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Creating a classic double-exposure effect

From: Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending

Video: Creating a classic double-exposure effect

In this exercise I'll show you how to use the Screen Mode to create a classic double exposure effect between two dark photographs. I'm going to turn the dummy layer off, switch to the gang layer and press Shift+Alt+N or Shift+Option+N on the Mac in order to return to the Normal mode. And by the way, bear in mind that all these keyboard shortcuts assume that you have one of the tools other than the second group of Paint and Edit Tool selected. Now I'm going to turn on the hoody layer and click on it to make it active, and let's say we want to create a double exposure effect, between this layer and the gang layer below.

Creating a classic double-exposure effect

In this exercise I'll show you how to use the Screen Mode to create a classic double exposure effect between two dark photographs. I'm going to turn the dummy layer off, switch to the gang layer and press Shift+Alt+N or Shift+Option+N on the Mac in order to return to the Normal mode. And by the way, bear in mind that all these keyboard shortcuts assume that you have one of the tools other than the second group of Paint and Edit Tool selected. Now I'm going to turn on the hoody layer and click on it to make it active, and let's say we want to create a double exposure effect, between this layer and the gang layer below.

Now we just go ahead and switch to the Screen Mode by pressing Shift+Alt+S or Shift+Option+S on the Mac. Problem is of course, we've never assembled a composition like this, with the hoody guy's face over this hostile middle guy in the background, so we need to move this layer around. I'm going to go up to the Edit menu and choose a Free Transform command, or press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac, then right-click inside the image and choose the Flip Horizontal command. And I'm going to go ahead and drag this guy over to the left-hand side of the composition like so, and right about here it seems appropriate to me.

You can scale him if you want to, you have a little bit of latitude where this layer is concerned, but I'm not, I'm just going to go ahead and lift him up a little bit. So part of his eyebrows cut off there at the top, and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that modification. It seems to me our larger hoody guy should have a little bit of sharpening applied to him, so I'm going to convert him to a Smart Object. By clicking on the Layer panel fly-out menu and choosing the Convert to Smart Object command and then I want to duplicate the Smart Sharpen filter, and I'll do so by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and dragging just the words Smart Sharpen and dropping them onto the hoody layer, and that will copy if I go ahead and expand the layer here.

You'll see that copies the Smart Sharpen filter without copying Gaussian Blur. And as long as I'm here, I'll right- click inside the Filter Mask and choose Delete Filter Mask to get rid of it. We do want to filter this layer just a bit, so if the hood isn't cutting through this guy's face, they're actually the same guy, but one is very big and one is small, so we don't want to hurt the small guy. I'm going to create a layer mask by dropping down to the bottom of the Layers panel and clicking on Add Layer Mask, and then I'll go ahead and grab my Brush Tool.

If I right-click inside the image window you can see I've set this size to 400 pixels, the hardness is 0%. I might actually go ahead and crank that Hardness value up to say 50%, I'll press the Enter key a couple of times in order to hide that panel. Maybe reduce the size of my cursor a little bit by pressing the left bracket key. Make sure that your foreground color is black, which it is in my case, and then click right about there in order to interrupt the hoody a little bit, so it's not cutting through the smaller guy. And I might paint down a little bit inside the hoody, up a little bit as well, in order to achieve this effect.

We definitely need to bring that text back, so we're identifying this group of people whether they're a band or whatever they are. So I'm going to grab that text layer and drag it and drop it on the top of the stack. Now we've got some outlines that are showing up here, that's just because my Vector Mask is active, so I'll click on the Vector Mask thumbnail to turn it off. It seems to me that we're losing the legibility of the text, and there is really no better way to solve that problem. Then I drop down to the fx icon and choose Drop Shadow, and I'm going to crank the Opacity value up to 100%.

Not too concerned about the angle, but I'm going to take that size value up to 15 pixels, it'll leave the distance at five pixels, and then click OK in order to achieve this final composition. So all right, I'm not sure how often you're going to want to create the classic possibly cliched double exposure effect, but if you do, you can grab those dark images and blend them together using the Screen Mode.

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
  2. 33m 15s
    1. When in doubt, blend
      2m 20s
    2. Where to find blending options
      4m 10s
    3. 27 blend modes, 6 groups
      4m 23s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 41s
    5. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      4m 59s
    6. Blending adjustment layers
      4m 43s
    7. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 59s
  3. 27m 3s
    1. The power of standardized arithmetic
      6m 58s
    2. Photoshop's blending formulas
      5m 27s
    3. Darken formulas vs. lighten formulas
      4m 15s
    4. Contrast mode formulas
      7m 28s
    5. Inversion, cancelation, and HSL
      2m 55s
  4. 17m 50s
    1. Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode
      2m 11s
    2. Making a dynamic Dissolve effect
      2m 21s
    3. Creating a Dissolve text effect
      4m 48s
    4. The Behind and Clear modes
      3m 2s
    5. Filling a stroke with Behind and Clear
      5m 28s
  5. 43m 24s
    1. Darken vs. Darken Color
      4m 25s
    2. Creating filter effects with Darken
      5m 0s
    3. The Multiply and Burn modes
      6m 27s
    4. Cleaning up scanned line art
      7m 30s
    5. Comping line art against a photo
      5m 12s
    6. Colorizing comped line art
      5m 14s
    7. Masking with a darken mode
      3m 59s
    8. Refining a mask with Multiply
      5m 37s
  6. 33m 36s
    1. Lighten vs. Lighter Color
      2m 29s
    2. Creating filter effects with Lighten
      2m 47s
    3. The Screen and Dodge modes
      4m 35s
    4. Blending white type, darkening shadows
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a classic double-exposure effect
      3m 49s
    6. Making dark line art bright
      5m 11s
    7. Masking with a lighten mode
      5m 4s
    8. Refine, filter, and blend
      6m 39s
  7. 35m 18s
    1. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      5m 2s
    2. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light
      4m 2s
    3. The amazing Hard Mix mode
      3m 51s
    4. Two variations on a single mode
      5m 37s
    5. Adding clarity with a contrast mode
      4m 9s
    6. Creating a glowing, soft-focus effect
      3m 38s
    7. Blending an image with a paper texture
      4m 11s
    8. Turning flesh into stone
      4m 48s
  8. 18m 10s
    1. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 7s
    2. Comparing seemingly identical images
      3m 25s
    3. Creating type that inverts any background
      3m 30s
    4. Making inversion type black and white
      4m 8s
  9. 16m 57s
    1. Luminosity, Color, Hue, and Saturation
      3m 29s
    2. Colorizing artwork with layers
      7m 24s
    3. Correcting skin tones with Hue
      6m 4s
  10. 14m 57s
    1. Using the This Layer slider option
      6m 44s
    2. Using the Underlying Layer slider option
      3m 16s
    3. Achieving greater control with Blend If
      4m 57s
  11. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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