Blending a Color Overlay

Blending a Color Overlay

Applying a color overlay to a layer can dramatically change the color of the layer depending on the blending mode that you select. If you select the Normal blending mode, the solid color is applied to the layer. However, select any other blending mode and the color overlay blends with the layer’s current colors to create something entirely different. Figure shows a type layer before and after a color overlay is applied. (For more about blending modes, turn to Technique 17.)

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Figure: Color overlays can change a layer’s color radically.

Here’s how to apply a color overlay:

  1. Select a layer in the Layers palette.

  2. Click the Add Layer Style button at the bottom of the Layers palette, and then choose Color Overlay from the menu.

    The Layer Style dialog box opens with the Color Overlay effect selected. (See Figure.)

    Figure: The Color Overlay settings are pretty straightforward.

  3. Click the color square to the right of the Blend Mode drop-down list to select a color with the Color Picker.

  4. Use the Blend Mode drop-down list to select a blending mode.

    Experiment with the blending modes to see what kind of interesting effects you can create.

  5. Use the Opacity slider to set whether the color overlay is solid (100%) or semi-transparent.

  6. Click OK to close the Layer Style dialog box.

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