How to get Double Exposure to Christmas Fun with Diana Photo App
'Tis the Season to Sparkle
With the Christmas festivities in the air, many of us would be planning to show off a little. Yeah, you read that correctly. The festive atmosphere actually means that one would get away with showing off feisty clothes, loud makeup or funky accessories. And why not? ’Tis the season to sparkle!
How about showing off a new skill? How about creating a unique Christmas picture for the coolest Facebook Status Update or a greeting for wishing your loved ones which feature you along with flaunting some amazing Double Exposure effects?
This tutorial will help you to create your unique Christmas image with some enthralling Double Exposure effects. And all you need to create these images is, your mobile phone, a few apps downloaded on your device, and some pictures and design assets. All the assets we will use for our project will be available for download with at least Personal Use License. The links would be in the Resources section.
So let’s get started. A familiarity with the concept of Digital Double Exposure is a must for anyone who wants to create stunning Double Exposure images. We will cover that theoretical aspect of our tutorial in the next section. If you are familiar with the concept, just skip and move on to the next section.
Introduction to Double Exposure
Digital Double Exposure typically means superimposition of one image on another, creating an image which you could call a ghost image because of the translucent blend of the two images. Each image is like a 'layer'. These ‘layers’ were traditionally created by exposing the film twice or more than that in case of Multiple Exposure Images.
However, digital Double Exposure is more of ‘post-processing’ where one can overlay one image on another and create either abstract images or even pictures with can convey deep, meaningful messages.
When you search for Double Exposure, you will see a lot of images with silhouettes as one of the two images in the composite image. That is because, the blackish or let’s say, dark portions in an image will be the hole-y areas, or areas from where the second image will show through.
However, instead of completely black and white, the ‘silhouette images’ have various shades of colors, or various shades of grey, which make the final composition more interesting.
Here are a few examples. These images could show a woman thinking about Manhattan Skyline, or a man whose mind is full of deep forest, a lady whose has trees growing up from her head. Those are some terrible descriptions, but the actual final picture compositions are quite awesome.
Some Cool Double Exposure Compositions
Selecting the Apt Images for the Project
For our Christmas double exposure project, a first recommended image would be an image in which you are featuring as a happy person, but you could choose to look serious and thoughtful as well, it is your choice really. The second image should be something you would want to blend with. For e.g. Christmas Decoration, Lighting, or some kind of fantastical fairy like we have chosen for this project.
The first image should have some dark areas, as these dark areas would later help in creating a beautiful blend by superimposition. These could be your hair, areas with shadows, or a dim background. An image which is too bright all over could be a bad choice for a double exposure project.
Diana Photo App
Instead of any full-fledged image editing software, we are using a mobile app for this project which is dedicated to Double Exposure. The Diana photo app can create for you a little world free of stress with its promise of happy accidents. Take a look at the following screenshot, The second icon on the top, showing two dice, when tapped1 will randomly select two pictures from your photos and apply one of the many filters while superimposing the images on one another. You can change the order of the images, change one or both of the images, or keep the image selection intact, and change the filter to a more suitable one for this set of images.
For selecting an image of your choice, simply tap the preview2 of the image. This will open the Photos gallery and you can choose the album and the image. Then you can zoom in, pan and crop the image. However, once the images are selected, you can not move them. As in, you can not zoom and pan to get the desired part of the picture. Any such arrangement can only be done in the beginning3 when you select the image. If a change is required, we can select the same image again.
The filter can be changed by a tap and hold in the composition preview (the largest square in the center) area. A grid of all the filters is shown, we can tap to select and apply one of these. Alternatively, you can swipe to scroll through all the filters — this will show the name of the filter along with applying it. It does look really cool in most cases when you see two filters applied to your double exposure composition side by side.
The slider in the middle is in the center by default. You can slide it towards either end to make one image more prominent than the other in the blend.
Once satisfied you can save and/or share the image by tapping the first icon on the top.
 Diana photo app also has a shake to select feature. Instead of tapping the die icon, you could simply shake to reset the selection of images and filter.
There are two icons on each of the preview areas. The left one is for selecting an image from the photos, and right one allows you to take a new image.
There is a ghost image feature which will help you to arrange the image in the desired location in the beginning itself.
Did you already know about Diana Photo App and/or Double Exposure?
Diana Photo App is a cool little treasure and so are the Double Exposure effects. Did you already know about them?
Adding Stylized Text Overlay
Although Diana has a text tool, with a real cool quotation feature, some people find it very limited. One reason is, we can not change the color of the text or stylize it. Changing the size is also a cumbersome job, as you will have to repeatedly tap on the big T or small T icon to increase or decrease the size respectively. Also, you can't change the color of the text.
If we just want a flat color overlay, we can do with the mobile app Over also, which has been explained in detail in another overlay tutorial. But, for our sparkling Christmas image, we would want something more than just a simple, mono-color text overlay.
So, we will do this in two steps. First, we will download a fantastic ready-to-use overlay asset, which happens to be part of a bundle of many overlay assets for Christmas as a generous gift from DesignBundles.net website, so you will have many options to choose from. Second, we will stylize this overlay with transparent background in another app, full of swoon-worthy photo editing features, called PicsArt.
You can use the download link in the resources section to grab the bundle. Then extract the file called “Tis the season to sparkle.png” from the bundle and keep it handy to be opened it PicsArt.
Now launch PicsArt.
Tap on the plus button at the bottom and open the aforementioned file. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything in the preview area, the image and the background are both black. We will first have to change its color from black to white. For that, tap on the arrow icon on the top, and then tap on fx, the third icon at the bottom. Choose colors, scroll that strip at the bottom till you see "Invert", and then tap it. Tap Apply (top right), and once you are back, tap on Magic, the second icon at the bottom.
Play with the fabulous options available here, and select the one that will suit your double exposure composition, we are going to use “Stay Gold” for staying golden and sparkly for our project. Tap on Apply, and save this overlay.
Now, close this project, open your double exposure composition image, and then using “Add photo”, the fourth tool at the bottom, add the stylized overlay we just created. Pinch and Pan to have it at your desired location, save your image and you are done.
Here is the final image once again, along with a few more examples of Christmas Double exposure images. Hope you love this little project and have a lot of fun and of course get a lot of compliments from your loved ones.
Our Final Image and Few More Christmas Images with Double Exposure
Will you use Double Exposure?
So... Did you like this technique enough to get your hands dirty?
Mobile apps & design assets used in the project:
1. PicsArt on iTunes
2. Diana Photo App on iTunes. Please note that the free version puts a watermark, and has lesser number of filters.
3. SVG Design Bundle Vol II on DesignBundles.net
4. Images from Pixabay.com. Search for Christmas decorations or Christmas Backgrounds.
© 2017 Anusha Jain