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with Justin Seeley

Video: Creating a double exposure effect in Photoshop

Five-minute workflow improvements for creative pros, covering Photoshop, Illustrator, WordPress, and other tools designers commonly use.
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    1. Creating a double exposure effect in Photoshop NEW
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  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
    2. How to send feedback
  3. 8m 36s
    1. Creating a mountain scene in Adobe Illustrator
      8m 36s
  4. 14m 40s
    1. Finding add-ons for Adobe Muse
      3m 13s
    2. Retouching a photo nondestructively in Photoshop
      4m 21s
    3. Changing eye color in Photoshop
      4m 25s
    4. Finding the right font with FontScout
      2m 41s
  5. 13m 47s
    1. Exporting assets from Photoshop CC 2015
      4m 30s
    2. Creating shadow shapes in Illustrator
      4m 10s
    3. Selecting layers quickly in Illustrator
      1m 58s
    4. Creating grid layouts in Muse
      3m 9s
  6. 16m 12s
    1. How to make a layer mask keyboard shortcut
      3m 37s
    2. Five InDesign add-ons for designers
      4m 4s
    3. Creating grid layouts in Illustrator
      5m 18s
    4. Working with libraries in the cloud
      3m 13s
  7. 15m 58s
    1. Creating persistent menus in Muse
      5m 5s
    2. How to use opacity masks in Illustrator
      3m 38s
    3. How to sync your Creative Cloud settings
      2m 9s
    4. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    5. How to purge your Photoshop history states
      2m 17s
  8. 9m 54s
    1. Five Illustrator add-ons for Designers
      3m 39s
    2. Creating round corners in Photoshop
      2m 26s
    3. How to annotate screenshots
      3m 49s
  9. 19m 44s
    1. Ten fonts to jump-start your next project
      8m 4s
    2. How to use Vanishing Point in Photoshop
      5m 3s
    3. Creating sticky appearances in Illustrator
      2m 8s
    4. Five courses every designer should watch
      4m 29s
  10. 24m 41s
    1. Five Photoshop add-ons for designers
      6m 17s
    2. Creating shared Creative Cloud libraries
      3m 46s
    3. How to use custom views in Illustrator
      4m 18s
    4. Five Lightroom add-ons for Photographers
      5m 24s
    5. Using Image Processor Pro in Photoshop and Bridge
      4m 56s
  11. 21m 16s
    1. Using Creative Cloud Market
      7m 5s
    2. Five WordPress plugins you should install today
      6m 36s
    3. How to create buttons in Muse
      4m 25s
    4. How to remove empty layers in Photoshop
      3m 10s
  12. 18m 22s
    1. How to use Photoshop's new Guide Layouts
      2m 57s
    2. Placing Photoshop files into Muse
      4m 4s
    3. Editing multiple photos using Camera RAW & Bridge
      5m 51s
    4. How to find free icons on the web
      5m 30s
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    1. How to find patterns for your web backgrounds
      1m 58s
    2. Using the width tool in Adobe Illustrator
      3m 9s
    3. Using Illustrator to perform calculations
      1m 47s
    4. How to use Creative Cloud Libraries
      4m 36s
  14. 18m 22s
    1. How to sync and share files with Adobe Creative Cloud
      3m 36s
    2. Five resources for finding 3D models
      5m 47s
    3. Creating a thumbnail sketch template in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    4. Five text editors for web designers
      4m 45s
  15. 11m 9s
    1. How to correctly flatten your Photoshop files
      1m 44s
    2. How to create your own document presets in Photoshop
      2m 40s
    3. Generating color schemes with ColourCode
      3m 6s
    4. Five lightweight fonts for your next web project
      3m 39s
  16. 14m 49s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
    3. Automating your InDesign workflow
      3m 26s
    4. How to quickly generate placeholder text in InDesign
      2m 22s
  17. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s
  18. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  19. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  20. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  21. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  22. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  23. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  24. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  25. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  26. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  27. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  28. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  29. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s

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Creative Quick Tips
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Join Justin Seeley, staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.

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Creating a double exposure effect in Photoshop

- Hi there. Welcome back to another edition of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley, and today we're going to be showing you how to go into Adobe Photoshop and create this double exposure effect that you see here. This is something that is really popular. A couple of TV shows have used it on their promotional posters, and a lot of people are using it in advertisements, and it's really just all the rage right now. So I thought I'd show you a quick and easy method for achieving this type of look. Basically, all you're going to need are two types of photos. One being a headshot type photo, like the one you see here. And kind of make it sort of like the person is looking off into the distance, or doing something where they're not really just looking at the camera smiling.

That's the idea behind this. Then the second photo that you're going to need is some sort of a piece of scenery, It can be a cityscape. It could be something like this country road that you see here. It could be a forest, the ocean, you name it, it could pretty much be anything in the world you want it to be. And it most cases, it goes along with the theme of whatever it is you happen to be designing. In this case, I'm just going to use this photo of this road lined with all these trees. And we're going to be using it alongside of this photograph here, of the guy with the beard. So first thing that we want to do is we want to take the landscape photo, the photo that has something in it that's environmental, or buildings, or whatever it might be, take this and just drag it over into our head shot document.

Now if it doesn't fit all the way, that's okay. You can resize this. You don't really have to be tack sharp in order for this to work. Once you have that in there, go ahead and add a layer mask to that. Once you add a layer mask to that, just go ahead and turn off the visibility of that layer. We don't need that right now. Now let's go down here to my Background layer. Let me increase the size of my Layers panel so you can see what I'm doing. Over here on the right hand side, let's click this little lock icon. That's just going to unlock that layer and allow me to do work on it. And what we're going to do now is just desaturate the layer very quickly by using shift + cmd + u, or shift + ctrl + u on the PC, and once we have that desaturated, you're going to notice that it automatically removes all the color.

Turns it to black and white. But, in most cases, if you're using images that tend to not have a lot of contrast, which some of these newer hipster kind of photos don't, then you need to add in a little bit of contrast. So a quick Levels adjustment will help you out there. So I'll use cmd or ctrl + l to bring up Levels. And then I'm just going to select the white eyedropper, and click in the background to make the background white. Then we'll click the black eyedropper, click somewhere in the glasses, sort of give it a little bit more of a contrasted look. Then we'll hit OK. So now, we've got our landscape layer on top. Layer mask added.

Visibility turned off. We've got layer zero, which is the guy with the beard. And we've just added a bit of contrast to him. Let's go to the Edit menu, and let's go down here to where it says Define Brush Preset. In this, let's go ahead and name this something like Cool Beard Guy, and hit OK. Once I do that, I now have a brush that I'm able to use with this guy's face in it. So let's go ahead and turn his layer visibility off. Create a brand new layer here. And let's fill that layer with white.

Now let's go ahead and turn back on our scenery layer. Make sure we're working on that layer mask. Grab my brush tool, hitting the letter b, it should default to the brush you've just created. If not, you can go up here to the brush presets and you can find that right there. There's my, if I hover over it, Cool Beard Guy. And so I've got that brush ready to go. I'm going to make sure that I'm painting with white right here, and once I have this done, I'm just going to go right here in the middle and click. And you're going to notice, wait a minute, didn't do anything. That's because right now our layer mask is revealing all.

So let's go ahead and invert that. Select the layer mask, press cmd or ctrl + i on the keyboard. That way you're not going to see anything on the layer whatsoever. Then take your brush, center the face, and go ahead and click one time. And that's going to start to bring back some of the guy. Now if you think it's too light, which in many cases it is, you might want to check your Opacity settings. You can see up here mine was actually set to 50%. So let's undo that. Crank up the Opacity to 100%. And then let's click again. There we go. There's more of that double exposure effect I was looking for.

And then what I'm going to do now is I'm going to select the original layer here, the road, and press shift + cmd + u, shift + ctrl + u on the PC, to give that a little bit of desaturation. Now we'll take the original layer, layer zero, that's the face, and let's move it up to the top of the layer stack. Turn the visibility back on, and set the Blend mode of this to Multiply. You're going to notice when I do that, that you're going to see some of the scenery start to pop through. That's good. We're going to make sure that this blends really nicely.

Now let's go to the brushes. And let's select a soft edge brush. And it doesn't have to be very big. Something like maybe 200 pixels for this particular image would work well. It'll be different for every image you use. And what we're going to do now is we're just going to come in here, and we're going to add a layer mask, and we're going to paint black everywhere that we want the scenery to show through. But we're going to leave the main features of the face, like the nose and the eyes and the glasses. So let's just come up here, and we'll just start to paint back in.

There you see the treetops coming back in, around the edges. Get rid of some of the stuff around his ears. And really trim out the shirt, and the beard, and all that down there. You can see the grittiness of the road is starting to come in. I'm going to leave his mouth intact for now, as well as his eyes and his nose. And what we're going to do is reduce the Opacity now to something about like 45. Just to lighten up that area, to blend it in, but you can still see his mouth. Still see the glasses. So there we go. That's basically the look that we're going for.

Now once we have that done, it's time to kind of unify this a little bit with some adjustments. So first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go up to the adjustment layer icon. We're going to go in to Curves. And Preset here, let's just give this an Increase Contrast Preset. There we go. Can kind of see exactly what we're going for there. Collapse that up. Go back down, and let's do something like a Gradient Map, right there. Change the Blend mode of that layer to Color.

And then go ahead and change to any one of these gradients that you want. You can also create your own gradient. You can go in and you can Load Gradients. Bring up different things. Let's bring up something like some, let's do Photographic Toning. It's going to replace the gradients. I'll just hit Append. That's going to add that to the bottom. There we go. So let's just grab one of these. And you can see all the looks that you can go for in here. Actually kind of like this one, right there. So it's the Sepia 5, is the one I'm going to go with for this one.

And so since we set that to Color, it's automatically on top of that layer. So there we go. That's basically the idea that you want to do here. You can move things around. For instance, I can unlink the background from the layer mask on the landscape, and I can move that around to create a different look all the way around the photo. So it depends on exactly what you're looking for, but you get the idea here. Basically you're taking an image, you're blending it into the background, and you're exposing that background layer through there as well to create this really cool double exposure effect in Photoshop.

And as you can see, it doesn't take a whole lot of work. So, try this out on your own. See what you can come up with, and then share the results with me on social media. Hashtag your tweets with CreativeQuickTips, or your Instagram posts with the same hashtag. That way I can check it and see it. And if you want to at-reply me on those platforms, you can do so, and that way I can see exactly what it is you've created. Have fun, take your time, and see what you can come up with. I think you're going to be really pleased with what you're able to do.

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