Photoshop: How to Quickly Create Stunning, Black and White Double-Exposure Portraits


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you a quick and easy technique to create stunning, black and white, double-exposure portraits. This is an update of tutorials I’ve done
on earlier versions of Photoshop. Before we begin, if you’re not already a
subscriber to my channel, click that small “Subscribe” button at the lower, right
corner to let you know as soon as I upload new Photoshop tutorials. Open a color or black and white photo of someone
in which one half of the face is in shadow. It can be a profile or face-forward. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. If it’s a black and white image, go to Image,
Mode and click “RGB color” and 8 bits per Channel. Open your Crop Tool and your list of crop
presets. Click Width, Height and Resolution and clear
the width and height. I’ll make its resolution: 150 pixels per inch. Go to each side of the bounding box and drag
them in until your image is sized and positioned to accommodate the second photo that you’ll
be using for the double-exposure. Then, press Enter or Return, or click the
check-mark at the top. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl
or Cmd + 0 or press Ctrl or Cmd and the plus sign to zoom it in incrementally. Next, we’ll brush in black outside the area
of your subject that’s in shadow. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Open your Brush Tool and make sure your foreground
and background colors are black and white respectively . If they’re not, press “D” on
your keyboard. Open your Brush Picker and pick a soft, round brush. We’ll adjust its size in a moment. Make its Hardness: 0% and the Opacity and
Flow: 100%. To make your brush bigger or smaller, make
sure your CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Then, brush outside the area of your subject
that’s in shadow. Next, we’ll make a selection that delineates
your subject from its background. First, make your subject active. If the background is a solid color as in this
example, you can use the Magic Wand Tool, however, if the background on your image is
not a solid color, the Quick Selection Tool is generally a good choice. If you’re using the Magic Wand tool, make
sure “Contiguous” is checked to ensure that the inside of your subject won’t be selected,
as well. Click anywhere on the background to make a
selection of it. Open another photo that you’d like to use
for your double-exposure. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. To place it onto our subject, press “v” to
open your Move Tool and drag it onto the tab of your subject. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. We’ll adjust its size and position in a minute. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
of the selection next to the other photo. Since we want to size and position the photo,
but not the Layer Mask, click off the chain-link icon to unlink the layer and the layer mask. Doing this allows us to resize and position
either of them independently of the other. Click the photo to make it active and change
its Blend Mode to “Hard Light”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. Make the photo active and open your Transform
Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow,
press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it out or in. If you’re using version CC 2019 or later,
just press Alt or Option as you drag it. To reposition it, go inside the Transform’s
bounding box and drag it. When the photo is sized and positioned to your liking inside your subject, press Enter or Return. To bring out the detail in the darkest areas,
invert your foreground and background colors by pressing “x” on your keyboard or by clicking this icon. Open your Dodge Tool. Open the “Range” list and click, “Midtones”. Make the Exposure 100. I’ll make its size 500 pixels and its Hardness
0%, but feel free to make it any size you like. Brush over the darkest areas to bring out
their detail. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

32 Replies to “Photoshop: How to Quickly Create Stunning, Black and White Double-Exposure Portraits”

  1. thank u sir marty, it is adeni from Tanzania I really love en appreciate your tutorial
    because of your tutorial I will be a professional designer

  2. I subscribed this channel for a long time because I like the way He does make these tutorial step by step.

    stay bless man.

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