Gradient Overlay in Photoshop
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:
Step 1. Launch Photoshop CS6
Open Photoshop and create a new file File > New… (Ctrl+N).
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.
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
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.
Between the 2 layers (gradient and photo) add the third layer and fill it with solid colour #565656.
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%.
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.