How to Create Double Exposure Wallpapers + A FREE download!

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

ever wondered how i create those hand-lettered text overlay wallpapers that i’ve been sharing on my blog as of recent?

while that wallpaper series is mostly over, i’ve been inspired by Hannah from Hannah’s Wifi to write a detailed tutorial on just how i do it, taking you through the list of apps i use, how i edit and a couple of tips – so here it is!

as the whole process is pretty complicated (and i’ve got tons of screenshots for this post!) i’m going to try to organize it into a few stages – The Quote, The Background Photo, and The Fusing. (it sounds so fancy, but don’t worry, it isn’t!)

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // grab a FREE overlay phone wallpaper too! {via The Magical Canopy}

ready to start?!

the quote

what you’ll need:

• calligraphy tools

• paper

• your phone for photos (and the later editing!)

• apps – Instagram, aillis

how to do:

1. write out your words on a piece of white paper.

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

2. then, snap a photo of it with your phone’s camera!

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

This is the actual snap of my lettering!

3. open it up in the iPhone default photo editor (woohoo! no need to download extra apps). we’re going to try to make the background of this photo pure white, while the calligraphy text stays black.

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a) using the “Light” sliders, bump up the Exposure, Brightness and Contrast. (if you like it, you can increase the Black Point too)

b) after saving these edits, you might notice that the white background of the words isn’t really pure white like the rest of your phone display…

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

4. here’s where you open up the photo in Instagram’s photo editor!

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy} • How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

a) to remove the colour cast, bump up the warmth/coolness (for blueish photos and orangish photos respectively), and lower the saturation slightly.

b) you’ll notice that the colour cast disappears after a while of editing! save this photo.

5. finally, open this photo in aillis, and select the “Paint” function. use a 3:4 canvas.

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a) using the “stamp” function, tap “crop” and select the quote photo that you just edited from your photo’s library.

b) adjust the quote on the rest of the white background, then save it when you’re happy. (tip: to make sure the timestamp on your phone’s lockscreen doesn’t cover your text when it’s a wallpaper, adjust the quote to somewhere nearer to the bottom of the photo)

c) back in your Photos, don’t forget to crop this saved photo (^) back to a 2:3 ratio, which is the size of the iPhone screen.

THE background

what you’ll need:

• a suitable background you like!

how to do:

1. my favourite HD photo source is Unsplash! the photos there are of an insanely high quality, and mainly of landscapes, which are perfect for inspirational quotes.

2. just scroll through the stock photo site (which, by the way, is FREE), and download whichever one you like!

THE fusing

what you’ll need:

• Fused app

• your quote and background photo from the previous stages

how to make:

1. pop into the Fused app and choose the background photo you downloaded earlier as the background of this fuse.

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy} • How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

a) make sure you choose the square crop for this photo.

b) for the quote photo, use the original crop.

2. choose a double-exposure format from those available in the app (based on your preference!) remember to focus on the visibility of those words.

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

3. save the finished photo, then reopen it in your Photos. (i promise, we’re almost done here!)

• How Make Double-Exposure Wallpapers • // detailed tutorial on making overlays on your phone {via The Magical Canopy}

a) crop this final photo back to the 2:3 ratio to fit your phone screen.

and yes, we’re freaking done! gosh, that took me so long to write, but i hope it helps you along to become a double-exposure wallpaper-creating master! (whew, that was a tongue-twisting phrase, even in my mind.)

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aaand as you can see above, if you love that wallpaper featured, you can get it with a quick newsletter signup here (or through the button of the photo). i’ll be sending it out excluuusively to subscribers only, so you can’t get it anywhere else! (and you’ll get loads more exclusive wallpapers in future. don’t worry, i never spam)

happy september everyone! and don’t forget to share this with your other wallpaper lovin’ friends.

xx, roxanne


p.s. In case you lost it… here’s that newsletter link again! Oh, and I think you’ll love this free phone wallpaper too. 

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7 thoughts on “How to Create Double Exposure Wallpapers + A FREE download!

  1. basicallyhannah says:

    Hey Roxanne!! Since exams are over, I decided to try my hand at making this wallpaper. It turned out brilliant!! I do need some practice at learning how to use Aillis but I love it! Thank you so much for this lovely tutorial!! :DD

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  2. turtrox says:

    Thanks Carmen! (psst, if you liked it, you can share it on social media! haha, just kidding.) I’d love to see your final works after you use this tutorial, do send me a link when you’re done! 🙂
    xx, Roxanne

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  3. turtrox says:

    Aww, Hannah you’re totally welcome! After all, your comment gave me a really good post idea. 🙂 And yes, I love to make stuff on my phone without having to download tons of other apps. I’d love to see your wallpapers/other double-exposure works when you’re done! You can always thank me with a link back ;)) So glad you found it helpful!
    xx, Roxanne

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  4. basicallyhannah says:

    Oh my gosh! I just got back from camp and it was a brilliant surprise to see my blog link featured on this page! I’m absolutely ecstatic right now and it’s awesome to know that at least somebody enjoys my content xDD The tutorial was fantastic and I’m happy that exposure bits DO NOT require downloading another app (apart from Instagram)!!! I’m hoping to try this technique and maybe upload it on my blog? :DD All credits goes to you, of course. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial and the feature, I love you! :))

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