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[Winter Theme] How To Create A Double Exposure Effect

There is no better season than now to try out some fun tutorials! This week, I’ll show you how to create a winter double exposure effect using adjustment layers, masking and layer modes. Ready? Let’s go!

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Software: Photoshop CS3 +

Difficulty : Intermediate

Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes

Resources Used In This Tutorial:

Winter 1  http://www.123rf.com/photo_4318422_winter-road-in-snow-forest.html Model  http://www.123rf.com/photo_19271250_spring-outdoor-closeup-portrait-of-young-thoughtful-woman.html Winter 2   http://www.123rf.com/photo_44330786_winter-road-with-trees.html

Step 1

Open the model image. Use your familiar method to isolate the model from the background. I made a new fill layer between the background and the extracted model one.

Step 2

Make a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N. Activate the Clone Tool (S) and clean up the hair detail on top of her head:


Hide the background and the fill layer and hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge the model layer and the clone one into a new one.

Step 3

Create a new document and fill it with white. I used a 1000×1000 px canvas but other sizes will work as well. Move the merged model into this new layer using the Move Tool (V).


Step 4

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and set it as Clipping Mask. Bring the saturation value down to -87:

Step 5

Make a Curves adjustment layer and reduce the lightness:

Step 6

Place the winter 1 image over the working document using the Move Tool.

Remove the white background of this image using a layer mask.


Step 7

Change this layer mode to Screen 100%:

Step 8

Load the selection of the winter 1 image mask by holding Ctrl and clicking the mask thumbnail layer. Select the model layer and click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. We have this result:

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Step 9

Add the winter 2 image to the top left of the canvas and rotate it as shown below:

Use a layer mask to remove most of the image details and leave only this tree area visible:

Step 10

Make a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the effect. Erase the indicated tree as the screenshot below shows:

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Step 11

Duplicate the model layer and the clipped Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Drag these layers on top of the layers and change the mode of the model layer to Soft Light 100%. The aim is to make the effect stronger and more visible.

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Step 12

To add a vignette effect to the scene, create a new color fill layer on top of the layers. Change this layer mode to Multiply 100%.

On this layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the middle section, especially the space between the model and background:

Step 13

Create a Curves adjustment layer to increase the contrast of the whole scene.

Select the layer mask and lower the brush opacity to 15-20% to reduce the effect on the edges of the canvas. You can see how I did it on the mask and the result on the picture.

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Step 14

Add some color to the scene using a Color Balance adjustment layer:

Step 15

Change the color using a Curves adjustment layer:

Step 16

Use a Vibrance adjustment layer to enhance the final effect:

Final Result:


Love this tutorial? That’s good! While you’re in the winter mode, have you tried this frosty eye effect tutorial yet? Let us know what you think!

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