How to Create a Surreal Double Exposure Portrait Using Photoshop

Here’s a tutorial by photographer Stephen Davies on how you can create a pseudo double exposure photograph using a couple simple steps in Photoshop.

Step 1: Open It Up

Open up your background image in Photoshop.

Step 2: Overlay the Portrait

Open up your portrait and overlay your it on your background image.

Step 3: Blend Mode

Set the blend mode of the portrait layer to “Lighten”. Adjust the image to your liking.

Step 4: Crop and Flatten

Crop out the portrait and flatten the layers. Voila! You’re done.

(via DYIP)

Image credits: Photographs by Stephen Davies and used with permission

  • will hall

    sorry but that looks like something youd find on

  • Matt

    And in related news: lens flares can add that special touch to every photo.

  • Luke Hermann

    Bath salts should not be taken while photo editing, only after.

  • Melka

    Ok. that is ugly.
    How did it pop on Petapixel?

  • 9inchnail

    Photoshop 101

  • michaelp42

    Man alive that’s one ugly end result!

  • RD

    That’s isn’t very good, now is it?

  • The Critic

    “surreal” is certainly one word to describe it. I can think of others.

  • Nathan Marquardt

    I’d also paint a layer mask over her eyes, for fucks sake she looks like a zombie!

  • Joseph Mietus

    Because it was on Reddit a few days ago.

  • 9inchnail

    But just as long as you don’t start eating people’s faces. Not cool.

  • Boyd

    how do i do double exposure portraits like the Placebo – Meds style?