Double Color Exposure Effect Photoshop Tutorial

How's it going everyone, this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial Now my most popular tutorial on this channel is my guide to creating the trendy Double Exposure effect, where two photographs are blended into one image to create a surreal picture

I've since noticed that a new style of double exposure photography is becoming pretty popular, where two different coloured images are overlaid to create a similar effect to the 3D anaglyph look, or chromatic aberrations, also known as color fringing In Photoshop the effect can be replicated using the Channels, so let's get started and I'll show you how to create this example using two model poses To begin you'll need two separate photographs The common use for this effect is to combine two shots of the same model, but in two completely different poses, but I've also seen great examples using two different people, or a shot of a human mixed with an animal, which looks pretty cool Just like the double exposure effect, this double color exposure effect relies on having a nice clean studio shot with no background

I'm using a couple of images I picked up from Shutterstock named Fashionable Girl in a Vest Open up Photoshop and place the two images onto two separate layers A quick way to do this is to go to File > Scripts > Load Layers into Stack Browse to your files and hit OK Or you could do it manually by copying and pasting from one document to another

The easiest way to alter the channels in Photoshop is through the Layer Styles Double click the top layer, then turn off and on the three R, G and B checkboxes to toggle between the Red, Green and Blue channels to see the different colour combinations you can achieve I'm going for a red and cyan effect by unchecking the Red channel Use the shortcut CMD+T to Transform the image, then move or scale it so the effect allows both images to be individually recognisable while still providing an interesting overlap Hit the Enter key when you're done to apply the change

That's essentially the effect complete, but there's a few finishing touches we can add to enhance the final result Add a Selective Color Adjustment Layer from the bottom of the Layers panel Begin adjusting the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black sliders to alter the overall colour of the Red layer I ended up with +33, -7, -10 and -14, but the visual preview is more important than these specific values Change the drop down to Cyans to target the blue version of the image and adjust the sliders to alter the colour and overall contrast

I boosted all the colours to 37, 20, 22 and 90 respectively Next add a Levels adjustment layer to further alter the contrast of the image Darken the shadows slightly by dragging the black slider inwards to around 22, then boost the highlights by dragging the white slider to around 236, or wherever the histogram suggests the tones should be clipped in your image Finally, add a Color Balance adjustment layer and begin moving the sliders back and forth while watching the live preview to apply some interesting colour grading to the image I wanted to give mine a yellowy colour cast so I carefully altered the colours between the Midtones, Shadows and Highlights to balance between the warm and cool hues

The final result is a great alternative to the popular double exposure effect that produces a vibrant double color exposure instead It works perfectly when you have two similar looking shots, but combining two totally different photographs can generate some interesting and colourful results Don't forget to check out my normal double exposure tutorial if you fancy giving that a try, and subscribe to my channel if you want to stick around for more video tutorials I also have loads of written tutorials and free design resources over on my website at spoongraphics

So thank you very much for watching and I'll see you in the next one

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