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In this tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to create double exposure effect in Photoshop, with the help of the brand new object selection tool.

What’s “Double Exposure”

To understand the concept of this tutorial, it is important to get to know what “Double Exposure” is.

Essentially, Double Exposure is a special technique used by photographers that combine two exposures into one single image. The function is available in many modern DSLR cameras.

Photoshop on the other hand, provides a more creative way of creating & editing double-exposure images. With the latest release of Photoshop 2020, it has made things a lot easier.

Most double exposure effect in Photoshop are consist of a human portrait plus natural elements such as water, fire, or trees – this is what we will be creating in this tutorial.

Final Result Preview

This is the final double exposure effect which we will be creating: (click to enlarge)

Stock Images Required

To complete this tutorial, you will need to the following stocks:

Step 1

Load the model stock image into Photoshop. We will be cut out the model from the rest of the photo with the object selection tool:

Go to the “Object Selection Tool”, and draw a selection around the model:

Draw a selection around the model – this video below shows how to perform this action:

Once the model is selected, we can create a new layer and place the model on it:

Tidy up the edge of the model with a small, hard eraser.

Step 3

We will work the double exposure effect in this step. Apply the following image adjustments to the new model layer:

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Load the nature stock image into Photoshop, copy and paste it over to our document, cover the entire canvas:

Right-click on this new nature layer and choose “Create Clipping Mask”:

Set the layer blend mode to “Screen” for this nature layer:

On the nature layer, use a soft eraser to fade the area where the face is to reveal it:

And this is the overall effect so far:

I further apply some colour adjustments and added background by using the nature stock image, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

That’s for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and learnt a thing or two about double exposure effect in Photoshop. If you wish to explore this effect further, check out some of our other tutorials on this:

Resizing and Cropping Images like a Pro: A Beginner's Guide to Photoshop's Crop Tool
Painting and Retouching in Photoshop: A Beginner's Guide to the Brush Tool