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How to Create a Double Exposure Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You'll Be Creating Double exposure has been around, everywhere, for quite some time now. It's an interesting photographic te...


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What You'll Be Creating

Double exposure has been around, everywhere, for quite some time now. It's an interesting photographic technique that combines two or more exposures into a single image.
  • How to create text in Photoshop
  • How to use masking with text in Photoshop
  • How to adjust visual content within a masked text effect
  • How to create a double exposure text effect 
This tutorial will show you how to use some images, blend modes, and adjustment layers, to create an easy double exposure inspired text effect. It was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on Envato Market.
If you want to learn even more about using Photoshop to create double exposure photography, try our free course on making a double exposure effect.
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:
Create a new 1500 x 1000 px document and fill the Background with White.
Create the text in All Caps using the font Peace Sans Regular, and use a fairly big size to show the details better.
The Size here is set to 500 pt, and the Tracking is set to 100. But you can use any other values you like with your text.
Create the Text
Place the Branches 3 image on top of the text layer, and resize it as needed.
Add the Branches Image
Command-click the text layer's thumbnail to create a selection.
Create a Selection
Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and click the Intersect with selection icon in the Options bar.
Then, click and drag to select the first letter you have, and release.
Select the First Letter
This will deselect all the letters except for the first one.
Selected First Letter
With the branches layer selected, click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Mask the Selection
Place a new copy of the branches image, and then repeat the same steps for each of the remaining letters you have.
Each letter should have its own branches layer masked to it.
Mask the Rest of the Letters
Make the original text layer invisible by clicking the eye icon next to it.
Make the Original Text Layer Invisible
Click the chain icon between the layer and mask thumbnails to unlink them. This will allow you to move the image inside the mask instead of with it.
Press Command-T to enter Free Transform Mode. Move, rotate, and resize the branch inside its letter until you like how things look.
Hit Return to accept the changes.
Position the Branches Inside the Text
Repeat that for the rest of the letters you have, and don't forget to relink the thumbnails when you're done.
Place all the branches' layers in a group and call it Text.
Repeat and Group
Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient Map.
Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer
Click the Clip to layer icon, and click the gradient fill box to create the gradient used.
To create the Gradient, you’ll need to click below the gradient bar to add Color Stops, and when you click each Color Stop, you can change its Color and Location values. Here are the Color Stop values used from left to right:
Color - Location
  • #282828 - 0%
  • #5c5353 - 25%
  • #877a7a - 50%
  • #ada3a3 - 75%
  • #f1eded - 100%
Create the Gradient Fill
Place the New York Buildings image on top of all layers, resize it as needed, and change its layer's Blend Mode to Lighten.
Command-click the text layer's thumbnail to create a selection, and click the Add layer mask icon to mask the buildings image.
This will finish off the double exposure effect, but we'll add some more color adjustment layers to enhance the final outcome.
Add the Overlay Texture
Add another Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of all layers, and create the gradient using the colors #48406e to the left, #76747e in the center, and #fbc690 to the right.
Then, lower the layer's Opacity to a value around 35%.
Gradient Map
Add a Levels adjustment layer on top of all layers, and adjust the settings of each channel as shown below:
Levels
In this tutorial, we created some text, and masked an image of branches to each of its letters separately.
Then, we positioned the branches inside each letter, and adjusted the coloring with a gradient map. After that, we added an overlay texture to create the double exposure effect. Finally, we used some more adjustment layers to adjust the coloring of the final result.
Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.
Final result
Love the double exposure look? Check out this selection of visually engaging and easy to use double exposure Adobe Photoshop actions that you can download and try out today. Actions make it easier than ever to achieve beautiful visual effects. 

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