Combine two images into one
Open the image you want to use, or try Double-Exposure- Flowers.jpg from the Start Images folder. Hit Ctrl+A followed by Ctrl+C to copy the flowers, then close the image. Now open Double-Exposure-Portrait.jpg and then press Ctrl+V to paste the flowers on top of the portrait. To blend the two pics together, open the Layers palette (WindowtLayers) change the Blending Mode from Normal to Screen. The initial effect is good, but by pressing Ctrl+T and dragging your cursor outside the bounding box, you can rotate the fl owers by 180° and move them until they blend with the face a little better. Hit Return to set down the changes. If there’s anything around the edges you don’t want paint over them with the Brush tool using a white foreground colour.
Blend the face with the flowers
To control how the face appears through the flowers, go to Layer Layer Mask Reveal All, then press D followed by X to set your foreground colour to black. In the Tool Options bar, reduce the Brush Opacity to 30% and then start painting across the face to slowly hide the flowers, revealing the portrait and blending the two together. Some of the leaves are missing from the back of the head, so to bring them back first click on the portrait Layer to make it active. Next go to LayertNewtLayer and click OK. Press D on the keyboard and paint on the areas where the leaves are missing to reveal them. Once you’ve done this, press X to swap to a white brush and paint around areas such as the top of the head to further help with the blending process.
Photoshop Genius SPECIAL EFFECTS
C OMBINING PHOTOS TO CREATE special effects may be seen as a technique that arrived with Photoshop, but its roots can be traced back to the earliest days of photography. There were two main ways to approach the task. The first was to take a photo and then capture a different image onto the same frame of film. The second way would involve sandwiching two photos together and printing or projecting the result. This second method took out some of the guesswork involved in the first, and it most closely resembles our digital double exposure technique. While the results are a lot more controllable, there’s still plenty of unpredictability in the process and that’s part of its charm. The good news is you’ll see your results instantly and with a few simple editing tricks you can seamlessly blend the images and create something unique and original. For this project we’re using a portrait and some flowers, but you can use any pictures to create your own images. For the effect to work well though, the secret is to have both subjects on a white background. You can shoot them this way or make a Selection in Photoshop, and fill it with white.
Boost contrast & add a background
The end result may lack a little contrast so to improve it, click the flower Layer to make it active, then click Layert New Adjustment Layer Levels and then OK. Working from left to right, set the three slider values to 30, 1.25 and 235. To add a complementary background, go to Layer+New Layer and click OK. Next, press D and then X to set the foreground colour to white and then click on the black background colour swatch. Use the Color Picker to select a colour directly from the image, and then select the Gradient Tool. Using the Foreground to Background gradient and the Radial type in the Tool Options bar, click in the centre of the image and drag to the edge. Blend this graduated background into the image by changing its Blending Mode from Normal to Multiply.