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Photoshop: How to Create a Dramatic, Double Exposure Photo

October 31, 2019


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a dramatic,
double-exposure image in versions CS6 and later. I provided two images that you can use to
follow along. Their links are in my video’s description
below or in my project files. If you prefer to use your own photos instead,
make sure that the upper part of the background in both images are white or close to white
and make sure your subject is backlit, so it’s silhouetted. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subscriber,
click the small “Subscribe” button anytime at the lower, right corner in the video. We’ll place this photo into the other photo. Make sure your Move Tool is active. If it isn’t, press “v” on your keyboard. Drag the photo onto the tab of the other document
and without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down and release. We’ll reduce its opacity, so we can see the
other photo through it. In this example, we want to position the street
photo over the man with the hat, so the sky is in the middle of the man’s head. To do this, open your Transform Tool by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + T. If you can’t see the Transform’s entire bounding box, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. To position it, go inside the bounding box
and drag the photo. Then, press Enter or Return. To zoom back in, press Ctrl or Cmd plus the
“+” key on your keyboard. Increase the opacity back to 100%. Next, we’ll make a selection of the sky and
then save it, since we’ll need it later. Open your Quick Selection Tool and make its
Radius 10 pixels. Drag your tool over the sky to select it. If you’re using a different photo and you’d
like to refine the selection’s edges, go to Select and Select and Mask or in earlier versions of Photoshop, Refine Edge. I did in-depth tutorials on both Refine Edge
and Select and Mask, so if you’d like watch them, I provided their links in my video’s
description. Click “Save Selection” and click “OK”. To check it, open your Channels panel. If you don’t see the panel, go to Window and Channels. Below the channels, you should see “Alpha1”. Open back the Layers panel and hide the toplayer. Make your subject active. We’ll make a selection around the subject. To do this, you can use the Quick Selection
Tool again. Since this particular photo’s background is
out-of-focus, I’ll show you a great filter that you can use to make the selection if
the Photoshop version you’re working with is CC 2014 and later, go to Select and “Focus Area”. Adjust the “In-Focus Range” parameter to broaden
or narrow down the selection. If you move the slider to 0, the entire image
gets selected. However, if you move the slider to the extreme
right, you may not see anything selected at all or you may see only the parts of the image
that’s in clearest focus. Drag it to a point where you get the best selection. You can also Use the Brush controls to manually
add or remove areas. If the selection area has noise, you can control
it by adjusting the Image Noise Level slider control, however, if your subject is already
selected well. you can leave the Auto option checked. To feather the edges of the selection, you
can select “Soften Edge” . If you want to further refine it, you can click the “Select
and Mask” button”. Then, output it to a “Selection”. Make the top layer visible and active. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the active layer. Make the layer active and change its Blend
Mode to “Screen”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click,
“Color LookUp”. Open the “Load 3D LUT” fly-out list. I’ll click, “LateSunset.3DL”. Feel free to experiment with the other 3D
LUT presets. LUT is an acronym for “Look Up Table”. They’re mainly used in the film industry to
calculate a color correction of how the final film will look on the big screen. Next, we’ll darken the bottom of the city
street, which will draw the eye more to the center area of our image. Check your foreground and background colors. If they aren’t black and white, respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Black should be your foreground color. Make the city street layer active. Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the
Linear gradient icon is active. Click the gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor. Click the “Foreground to Transparent” preset
and place your cursor at the bottom of your image. Press and hold the Shift key as you drag the
tool straight up to where the sky starts. Then, release. Next, we’ll add a bright, sun flare at the
horizon where the sky and the road meet. Make a new layer and change its Blend Mode
to “Screen”. Invert your foreground and background colors by clicking this icon or by pressing “x” on your keyboard. White is now your foreground color. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. We’ll adjust the size in a moment. Make the Hardness: 0% and the Opacity: 75%. The Flow is 100%. To make your brush bigger or smaller, first,
make sure your CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. For this image, I’ll make my brush 600 pixels. Position your brush directly over the horizon
and left-click once. Lastly, we’ll remove any visible lines that
may be showing at the top edge of your subject. To do this, first, make the top layer active
and make a new layer above it. In this empty layer, we’ll make a composite
snapshot of our visible image. Press Alt + Ctrl + Shift + E on Windows or
Option + Cmd + Shift + E on a Mac. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the layer mask of
your subject to make a selection of its shape. Go to Select, Modify and Expand. Expand it 2 or 3 pixels and click OK. Open your Channels panel and go the thumbnail
of Alpha 1, which, if you recall, is the shape of the selection of the sky that you saved
earlier. Press Alt + Ctrl on Windows or Option + Cmd
on a Mac as you click the thumbnail to remove the selection of the sky from the selection
of your subject. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. To check its shape, press “Q” to see it as
a quick mask. Revert it back into a selection by pressing “Q” again. Hide the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+H. It’s still there; it’s just hidden from view. Open back the Layers panel. With the composite snapshot still active,
open your Eyedropper Tool. Place your cursor directly on the color above
the line you’d like to get rid of and left-click your mouse or pen to pick up that color. Press “B” on your keyboard to open back your
Brush Tool and left-click a few times to hide the unwanted lines and blend the 2 skies together. Then, deselect the hidden selection by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + D. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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