You know how useful Photoshop is for hiding flaws when it comes to graphic design, right? So, what is a Photoshop overlay? That’s a question I’ve been asked more times than I can count. I mean, an overlay is just something that is put on top of something else, right? One thing is placed on top of another. Well, this is taking that idea a step further! Overlaying another image over the top of your pictures so that it floats over the top of everything.
And a Photoshop overlay is just that. A layer of sorts. A way to get a ‘layer’ past all the modifications that Photoshop does to the image, to the colors, to the contrast, the brightness, the hue, the saturation, the sharpness, the procs, the anti-aliasing, the blurring, the motion-blur, the gradients – to make sure that we humans can see things in the image.
The thing is, the overlay doesn’t work like that. An overlay is a false layer. An illusion. It lies to the software – to the ‘thing’ – that sees the image. And the software believes it. Believes that – if an overlay is present – it needs to show it, put it in the picture. And so it does.
I could show you an image without an overlay. That image would get – maybe – two likes on Facebook. I mean, it’s good, sure, but it’s nothing special.
But if I put a Photoshop overlay on it?
Then it would get five hundred likes.
It would get more relevant, more ‘liked.’
Because a Photoshop overlay isn’t put on the image by you, or by me. It’s shoved on top of it by the ‘thing’ that sees the image.
An overlay is magic.
And with just a few minutes of bungling, we’ll flood the internet with magic.
How about when you hear such words as below:
“This picture looks amazing! I am happy and excited you have posted this image! When I read the title and description of this image, I feel interested in this illustration. Oh, my god! The people have drawn the animated figures in the bathroom so similar to the real cartoon figures. It has impressed me. Wow, never have I seen a picture that is so real when I am seeing it. I think I have never read a story that is so awesome and full of thoughts. Keep up such wonderful work, and be happy!”
The Magic of Photoshop Overlays
Everyone has that one photo they’d like to fix in Photoshop, so why not make it simple for them?
Here, we want to see how you think about the process of using overlays in your projects.
For instance, how might you feel about working on a particular design? Would you be excited to create a wonderful design? If you have worked on a design before, what exactly did you enjoy about it? Did you have fun working on it, or were there some parts you felt were truly challenging? How did you feel after working on the graphic design, and what do you think about the result?
Think about these questions, and perhaps come up with more questions or solutions for using Photoshop overlays to spice up your travel photos, remodel your apartment, or beautify your social media profile photos.
You can also talk about how you think your life would be different if you had Photoshop overlays to use whenever you wanted, or how you would feel if you had never seen Photoshop overlays before. If you don’t want to pay for Photoshop overlays then you can even get many free photo overlays online.
Please use the following prompts to get you started, or you can be creative and use some of your own as well!
Did you ever get to use the Photoshop overlays on a project for school? Do you think it was fair for you to be graded on a fun project, or do you think it should be allowed?
Is it okay for someone to use Photoshop overlays on a person’s photo without asking first?
What if you studied graphic design in college? Or had worked in such a field before – would that be okay?
Is it ever okay to remove the lens flare from your photos in Photoshop, or could that be considered disrespectful?
It’s cool when people use non-destructive Photoshop overlays to change the way they edit their photos. Has anyone ever done this to an image you took, and if so, how did you feel about it?
The Process of Using Photoshop Overlays
The process of making an overlay is relatively simple. First, choose a background. Finding a background photograph is relatively simple. The best starting point is a Google Images search. The first thing you need to do is to duplicate the image.
Once that is complete, you can start pasting into one or more layers in opposite directions. The layers you use for this should be set to ‘screen’ mode, and the original image should have the same mode. For this to work, you should leave about half of the original image so that both the top layer and bottom layer are clearly visible. All this will look like is a photo of a blue circle.
You have to find the area where you want to have the mask. This is the area that will have transparency. It is the easiest to do using the fill tool. This way, the area will be completely visible. Once the area is completely visible, you can go back and zoom in an image using the Crop tool. You can eliminate the blue circle and do this one layer at a time.
Next, you can fill portions of the layers with various colors. Once you have completed all layers, you can check each layer individually. The idea is the same process, flip the layers, and delete the portions that are not needed. A repeated process, but it makes for a nice result. You can even combine this overlay with images regarding an existing template.
This was my experience with overlays. They are very simple to use. You can adjust the settings and make them as subtle or as overly large as you want. I have also found that they are easily mixed in and matched with Photoshop elements and photo features.
Here are the simplified steps:
1. Download free Photoshop Overlays from the internet, save and unzip
2. Load your image into Photoshop
3. Choose an overlay on the overlay submenu in Photoshop to see the effect
4. Now you can customize the image using your new overlays
Hint: In the Overlay submenu, you’ll find all your saved overlay configurations
5. Change the blending mode of the overlay if you want.
5.1 Click on the overlay to activate it.
5.2 Then change the blending mode to get the desired result.
6. Change the color of the overlays to suit your taste
7. Make changes to individual overlays using the options menu.
8. Save your overlay configuration for later reuse
Benefits of Photoshop Overlays
Photoshop overlays can help you differentiate between different colors in your project.
For instance, Photoshop overlays can help you differentiate between different colors in your project. It could also help you shade areas, add new elements, and value to different sections in your graphic design through the use of colors and shades. Using the overlays can organize the colors, shades, and elements that could be placed along. Such Photoshop overlays could be useful in a variety of ways for crafting the design.
You can also select parts of the design you prefer or want to stand out… Overlays can be edited and modified when you want to add dimensions. Removing the background from images in Photoshop can be a lot of work, especially if you have a lot of images that require such a trick.
Photoshop overlays are very useful if you want to replace the backgrounds of images that you already have. For instance, you can replace a boring background of trees with something more interesting, such as a basketball court or baseball field.
To do this with Photoshop overlays, search for the overlay that you want to use, then drag and drop it over the part of the image that you want to cover. It should blend in quite nicely and make the boring background disappear, and the new background comes forward.
You can also use Photoshop overlays to beautify your photos by changing the background to something more scenic and fun to look at. If you have used Adobe Photoshop before, you know that it’s not always necessary to do a background removal.
However, if you wish to achieve a stunning effect, these images are worth it. Find a photo that you like, paste it onto the background you want, and you’ll have a tasteful image to show off to friends.
That’s all I have to say for now. Hopefully, it’s not too much information. I have possibly given you a few ideas that you can use, fit, modify, keep, or throw out. Either way, I hope that it inspired you to get yourself out there, get to work, and start creating and enhancing your graphic design experience.