Double exposure photographs are akin to eye-catching movie posters and exciting book covers: you simply can’t get enough of them. While they may look exceedingly complicated, double exposures aren’t difficult to create. All you need is a set of photos, an editing program, and most importantly: a big imagination.
Below, you will find quick tips on how to create incredible double exposures out of anything. By the end of this article, you’ll understand more about design, shortcuts, and color correction. Have fun! 🙂
Perfecting alignment using the free transform tool
Once you’ve set your second layer to Screen, press Ctrl and T simultaneously. This will give you full control over the placement of the photo. Begin by sizing your image to complement your main outline – the image’s four corners can be dragged in any direction to change its size. Right clicking the selected image will provide you with an abundance of options: rotation, warping, flipping, and more. Use these wisely, as they will determine the overall impression of your entire composition. If you’re unhappy with the way you distorted a shot, simply press escape on your keyboard and any changes made to your photo will be undone. Easy! Experiment with angles and distortions, no matter how unrealistic they may be when compared to reality. Let your imagination soar during this process. This creative freedom will enhance your imagination and motivate you to continuously try out new things in the art world. Plus, it’ll give you some designing experience, which is a huge advantage in today’s virtual world.
Enhancing your double exposure using color correction
An image’s composition is only part of the post-processing equation. The final part involves color correction, something that’s easy to work with, fun to make, and artistically beneficial in a plethora of ways. Think of photo editing apps like VSCO Cam and Afterlight – an instant click gives your snap a visually appealing look. Color correction is similar, though it involves programs like Photoshop, GIMP, and Lightroom. Whichever program you use, make the most of its color correction tools. In Photoshop, curves and selective color will give you full control over every shade in your photo. For instant changes, experiment with PS actions – there are many free actions online, some of which will enhance your double exposures in unbelievable ways. In Lightroom, presets are handy little tools. In a second, they will turn your photo into a masterpiece. Similar to PS actions, Lightroom presets are available for free on many websites. Here’s a list of free PS actions and Lightroom presets. Enjoy!