Double Exposure

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a double exposure picture, an effect that can be used in your header images, banners or just simple photo manipulations.

The pictures I am going to use are these two (you can use what picture you like):

The first step is to open the first picture in Photoshop. After that just make it a cutout because we are going to need a white background for the effect to work. If you want to use the same picture for your graphic, just use this cutout I made.

Now let’s create a picture a new file that has the size a little bit higher that out cutout. This cutout has the size 593×795 so I am going to create a new file that has the size 593×800 (this will come in hand later). So just paste your cutout.

The next step is to paste the second picture (make sure that it is over our cutout):

Now we are going to set the Blending Option to Screen. And this is our result:

If you want to add a different background than the white one, here is the trick. Select the magic wand tool, then select the layer that has your cutout in it, press in the image anywhere in the background (to select the areas inside the cutout press Shift and click on the background in that area), then go to the layer with the second picture in it and then press Delete. This will delete the rest of the overlay layer, and will leave only the shape of the cutout. Click on the picture to see it in full size:

Next, I cropped the photo so the space between the photo and the margin will go away. The I made the background. It is very simple. Take this texture and paste it over the white background. Set the opacity to 20%. After that take this texture and paste it over the one before. Set the bleding option to Pin Light and the opacity to 7%. This is what it should look like:

Now let’s add another texture. I am using this texture because it has a nice model on it. Then I am going to place it on the background three times. You can use ctrl+t to rotate it and make it smaller. I used the eraser tool to erase everything that came one over another. So the first step is putting in in the right side. I erased everything that I didn’t wanted in the picture and I set the opacity to 85%.

I used the same texture and I put it on the left side of the picture. I also erased everything I didn’t wanted in the picture and I also set the opacity to 85%. I used ctrl+T to rotate the texture.

I added the texture one more time on the top side of the photo, I did the same thing as before – I erased the extra parts of the texture and set the opacity of the layer to 85%. Also I used the erase tool to make the triangle a little more transparent:

After that I wanted to exmphasize the golden lights so I added a dark orange (#ec7d24) sprays of paint over them and set the layer to overlay:

And the last thing we have to add is the text. I used #030c39 – dark blue shade for the font. The secret is: add the text, set the blending mode to Overlay and then duplicate the layer (the duplicated layer should also have overlay blending mode). The second picture is with the text layer duplicated.

Now right click on one of the layers and select merge visible. Go to Image » Adjustments » Brightness and Contrast and set the Brightness to 12 and the Contrast to 14, then click ok. After that go to Image » Adjustments » Hue/Saturation and set it like in this picture:

The next step is to go to Image » Adjustments » Curves and set the Output to 168 and the Input to 167:

The last step is the go to Image » Adjustments » Color Balance and set the values in the pictures below:

This is the final result:

Of course you can adjust the coloring, the brightness and the contrast as you like. I hope you found this tutorial useful and that you will use it. If you are trying this, please send me your result, I am curious. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.