How to achieve a double exposure text effect using Photoshop

17/06/2024 95

Double exposure effect is the overlap, the combination of 2 or more exposure levels, it will make your design more impressive. You can absolutely create a double exposure text effect in Photoshop by combining many different tools. Let's see how to do it with SaDesign through the sharing below.

How to achieve a double exposure text effect using Photoshop

Double exposure effect is the overlap, the combination of 2 or more exposure levels, it will make your design more impressive. You can absolutely create a double exposure text effect in Photoshop by combining many different tools. Let's see how to do it with SaDesign through the sharing below.

double exposure text effect in Photoshop

To get double exposure text effect in Photoshop, first we need to have the text.

Step 1: Create a new document in Photoshop sized 1500 x 1000 px and fill the Background color with white. 

Create a text using the Type Tool, making the text size quite large to display details better. 

Set the Size to 360 pt and Tracking to 100. But you can use any other value you like.

Create a new document in Photoshop sized 1500 x 1000 px

Step 2: Download the image Branches 3 to your device. This is an image of the tree canopy with the background removed, which will be an exposure layer of the text. Then, load up on the text layer and resize it if needed.

load up on the text layer and resize it if needed.

Step 3: Press Ctrl and click on the text layer thumbnail to create a selection.

 Press Ctrl and click on the text layer thumbnail to create a selection.

Step 4: Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click the Intersect with Selection icon on the Options bar. Then, click and drag to select the first letter and release. Now, only the first letter is selected.

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool

Step 5: With the layer selected, click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Step 6: Place a new copy of the tree branch image, then repeat the same steps for each remaining letter. Each letter should have its own masked layer.

Place a new copy of the tree branch image

Step 7: Now, we will make the original text layer invisible by clicking on the eye icon next to it.

we will make the original text layer invisible

Step 8: Click the link icon between the layer thumbnails and the mask to unlink them. 

Press Ctrl+T to enter Free Transform Mode. Move, rotate, and resize the branch inside its letter until you find everything looks best. 

Press Enter to accept the changes.

Click the link icon between the layer thumbnails and the mask to unlink them.

Step 9: Repeat that for the remaining letters and don't forget to re-link the thumbnails when you're done. Put all the branch layers into one group and call it “Text”.

Repeat that for the remaining letters

Step 10: Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map.

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon

Step 11: Click the Clip to layer icon and click the gradient fill box to create the gradient used. 

To create a Gradient, you need to click below the gradient bar to add Color Stops, and when you click on each Color Stop, you can change its Color and Location values. Here are the Color Stop values ​​used from left to right:

  • #282828 - 0%

  • #5c5353 - 25%

  • #877a7a - 50%

  • #ada3a3 - 75%

  • #f1eded - 100%

Click the Clip to layer icon and click the gradient fill box

Step 12: Download the  New York Building image to your device. Place it on top of all the layers, resize it if necessary, and change the layer's Blend Mode to Lighten. 

Press Ctrl and click on the text layer thumbnail to create a selection and click the Add layer mask icon to mask the building image. 

This will finish off the double exposure effect, but we'll add a few more color adjustment layers to enhance the final result.

Press Ctrl and click on the text layer thumbnail

Step 13: Add another Gradient Map layer on top of all the layers and create a gradient by using the colors #48406e on the left, #76747e on the center and #fbc690 on the right. 

Then, reduce the layer's Opacity to about 35%.

Add another Gradient Map layer on top of all the layers

Step 14: Add a Levels adjustment layer on top of all layers and adjust the setting of each channels as shown below:

Add a Levels adjustment layer on top of all layers

We’ve got the result:

We’ve got the result:

So, you have created double exposure text effect in Photoshop. It's not difficult to do, you can change the settings to get different results.

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