Today, Creative Team Member, Nancy, is sharing her technique for creating Double Exposure Technique in Photoshop Elements.
Double Exposure Technique in Photoshop Elements
A Double Exposure is the blending of two or more images in an artistic design.
You will learn:
- How to create an EXTRACTION in Photoshop Elements.
- Apply Blending Modes to combine 2 photos and create LIGHT and COLOR effects.
1. Establish Foundation
Create a New Layout and choose the photos you want to use for your Double Exposure
- Go to File> New (File) and create a New Layout at 12 X 12 inches (3600 px X 3600 px) at 300 DPI/PPI.
- Select your images via File> Open and then click on each photo to open into your workspace.
- Consider using thematic images with colors that are similar or contrasting.
- A profile portrait is a great place to begin.
- Remember silhouette portraits cut from black paper.
Note. The selection for this design includes one abandoned design and a portrait.
2. Make Extraction
Remove the background of the photo to yield the subject only.
Note. You can use the Magic Wand Tool or a Layer Mask to create an extraction.
Magic Wand Tool Technique
- Select the Magic Wand Tool from the Tools Panel.
- Click and drag on the background of the portrait photo to remove sections of the background.
- Notice how the areas selected appear with a broken line.
- When you are happy with the area selected then press the DELETE key on your keyboard.
- This is known as a Destructive approach and therefore NOT easily editable.
- It works well for solid areas of color with clear delineation between the subject and background.
Layer Mask Technique
- Select the photo layer in the Layers Panel.
- Apply a Layer Mask by clicking on the ‘Add Layer Mask’ icon at the top of the Layers Panel.
- This icon appears as a black square with a circle inside.
- Notice a ‘white mask’ thumbnail appear linked to the right of the photo layer.
- Ensure the Foreground Color is Black and the Background Color is set to White in the Tools Panel.
- Click intentionally on the ‘Layer Mask’ thumbnail to select and notice a blue box surround the selection.
- Select an AnnaBlendz Artsy brush and paint on the thumbnail in Black using the Paint Brush Tool from the Tools Panel.
- Adjust the Size and Opacity of the brush as needed.
Note. As you paint on the Layer Mask areas of your photo layer will become hidden.
Tip. Apply a Drop Shadow Layer Style to the extracted subject to add dimension.
3. Apply Blending Modes
Blending Modes adjust how layers interact with one another in the Layers Panel.
- They change the depth of COLOR and enhance LIGHT properties.
- In other words, some REVEAL and brighten while others CONCEAL and darken.
- Find the Blending Modes menu under the ‘Normal’ tab at the top of the Layers Panel.
You can apply Blending Mode to different layers to yield INFINITE effects.
- Experimentation is VITAL when applying Blending Modes to your digital elements.
- The application of MULTIPLE Blending Modes will layer one effect on top of the other and effect all underlying layers in the Layers Panel.
- Use them the achieve Balance, Repetition, and Movement in your digital scrapbooking or photo artistry layout design.
4. Embellish Your Design
Double Exposures need only simple embellishments to complete.
- ScriptTease brushes were added to create a journaling effect.
- UrbanThreadz add dimension mirroring the texture in the paper.
- Color adjustments were made via Enhance> Adjust Color> Hue and Saturation.
Find a complete list of Digital Designs used in this digital scrapbooking/photo artistry layout here.
Use these Extraction and Blending Mode techniques to blend 2 or more photos in your digital scrapbooking and photo artistry layout designs.
- Select 2 or more photos and be mindful of the background of each subject.
- Use the Magic Wand Tool or a Layer Mask and Brushes to extract the focal points of one or more image.
- Apply Blending Modes to achieve the Double Exposure effect.
- Learn more about Design Principles and Element Properties.
- Read Extractions and Color Balance in your Digital Scrapbooking
- Watch Evenfall into Layers of Blending Modes video.
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