Double Exposure with
Guided Edit Mode
in Photoshop Elements 2018

Double Exposure with Guided Edit was added to Photoshop Elements 2018.

We'll go through the process and pick up a few tips and tricks along the way.




Click on the video below to see exactly how it works.

Under the video is an illustrated step-by-step guide showing how to use the Double Exposure in Guided Edit with Photoshop Elements.












Photo by Marco W. on Unsplash











The Step-By-Step Guide


STEP ONE- Open The Photo That You Want Use.

The first thing you need to do is to open the photo that you want to apply  the Double Exposure effect to.

If you want to follow along with me you can access the same photo that I use by using the link to UnSplash under the video above.






STEP TWO- Choose The Effect From The Guided Edit Mode.

You need to navigate to where the Double Exposure effect is located which is under the Guided Edit mode.

Make sure that you're in Guided Edit mode by clicking on "Guided" at the top of the window.


Once you get to Guided Edit mode click on the "Fun Edits" tab.


The Double Exposure effect is represented by the thumbnail located near the upper-left of the window.

Click on the thumbnail to begin.

Click on the Double Exposure thumbnail (outlined in red above) to begin.






STEP THREE- Using the Double Exposure Guided Edit Window.

In Guided Edit mode you have some view options located near the upper-left of the window. Right now the view is set to "After Only".


When you click on the view box a list of view options pops up. You can choose from:

  • After Only
  • Before Only
  • Before and After - Horizontal
  • Before and After - Vertical

I'm going to leave it set to After Only but you might want to choose a different view option.


The guided steps to achieve the effect are located along the right side of the window.

The steps to achieve the effect are listed in the panel along the right side of the window.

Above the steps is a thumbnail of a photo that has had the effect applied to it. You can place your cursor over the thumbnail to see the original version of the photo.

Each step is numbered and describes what to do. It also gives you access to any tools you might need to perform the step.






STEP FOUR- Just Follow The Guide (Or NOT).

The idea behind using the Guided Edit mode is that you follow the outlined steps to achieve the effect and any needed tools are provided for quick and easy access.

For example Step 1. for the Double Exposure effect tells you to crop your photo around your subject.

And right below those instructions is a button that you can click to make the Crop tool active.


I like to point out that in the Double Exposure with Guided Edit effect (and most of the other Guided Edit effects) some of the steps are optional and can be skipped for different results.

For example the screenshot below shows the results when all five of the steps for the Double Exposure effect are followed:


Compare the results of the above image with the results below where I only used one of the five steps (Step 3 was the only step I used.)

We still get a Double Exposure effect, it's just different from the previous one.









And that brings us to the end of this tutorial on how to use Double Exposure with Guided Edit in Photoshop Elements.

Until next time, this is Rick saying . . . Take care!









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