True Detective Look – Double Exposure in Photoshop

On this video Colin Smith from PhotoshopCAFE shows how to create a double exposure composite image using Adobe Photoshop – True Detective style.

As Smith puts it – the  double exposure effect in Photoshop has become very trendy and in this video he looks at how to create it using blending layers and masks.

We start with a selection on the first image (of a man in this case) using the quick selection and refine edge to add a smart radius – to output make a new layer mask in the refine edge box and press O.K.

Now we need to combine the two images by dragging the second image into the tab of the first one which just selected of the man. From here on there are about 12 more (pretty simple steps (you can read the full written version on Smith’s blog or just watch the video).

We have already covered how create double exposure using Adobe Photoshop in the past (in a more basic tutorial) and you can also check out a short In-Camera Digital Double Exposure Tutorial.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can find more PhotoshopCAFE videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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