Double exposure portraits: a simple tutorial for making surrealist images

Double exposure portraits: a simple tutorial for making surrealist images

How to make a double exposure portrait: steps 4-6

How to make a double exposure portrait: step 4

04 Rotate and resize
Click the Blend mode drop-down menu at the top of the Layers panel and choose Screen to blend the trees with the portrait below. Next hit Cmd/Ctrl+T to enter Free Transform mode. Use the bounding box to rotate and resize the layer to find a pleasing angle for the trees that covers the entire portrait. When you’re happy, hit Enter to apply.

 

How to make a double exposure portrait: step 5

05 Tone the image
Click the Create new adjustment layer icon in the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map. In the Properties Panel, click the gradient preview drop-down menu, then click the cog icon and choose Photographic Toning. Click Append, then select the Cobalt-Iron 2 preset from the list. This converts the image to near-monochrome.

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How to make a double exposure portrait: step 6

06 Boost contrast
Click the Create new adjustment layer icon again and choose Curves. Plot an S-shaped curve to boost the contrast of the image by dragging one point down near the bottom of the diagonal curve line, and a second point up near the top of the line. The more pronounced the S-shape, the greater the contrast boost you will apply.

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