Technique Thursday - 5 Fun Ways to use Overlays

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hello! I hope you're ready for a new Technique Thursday tutorial. Let’s take a look at 5 fun ways to use overlays.

Digital scrapbooking overlays are similar to traditional transparencies in that part of the image is transparent. The overlays are saved as png files to preserve the transparency (jpg files can’t be transparent). Overlays are incredibly versatile and provide almost endless possibilities for creativity. The most common way to use an overlay is to pull it into your layout and place it over your paper. Now let’s look at some fun things you can do once you have the overlay in your layout. 

  1. Change the blend mode of the overlay. 
  2. Recolor the overlay. Pick a color for your foreground color then type ctrl u to bring up the Hue Saturation box. Check the colorize box and then play around with the Lightness slider until you get the color adjusted to your liking.
  3. Clip a piece of paper to the overlay. Drag a piece of paper over the top of the overlay and clip it down (PSE - ctrl G and PS - alt click the line between the two layers).
  4. Change the look of the overlay by erasing parts of it with a grunge brush or an eraser.
  5. Make a gradient fill layer and clip it to the overlay.

Below are examples of the techniques listed above (I used Cilenia's 12x12 Borders/Overlays for the example). 

These are just a few ideas of the many possibilities for using overlays. I invite you to join in the fun and post your tips in the forum or share your layouts in the gallery.

Remember to stop by the store tomorrow to see the new products!

Thanks for reading!



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