Master Double Exposure, Chapter 01 2 Videos (5:24m)
  • 01 - Introduction to Double Exposure
  • 02 - How to Create a Good Double Exposure
Master Double Exposure, Chapter 02 7 Videos (1:22h)
  • 01 - Create a Double Exposure using Blending Modes
  • 02 - Create a Themed Double Exposure with Gradient Layer Masks
  • 03 - Create a Double Exposure with Color & Dramatic Effects
  • 04 - Create a Multiple Exposure Portrait with Water
  • 05 - Create a Man and City Double Exposure Portrait
  • 06 - Create a Multiple Exposure Portrait with a Forest and Trees
  • 07 - Create a Multiple Exposure Portrait with Stars
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COMBINE MULTIPLE IMAGES FOR DOUBLE EXPOSURE

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How to Master Double Exposure in Photoshop

Description

Creating double exposures has come a long way since the early days of film. With Photoshop, we can quickly and easily combine multiple exposures to help tell the story of our travels, capture a bride and groom with the romantic environment of their wedding, or create out-of-this-world conceptual images that stretch our creativity.

In this tutorial, we start with the basics of what makes a double exposure work and how you can find and capture the best possible images to blend together. Then we walk you through several examples, combining two, three, and up to four different images. Learn to master Blending Modes, Smart Objects, Layers Masks, and more!

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SIMPLE DOUBLE EXPOSURE

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What is a Double Exposure?

While some of the methods for getting a double exposure effect have changed, the definition remains the same. With film, you can take a photo and then, without advancing the film, take another. This results in two images being exposed on the same piece of a film, creating a creative combination. Photoshop gives us the ability to do the same thing with any two (or more photos), with more options and precision than ever before.

Double Exposure Editing in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we show you how to make a double exposure in Photoshop using powerful tools and techniques. Learn to use blending modes, layer masks, smart objects, and more to make stunning double exposures that look both creative and professional.

Multiple Exposures with No Limits

The techniques you will learn in this tutorial are just the tip of the iceberg. Once you’ve mastered these concepts, you can go on to create amazing looks and styles that are all you’re own. Combine this tutorial with How to Master Photoshop Actions, and you can create a tool to automate your double exposure process. You can even use these techniques when editing video using the Photoshop video timeline to create stunning animations and cinemagraphs.

3+ IMAGES EXPOSED TOGETHER

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Work Through Multiple Examples

Come work with us through seven examples, where we combine two, three, and even four images together. We begin with some simple images to illustrate how each tool and technique works. Then we introduce more exciting and challenging effects that will surely get your creative juices flowing.

Tips for Photography & Photoshop

You can blend images with stock photos, your own images, or a combination of the two. No matter where you’re getting the photos from, we break down what to look for in order to make an effective double exposure. We also cover some important tips to keep in mind for multiple exposure photography and capturing your own pictures to put together.

Blending Multiple Exposures

The techniques in this tutorial will provide everything you need to pull images together in Photoshop. Whether you’re combining two images or ten, we show you how to pull elements from multiple sources to integrate into your final photo.

ADD COLOR TO DOUBLE EXSPOURES

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SIMULATE COLOR FILM

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Develop Themes & Ideas

The best part of combining images is the creativity that comes with designing a theme or expressing an idea. Whether you just want to create something original and weird, or you want to wow a client with an exciting new way to communicate a product, event or idea, multiple exposures can make it happen.

Double Exposure Portraits

Tell a story about your subject by combining an photo of them with another photo that helps reinforce the tone that you’re going for. Taking a portrait of a bride and groom? Combine that exposure with pictures of flowers, decorations, and the location of the wedding. Going for something more conceptual? Combine a portrait with images of epic landscapes and rich textures.

Double Exposure Landscapes

From dense forests, to a shining cityscape, to a star-filled sky, landscape images are perfect for combining with other photos in Photoshop. We’ll show you how to integrate elements from a landscape into another picture, such as making buildings pop out of a top hat or blending trees seamlessly with hair.

PAIR SUBJECT WITH ENVIRONMENT

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Double Exposures & Color

Color is a powerful tool for establishing a style and mood. It is also extremely helpful when pulling a composite image together. In this tutorial, we show you how to use color to help nail your theme and combine several images in a seamless and effective way.

Working in Black & White

The best types of photos for creating multiple exposures are also some of the best types of photos for creating memorable black and white images. Learn to identify and take advantage of high-contrast pictures with well-defined shapes and textures that are perfect for combining in Photoshop.

Dreamy & Surreal Effects

Making a multiple exposure image is a great way to get creative with your images. Once you understand the process for effectively blending photos, you can combine these techniques with other conceptual effects like levitation and advanced compositing.

EXPRESS THOUGHTS AND IDEAS

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Blending Modes

Blending Modes in Photoshop make creating and editing double exposure images possible. Quickly and easily isolate the areas of light or dark in an image that you want to be visible. Better yet, we’ll show you how to improve the effectiveness of Blending Modes by combining them with Layer Masks and Levels Adjustment Layers. For more a more in-depth look, check out our PRO tutorial How to Master Blending Modes in Photoshop.

Smart Objects

Making a beautiful and original photo using multiple exposures will often require a lot of experimentation. Learn to use Smart Objects to work non-destructively and quickly make any adjustments to a layer without ever worrying about those adjustments being locked in.

Layer Masks & Adjustment Layers

In order to help our double exposures look their best, we need to use some tools to help refine our work and make sure that we’re only integrating the parts of a photo that we want. Learn to use Adjustment Layers to make Blending Modes more accurate and then use Layer Masks to clean-up any areas for a seamless final image.

Reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just finished the man and the trees. Fantastic had to share on facebook and give credit for your pro site which I put on the picture. Thank you learned so many new things. On to my last example. Can’t rave enough.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    These examples have helped me understand how to combine multiple exposures. Very clear and complete directions. Thank you! I like your style of teaching!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    As ever a great tutorial. What happened to the Urban Explorer birds? Did I miss something?

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was trying this for long time make my mind clear about how to edit double exposure and here Phlearn plays turning point in my life. this tutorial helped me to get cleared about double exposure. you are amazing.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Exposes the power of blending modes with light/dark images for creative design. “Man & Woods” is a serenely beautiful composition.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I mostly never write reviews as I find them to be boring :p, but when it comes to this course, I cannot but not write a review. This course is beyond amazing. Trust me, Beyond Amazing 🙂

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    A great tutorial that produces some wonderful professional looking double exposure images.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial. Really shows how simple the technique can be, yet how stunning the result can be.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great totorial, Aaron! Many tricks and good technics to explore with my photos. Thats a good way to enhance someone message thru the images! Congratulations!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a real cool, quick, and easy tutorial to help you build your confidence in doing a rather intimidating technique. In proper Phlearn fashion, Aaron totally demystified double, triple, and quadruple exposures in the simplest way possible. It’s very specialized and specific, so he’s able to cover many different situations and how to approach them. This is probably going to be the most productive 1.5 hours of my weekend!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phantastic tutorial, with straight to the point blending examples, and very useful and clever approaches! One and a half hour of dense content. It is totally worth it.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    As with all his tutorials, Aaron did a good job explaining and making watching fun. The techniques used are well explained. The examples are good starting points to begin creating my own double exposures experiments. Great job again Aaron.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great tutorial. Tricks and PS tips all at once. You’ve set me off in the right direction. Thanks.

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