Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Gradient Overlay in Photoshop

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If you ask me, colour is an important aspect of almost any design. Using the right colour can have a great impact on the overall project. So, in this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to play with overlay colour and how to make your photo pop. I use Photoshop CS6, but you can use any version. This tutorial applies to all Photoshop version. Before I start, I want to show you some results. I used this overlay effect to create amazing banners:

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Step 1. Launch Photoshop CS6

Open Photoshop and create a new file File > New… (Ctrl+N).

Overlay in Photoshop

Step 2. Import the image

File > Place... Adjust the image to fit into the canvas.

Tip: Hold down the Shift key and drag one of the corners of the bounding box to make the image smaller or larger. Using the Shift key allows you to scale the image proportionately.

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Step 3. Create your own gradient

Open Gradient Editor (Press G key to select the Gradient Tool and then click on the Gradient bar). Use the following 2 colours: #6300A5 and #C5007C

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Be creative, use any colour you prefer and make your own gradient background. This will be the overlay of your image.

Step 4. Apply Overlay style

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and apply your gradient. The new layer must be positioned on top.

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Between the 2 layers (gradient and photo) add the third layer and fill it with solid colour #565656.

Overlay in Photoshop

Tip: Set foreground colour, select the empty Layer and press Atl+Backspace. It will automatically fill the entire Layer with the chosen colour.

Set the Layer’s Opacity at 60%.

Overlay in Photoshop

Overlay in Photoshop

Step 5. Add text

Add your desired text. I used the following free fonts Gilroy and Aller. Add the Drop Shadow effect to the text.

Download Gilroy font

Download Aller font

Final Result

Overlay in Photoshop

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Credit:

https://www.pexels.com/photo/a380-air-airbus-aircraft-358220/

https://www.pexels.com/photo/action-balance-casual-guy-428314/

https://www.pexels.com/photo/activity-bicycle-bike-biker-276517/

https://www.pexels.com/photo/san-francisco-bridge-photo-1006965/

https://www.pexels.com/photo/architecture-buildings-business-city-325185/

https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-sitting-using-phone-777155/

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Hey, my name is Valeriu Bosneaga alias Valeron. I am a graphic designer/web developer since 2009. I have created Tutorialstorage on 15th of October 2010 in order to help designers and developers to find the good inspiration before creating their works. You can follow Tutorialstorage on Facebook , Twitter, Google + or RSS Feeds.