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How to Do Double Exposure Images

Last Updated on Jul. 8, 2021 – by David Morgan
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How to Do Double Exposure Images

What is Double Exposure?

Whether you're an enthusiast or a professional photographer, experimenting with trendy new photo effects can add a touch of variety, inspiration, and intrigue to your social media profile. While popular editing effects have changed rapidly over the last few years, artful double exposure photos still have appeal around the world.

Learning how to do double exposure images can feel challenging. The detailed visual effect – achieved by blending two or more high-contrast images to create a single, surreal photograph – can convey deeper meanings, contain subtle symbolism, or portray intense emotion. Unfortunately, double exposure requires a combination of creativity and experience that many beginners have yet to cultivate.

Luckily, even the most inexperienced photo editor can create stunning double exposure photographs using PhotoDirector. This editor’s sleek interface and user-friendly interactive modules will guide you through the process in minutes, capturing your vision without demanding too much of your time.

Click here to download PhotoDirector on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, and start creating today.

Creating Double Exposure Photoshop Effect on Windows and Mac

Creating a double exposure Photoshop effect on PhotoDirector for Windows and Mac is much simpler using PhotoDirector. Just follow these 4 steps:

Step 1: Blend Your Photos

Drag and drop your main image into the PhotoDirector interface. This image will work as the focal point of your creation and feature a beautifully blended final result.

Next, navigate to the "Edit" menu.

Drag your secondary image into the "Blending Mode" panel and ensure that it stacks on top of the main photo.

Scroll through the drop-down "Blending Mode" menu options at the top of the layers panel to determine the most impactful visual effect for your picture.

Step 2: Clarify Your Subject

Stretch the layered image to fit your primary photo.

Next, hide the blended image and select the Smart Brush to apply a mask over the areas that you want to appear more detailed and visible in the final image, such as your subject’s face.

Once you've applied a mask to your image, reveal and select the second layered photo. Use the Eraser Brush at an opacity of 25-30% to create a more subtle effect, softening the line and colors in areas you have selected of the blended image.

Step 3: Perfect Your Colors

Next, select "Adjust Layer" to begin fine-tuning the colors in your photo. Drag the scales to adjust the temperature, exposure, brightness, and HSL settings.

After adjusting the tones of your image, you can navigate to "Guided" to apply a dynamic color effect like Color Splash.

Use the "Restore Color Brush" to add pops of color to the elements you want to feature, then clean up the lines of your photo using the eraser tool.

Step 4: Save and Export

Once you're satisfied with the results, save and export your creation to share it with the world.

Creating Double Exposure Photography on iPhone and Android

When you need to edit on the go, the PhotoDirector app for iPhone and Android can help you push the limits of your vision without slowing you down. Get started by downloading the app for Apple and Android devices and begin creating flawless double exposure photos anytime, anywhere.

Step 1: Choose Your Photos

Select “Edit” when you open the app and choose the main photo you want to be featured in your double exposure.

Then, select "Add Image" to choose your secondary photograph. Navigate to your photo library or search PhotoDirector's vast library of free stock images to find the perfect, high-contrast option to blend with your picture.

After you've chosen a primary and secondary image, scroll through the menu at the bottom of your screen and locate "Blending Mode." You can experiment with each option to find the best one for your photo, though you may realize that you need to adjust your overlay's position and size based on the effect you choose.

Step 2: Fine-Tune the Details

After placing your photo, scroll through the menu options and select "Adjust." From there, make minor adjustments to the exposure, contrast, shadows, and saturation of your photo to capture a dramatic final effect.

Depending on your vision, you may feel ready to save, export, and share with the world. However, if your main image features a blank background, you may choose to add a third image, like a nature scene or a cityscape, for an even more impactful creation.

To do so, click the "+" sign in the bottom left corner of your screen. Select "Add Photo" and upload a stunning image to complete your double exposure photo.

After uploading, adjust the opacity of the third image to make sure all three images blend well together.

Step 3: Export and Share

After you've perfected your image, you're ready to share. Save and export the photo or use PhotoDirector's built-in social media interface to share your image directly to social media.

Start Creating Double Exposure Photos

When done well, double exposure images convey incredible depth, emotion, and symbolism. With PhotoDirector you can start creating these double exposure effects right away without having to spend hours watching Photoshop tutorials.

Learning to edit Instagram photos like a pro doesn't have to feel like a chore. With PhotoDirector, you can combine your vision with unlimited creative capacity. Choose between countless blending modes, smart brushes, and thousands of stock images to enhance your double exposure photos, then use the app's built-in sharing platform to upload directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

No longer are advanced visual effects reserved for experienced content creators. No matter how unique your vision, PhotoDirector's streamlined user interface, enhanced mobile editing tools, and hands-on learning modules will help elevate your creations and improve your skills in minutes.

Get started today by downloading PhotoDirector for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOs.

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