Learn how to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop, using two images, selection methods, layer masks, Adjustment Layers, and more!
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Tools used in this tutorial:
Quick Selection Tool: This selection method works very similar to a brush, allowing you to brush over the areas you wish to turn into a selection. By default, every stroke adds to your selection. If you wish to deselect some areas, hold down your Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key and brush.
Refine Edge: When you initially create a selection, it’s likely to be very sharp around the edges, and likely won’t contain hair or fur. Refine Edge will allow you to not only soften out those edges, but you’ll be able to use Smart Radius to grab hair and fur which may not have been selected.
Color Range: If you’re looking to select all or most of a single color in your image, Color Range will help you do that. It lets you automatically target pure colors, or sample specific colors using the eye dropper. To add to your sample, hold down shift. To subtract, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac). Pressing OK will create the selection.
Layer Masks: If there’s an area of your layer that you wish to hide (or bring back), Layer Masks will help you do that. Painting using a black brush will hide portions of the layer, and painting with a white brush will reveal them.
Adjustment Layers: By using an Adjustment Layers, you’re able to change targeted areas of your photo without damaging the original layer. These can either be applied to the full image, or specific areas using selections or Layer Masks. At any point in the future, you can either make changes to the adjustment, hide it, or delete it completely.
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