Create a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create double exposure effect in Photoshop. Double exposure effect can be achieved through combining multiple stock images, experimenting with blend modes and using adjustment layers. We’ll also learn how to make transition between multiple images and blending them nicely using layer mask. Follow the tutorial and find out more about it.

Tutorial Resources

Open up the Photo

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the following settings :


Step 2

Place the old man to main document and place it as shown below. I’m using this old man image for this tutorial but feel free to choose your own.


Step 3

Use a Curves adjustment layer to increase the lightness on old man’s background. The aim is to whiten the background of old man. You can add an adjustment layer by clicking on third icon at the bottom of layer panel.


Results :


Step 4

On the layer mask of Curves, mask the effect on the selected parts of old man. Because we’ve applied the Curves for the background not for the old man’s parts. Use a soft round basic black brush for masking.


Results :


Create the Double Exposure Effect

Step 5

Place the city image to main document and we’ll use this image to create double exposure by blending it using Blend Modes. Use the Transform Tool (CTRL +T) to enlarge it and make it fit nicely to main document. Feel free to choose your image and this can be city, creek, forest and any image.


Change the blend mode of city layer to Screen and we’ve our double exposure effect.


Step 6

To make the image more surrealistic by revealing the beard of old man. Add a Layer Mask to city image by clicking on second icon of layer panel. Activate the Brush Tool (B). Set its opacity and flow about 30%. Now mask the highlighted parts of city image as shown below to reveal the old man. Try to achieve smooth transition between old man and city image. Don’t rush it and do it patiently.


Results :


Step 7

Create a new layer and name it ‘birds’. Load the bird brushes and paint some birds as shown below. Feel free to paint them wherever you want to.


Reduce the opacity of birds layer to 60% to fade them into the lights of city. This will also help us to blend the birds with lights which we are going to create in next step.


Step 8

Create a new layer and name it ‘light’. Set you foreground color to #5a4119. Now using a soft round brush paint some lights as shown below.


Set the blend mode of light layer to Linear Dodge and reduce its opacity to 69%.


Final Adjustments

Step 9

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer and make some colors adjustment. Only change the value of Midtones.


Results :


Step 10

Add a Selective Color adjustment layer and enhance the red colors tones.


Results :


Step 11

Finally, use Color Lookup adjustment layer and choose the Tension Green file.


Set the opacity of Color Lookup to 70%. Here are the final results :



Thanks for following the tutorial and these are the simple steps that will help us to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop. Do share, like, tweet if you really like it and feel free to let me know if need any help. Have a great day!

Bunty Pundir

Bunty Pundir is the founder of PSD Stack. He loves writing Photoshop tutorials and sharing knowledge with others. Follow him on Behance, Twitter and Google+

6 thoughts on “Create a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

    • February 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

      You are welcome!

    • October 8, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thanks you for your kind word!

  • November 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Hvala puno na prekrasnim slikama i savjetima .

    • November 6, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Thanks a lot for your kind words and glad you like the tips and tricks!!


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