Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

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Apparently this is the Double Exposure Effect.  Its popped up a lot recently on my G+ and Pinterest feeds and it appealed to me, so decided to have a go.

Both images taken by me, the portrait is of a swing dancer from several years ago, and the bluebells are a springtime event at a local park.

Working in Photoshop I processed the portrait using this method  – changing a photo to a line drawing

Then I created a duplicate layer, and changed it to Lighten blend mode.

Bought in the bluebell layer, and added a mask onto the portrait and painted it through using variable amounts of opacity so you could still see the details in her face etc.

Here is a video showing the double exposure process and the example that inspired me originally below

Image by Mark Johnson – click to view his G+ profile

Truthfully mine is a bit of a half assed effort, but I wanted to see if I could grasp the concept.  It would work much better if I really knew what I was doing and better source images!

What do you think, do you like the concept?  Does it work for you?  Got ideas to improve it? 

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About lensaddiction

Mad keen photographer figuring it out as she goes!
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12 Responses to Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

  1. Very effective. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • lensaddiction says:

      Yes its a visually striking effect, Im going to have to experiment more i think, and the BW fill seems to work better as well.

  2. Sue says:

    Well done – I have been meaning to try this, one day hopefully I will!

    • lensaddiction says:

      It was harder than I expected but my source image for the outline was a bit problematic but as a learning experience, it was useful 🙂

  3. brenda says:

    interesting…thank you for sharing

  4. Well this is really fun! Thanks for the links too. I will definitely be checking them out 🙂 And by the way, not a half-assed effort at all. I really like what you did, Stacey!

    • lensaddiction says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, it is a cool effect and not one I have seen used around the blogs and challenges I hang out in so I thought I would put it out there 🙂

  5. This is so amazing Stacy. I must try this one day. I love your two images. They go so well together

    • lensaddiction says:

      I wasnt sure about the the shadows on the bluebells in this version – they are caused by the low sun across trees you can’t see but it seems to work OK. Its a nice technique to try out.

  6. leecleland says:

    No half-assed final image at all. Love the idea behind it as I have never seen it before and it is very effective when making the link between two images. Yes there is room for improvement as you say but a damn good first effort and thanks for the info on how to go about it. I can see that having taken images with this idea in mind would help immensely with the final result.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Lee, it feels half assed compared to the examples I have seen online. Yes taking images with this concept in mind would be a really good idea!

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