose High Contrast Blue Filter.

This will now intensify the image.

Ok so we’re nearly done, what I would do now if to create another Levels layer and play with this a little more just to try to create some cool custom contrasts for extra impact, sometimes you may not be successful in increasing impact, the image may not allow it or it’s just at a point where it’s perfectly fine.

So the last part is to create a Gradient Map, this is also optional, it’s just for a little extra flair.

Check it out, this is our final image.

I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s very cool, I can image using this on a poster or album cover.

Talk to you again.

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Graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Art & Design, I started exploring my way in Graphic Design and Professional Post Production. Full-time freelancer since 2011.

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