Saturday, June 27, 2015

Double exposure using Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is just the neatest gadget. I'm still a beginner at it, but I fell in love with it when I saw double exposure "how to" on Pinterest. I created a free account and I have a 30 day free trial on Adobe's Photoshop. The link is here:

To begin, you need a photo starting from the waist up facing the front or side, have good lighting, and not too much commotion going on in the photo. **The background doesn't matter much since you are later going to paint it white or black.

When you find your photo, you will want to paint your background a certain color. **My favorite is white, but you can choose from a variety of photos** Use your brush tool and select your desired color.
 Then you will need to change the type of brush you are using to change the softness. Select Hard round Pressure Opacity and then change your size. **Make sure your opacity is at 100%

Outline the edges of your picture and get as close to the body outline as possible.

Then change your brush to the soft round and select the size. **Make sure your opacity is at 100%

Get closer and closer until you fill in all the desired space. It should look this the picture below. **I had to crop off some hair on my back to make the background completely white.

When you have finished filling in your background (which takes a lot of time and patience), find a photo to create the double exposure effect. I chose a sunset and I chose a NYC picture off the internet. For a colored picture, insert in your desired photo and expand the sides to make it fit the original photo and click the check mark.

You then want to send this photo to the back to click on the layer menu > Arrange > Send to back.

Afterwards, you need to make sure your first picture is selected and select the blending mode. Screen or lighten are your best choices for the double exposure effect, but you can always mess around with the others.

To position your second photo, make sure it is selected, and then click the move tool to drag it to your desired location on the screen.

Voila! You have successfully created the double exposure effect! If you want a black and white photo (like the NYC one), you have a couple more steps, but don't worry it's VERY easy!

Complete the steps above. When you have finished, click on the layer menu > New Adjustment Layer > Black and White. Click the OK button and you can adjust the hues. **I usually just leave them the same**

There you have it! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask below!

xoxo, Kaitlyn Marie

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