How To Do Double Exposure

Have you seen the excellent effect where two photographs are superimposed over each other seamlessly? That's a double exposure effect, and it's a fantastic way to spice up a composition. In the past, you had to perform wizardry and capture two images with the same film exposure. Now, you just need PaintShop Pro learn how to do double exposure and create magical compositions.

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Open your main image in Edit tab

It’s easiest if you choose an image with little noise in the background. A portrait of a person on a solid background is a great example.

3. Choose the subject

On your Tools toolbar, select the Smart Selection Brush from the selection tools. Keep the Mode on your Tool Options palette as Add (Shift). Select the subject of your image by directly clicking on it. If necessary, click and drag to add to your selection. Also, It’s possible to exclude from the selection by setting the Mode to Remove (Ctrl).

4. Promote selected subject to a new layer

Right-click on the background layer in the Layers palette. Then, select Promote Selection to Layer. After that, deselect the subject with Ctrl+D.

5. Add a new white layer underneath the promoted layer

5.1. Add a Raster Layer

Click on the New Layer icon drop list in the Layers palette and select New Raster Layer. A dialog box will appear, click ok.

5.2. Modify the layer

Drag the new layer underneath the promoted layer and above your background layer. Select the Flood Fill tool from the Tools toolbar. Make Sure that the Foreground and Stroke Properties is set to white in your Materials palette, and then click on your new layer to fill with white.

6. Desaturate the obtained subject

Remain on your Promoted Selection layer and choose Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Hue/Saturation/Lightness. Change the saturation slider to -100.

7. Modify the brightness/contrast

Choose Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness/Contrast and turn your brightness and contrast sliders up slightly. The double exposure effect will be visible mostly in dark portions of the image. For that, you’ll have to modify the settings depending on the actual image.

8. Copy and paste the image you wish to blend

Open the image you wish to blend with the subject. Copy (Ctrl C) the image and move back to the original project. Then, paste (Ctrl V) the image on top of the Promoted Selection layer.

9. Select the blend mode to Lighten

At the top of your Layers palette, select Lighten from the drop list of blend modes. Position the top image if you feel for a better composition. That’s it – you’re all done! After the double exposure is completed, you can always go back and change the Brightness and Contrast to expose more of either image, until you are satisfied.

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PaintShop Pro's image editing tools allow you to quickly and easily use double exposure to create some neat images.

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