I love using overlays to create interesting and unique papers, almost as much as I enjoy creating the overlays themselves!
I have some new overlays in my store that I am happy to show you today. These overlays are commercial use friendly; however, they are the perfect addition to any layout artist’s stash.
Please scroll below for a quick tip on one way to use overlays, as well as for a free sample for you to experiment with!
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When you purchase overlays, they will most often come in the colors gray, black or white. My new patterns are offered in gray, which makes them very easy to use.
Here is Pattern Set 8 Delicate, Overlay #3, placed over a color layer of pink. Unless you are looking for a gray and pink paper, this isn’t very attractive.
The key to using overlays is Blending Modes. Blending Modes are located at the top of the Layers Panel. Click on the down-pointing arrow, and a drop-down box will open, offering you a multitude of options.
For this paper I wanted a soft light color, and found that Hard Mix worked well for me. Other Blending Modes gave totally different looks – from very faint white, to a dark bold rose color. Cycle through all of the modes until you find the look you are after. For a tip on how to change blending modes quickly and easily, read: How to Quickly Change Blending Modes.
Now the overlay looks better, but the paper needs some texture. We could place any texture over it, and play with blending modes again. But let’s give it both texture and some additional interest.
In the image below, I placed a mask over the overlay. (To do so, click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of your layers panel. It looks like a gray rectangle with a light gray circle inside of it.) Next I selected a grungy brush with soft edges, selected Black for my foreground color, clicked on the layer mask to make it active, then brushed over the overlay to “erase” parts of it. If it erased too much, I changed the foreground color to White, and brushed over the overlay to make it visible again. I also lowered the opacity of the overlay to 51%.
It still doesn’t look great. Let’s fix that by giving it some texture. And creases. I love creased papers! I brought in one of my Crumpled Papers Set 2, and placed it over the Patterned Overlay. I changed the blending mode of the crumpled paper to Soft Light. And now I have a paper I am happy with!
Now you give it a try! Click on the image below to download a free sample!
Have fun experimenting with various Blending Modes! I hope using overlays opens a whole new world for you!