Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Double-Exposure Image in Photoshop
Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Double-Exposure Image in Photoshop

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create a double-exposure image from 2 photos. If you’d like to use
this image, I provided its link in my video’s description or project files. For the second
photo, you’ll get the best results if the person you choose has deep shadows on one
side like these examples that I got from It doesn’t matter if they’re color or black
and white. However, if your photo has general lighting like this one, I’ll show you how
to transition it into deep shadows. If you’d like to use this photo, I provided its link.
The first step is to create a selection around your subject. For this example, I’ll use the
Quick Selection Tool. I’ll make the tool’s size 10 pixels and drag over the subject to select it. I can click either the Refine Edge button or go to Select and Refine Edge. I did an in-depth tutorial on Refine Edge, so if you’d like to watch it, I provided that
link, as well. I’ll check Smart Radius and adjust its size to make the brush big enough
to cover the edge of the hair. I’ll output it as a New Layer and click OK. Remove all its color by pressing Ctrl + Shift + U on Windows or Cmd + Shift + U on a Mac. To adjust
its brightness and contrast, open your Levels window by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + L. Drag the white and black Input levels to the point just before where the histogram really starts
to rise and click OK. To make room for the tropical trees, make sure your subject is
positioned to one side of your document. Just press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag
it over. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Click the “fx” icon and click “Gradient Overlay”. Change the Blend Mode to “Multiply” and click the gradient bar. Click the “Black, White” gradient and click OK. Make the Angle: minus 180 degrees and
the Scale: 40%. Then, click OK. To restore some of the brightness on her face, click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the active layer. Open your Brush Tool
and Brush Picker. We’ll adjust the size in a moment. Make the Hardness: 0% and the Opacity
and Flow: 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. To make your brush larger or smaller, press
the right or left bracket keys on your keyboard. Now, brush over your subject in areas where
you’d like to restore its original brightness. Click the bottom layer to make it active and
click the New Layer icon to make a new layer above it. We’ll fill the empty layer with white. To
do this, press Shift + F5 key at the top of your keyboard to open the Fill window. Or,
you can go to Edit and Fill. Open the fly-out menu, click White and click OK. Open the image
you’d like to blend into the person. You can use this one, but feel free to use anything
you want, as long as its bottom is relatively dark and dense and ends somewhere at its top.
Ultimately, we want the top of the image to be pure white. If you’re using image, too,
open your Dodge Tool. If your foreground color isn’t white, press “D” on your keyboard
to make your foreground and background colors black and white respectively, and then, press
“x” to invert them. Make the Range: Highlights and the Exposure: 100%. Adjust the size of
your tool and brush over the sky. To place the trees onto your subject, press “v” to
open your Move Tool and drag it up onto the tab of your subject. Without releasing your
mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and release. We want to place the trees on top
of the person. To do this, just drag the trees layer to the top of the Layers panel. Go to Edit, Transform and “Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise”. Let’s temporarily reduce its opacity, so we
can see the subject under it. To resize and position it, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go inside the Transform and position the trees or whatever else your image
is over your subject. You can always reposition and resize it later, if you want. Press Enter
or Return to accept it. Increase its opacity back to 100%. Click the Layer Mask icon to
make a layer mask next to the active layer. Press “B” to open your Brush Tool. Increase
your brush size a bit and brush over the left side of the trees to mask them out. To restore
back areas of the trees, press “x” to invert your foreground and background colors and
adjust the brush size if you need to.Now, brush over those areas of the trees you want
to restore back. Continue to finesse your image brushing in and restoring back areas
until the two images create a double-exposure. This is Marty from Blue Lightning
TV. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Double-Exposure Image in Photoshop”

  1. Samuel Coelho says:

    Parabéns, lindo tutorial e uma bela obra de arte.

  2. Mikael Svensson says:

    Thanks, very nice tutorials! Easy to follow

  3. Stony B says:

    having trouble using the brush tool when it comes to the last part 🙁

  4. Foster Adomah says:

    wow so simple i love it thanks Sir

  5. Husna Toha says:

    this is way too cool

  6. Iliana Incandela says:

    Love this!! You are awesome

  7. Nika Gakharia says:

    I like your channel, 
    u'r good man

  8. Svend Tofte Bjørn says:

    Oh damn

  9. John Rivera says:

    Whenever I click the refine edge button in photoshop this is what happens-[email protected]/19093766159/in/dateposted-public/ As you can see from the photo I used photoshop deleted the image selection instead of placing a red background behind it like yours did. I am not sure how to fix this or why it does that. Any help would be appreciated.

  10. Sdkacura1 says:

    6:26 when I try to brush out the trees it doesn't nothing -_-

  11. 3RD Dimensions VR says:

    I feel sorry for any cs5.1 users, can't find range:highlights

  12. I Smashup says:

    hi when the video start that come Blus Lighting TV how to do that in my video or what that kinda thing called plz help >>>>

  13. Kendra Siebert says:

    How do you use the dodge tool when the background image is primarily black?

  14. Samuel Mathu says:

    I am soo close from finishing it but the part where you use the brush to erase the second image is not worrking… i tried inverting the colours both ways but it still doesnt work. HELP ME PLEASE

  15. Jerome Dicang says:

    sir whats the version are u using?

  16. Vanessa Thornton says:

    Hi Marty, quick question are you able to achieve the same effect using photoshop elements 9 even 13.

  17. My Space says:

    Great tutorial as usual from you Marty. Photoshop at it's best.

  18. Mahir P says:


  19. Aman Gowalkar says:


  20. Ola Ipaye says:

    great tutorial as always but i didnt get this one and i have tried many double explosion videos and got stuck, too difficult,

  21. Anthony Downs says:

    Hi, I've got to 6m15s where you click the layer mask and start brushing out the left side of the trees but when I click on the brush tool and increase the size, nothing is happening?? Any help would be appreciated on this. Am I doing something wrong?

  22. Hanny Firjiani says:

    Nice! Love the way u speak its so clear and make me easy to understand! Keep it up the good work:)

  23. Anonymous 86 says:

    Thanx man..I Did it !! 
    new subscriber 😀

  24. Melwyn Menezes says:

    Best double exposure video i have seen so far. thanks alot 🙂

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  26. Alvaro Rodríguez says:

    Gracias !!!

  27. Philip Arroyo says:


  28. laura miele says:

    Check out the music video I just created for Tim Victor using the same double exposure techniques! – The same processes were used in after effects using moving image to create a pretty cool effect! Check it out!

  29. DownUnderEvP says:

    Ok I could not complete this tutorial I don't have a FX button that I could find I have PSE 9 I don't know why its 9

  30. Line carignan says:

    Wow that was great. Thanks. Can I do this with 2 images of faces

  31. Tethis Nomf says:

    find it 🙂 thx

  32. Mateusz Żywicki says:

    I want that lay with tress to be in color, I got picture in color but when i drag it to women it become black and white

  33. Hussain says:

    please can you show double exposure in colour

  34. Carlos Segarra says:

    good (Y)

  35. Sami says:

    You are the best , you let my life much easier than all of the other photoshop tutorials. Keep up the good job

  36. Hunt Photography says:

    when you use the brush towards the end of the video to blend the two pics how do you get the fade effect that he has on the brush

  37. amxlna says:

    Good for windows finally!!!

  38. Schetz - PHOTODESIGN made in HAMBURG says:

    Great channel and stuff! 'think this is the bigger brother of the "Info Puppet" Channel… 🙂

  39. Ankit Bailwal says:

    Best Tutorial ever on You Tube. Good on yeah mate. Keep it up and give us some more excellent tutorials.!!!>>>,<?///,<,.;

  40. Choco San Pedro says:

    i cannot use my clipping mask +Blue Lightning TV the capslock didn't even help nothing is still working

  41. Marve says:

    My brush tool isnt working when you "brush out" the excess trees, and when you "brighten the woman's face"? Any help would be appreciated.

  42. Maria Van-Hein Sackey says:

    very descriptive video, thank you, the others were bombo….

  43. Cahaya Timur says:

    thank you Marty, greeting from Indonesia

  44. shine key says:

    Last part won't work for me … I tried a lot but my brush tool won't work

  45. Anna Beukema says:

    My brush doesn't work…. How is that possible?

  46. Johnny Sipp says:

    thank you for not having distracting music playing in the background 😉

  47. Sol Medina says:

    great, very comprehensive tutorial. thank you!

  48. Martin Caird says:

    Very well planned out, a pleasure to listen to. Thanks.

  49. Joe Ng says:

    Very easy to follow. Thanks!

  50. Ishpreet Singh says:

    my brush wont do anything in the last part. i tried adding a layer but i didnt know what to do further

  51. Sebastián E says:

    super clear instructions. thanks a lot for the tutorial video!

  52. aras aezat says:

    well explained and worked for me , greeting from Kurdistan

  53. edoup says:

    Nice Video tutorial, thanks so much for this great informative tutorial

  54. sara saba says:

    THANK YOU ….. you are just amazing …… love aii your tutorials

  55. Pulse Hazardzz says:

    if u try shutter stock it says shutterstock on the photo

  56. Daisy Steel says:

    my brush tool will not blend out , but instead paint either black or white, any suggestions how i can fix this?

  57. Brian Chang M FL says:

    just started photoshop few days and that the best video i found to learn double exposure ,… easy to understand,… thanks a lot!!! subscribed!!

  58. Lisha Zheng says:

    excellent video!

  59. laura heavner says:

    Thank you! Your tutorials are always so easy to follow.

  60. Reatha Carey says:

    Thank you for this tutorial, Very well presented to help me creat a Double-Exposure

  61. Ioan-Sebastian Sofiean says:

    what can i do if doesn't restore the trees just erase them i changed the color with X but nothing hapens please help 🙂

  62. gaixx qyzs says:

    can u show me how to combine two faces photo make it double face.. I hope u can help me.. tq

  63. Hexson HD says:

    Guys at 2:20 im not finding layers down on the right side ! How can I get that ? – please help

  64. imed hamdi says:

    your voice is amazing for tutorials dude really amazing 😀 😀

  65. Ishan43 says:

    I did My First Double Exposure with the help of You!! 🙂 Thank You So Much!!

  66. Riska Ros says:

    im glad i found this video love the explanation !!

  67. Big-D says:

    what is intro music?

  68. Barbara Ferrini says:

    thank you so much, I was stuck and your tutorial really helped me out

  69. emma lissette alvarado vasquez says:


  70. Gabriel Cardaire says:

    Excellente et très didactique vidéo !!

  71. Latifah Osazee says:

    you are the best!

  72. Linda Meek Makeup says:


  73. shamindra rodrigo says:

    this channel contains the best photoshop tutorials on youtube. Very descriptive. Keep it up…

  74. spyderdon1 says:

    Very Detail Orientated .

  75. Olivia. Life says:

    So well done. Perfect actually. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  76. Eder Ferreira says:

    oooo my godd this video helps me lot thanks for you Suporte

  77. Bruno Fonseca says:

    Congratulations! I like the videos of you! I'm learning a lot. Thank you

  78. Miguel Ramos says:


  79. OmegaGirl2278 0 says:

    whenever you used the brush to fade the two images together, all it did was just draw white over top of it. How can i fix that?

  80. DEMONIC COC says:

    love you're videos!!!! keep it up man I can't stop watching them!

  81. David B says:

    Can you apply this to Gimp as well?

  82. Merd Güm ! says:

    @Blue Lightning TV Photoshop Hey. I'm having difficulties at the last part. I can clear forest image with my brush tool but its not restoring back when i reverse colors. How can i fix that?

  83. Richard ElDeep says:

    You're too clear to skip a second of your videos

  84. Tim Sintebin says:

    Thank you very much. It helped me a lot!

  85. Ariel Falero says:

    Marti, you're the man. I am so thankful for you. You have made me such a better designer since I have been following you. Your complex, but yet so easy to do skills have evolved me very much. Here is an image I made off your tut and my imagination. You will always be a teacher. Thank you

  86. Tracey Mahoney says:

    love your tutorials they are so simple to follow not like the others . Ty

  87. ahmed foda says:

    you the best , very nice

  88. Glenda says:

    Your tips are the best, thanks! Glenda

  89. Meruu says:

    Does anyone have any more photos like the trees? I cant find any good ones to use.

  90. Suryakant Pilankar says:

    Thank You. धन्यवाद ! आभारी आहे !!

  91. Christopher Ivicic says:

    When the Student is ready the Teacher appears…
    I'm so ready and man oh man you're every bit an awesome Teacher.
    Thanks so much for sharing your expertise.

  92. filippo quercia says:

    bello grazie

  93. IMAMZOOH says:


  94. Réda dz says:

    thank you for this video very nice

  95. HowlBeast says:

    THANK YOU.. I feel engaged not bored & simple solutions & all under 10min tutorial.. keep it up

  96. sunil bhatt says:


  97. sunil bhatt says:

    Thanks for stock image's link

  98. Maulik Pandya says:

    Nice video

  99. muqaddas jamal says:

    thank u sir

  100. Thodoris Siorikis says:

    Perfect-Τέλειο!!!!! (Greece)

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