Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tutorial - Using overlays #1 (in PNG form) + FREEBIE

I had a request for a tutorial on how to use overlays. I hope it benefits some of you. Keep in mind this is done in Photoshop Elements 6.0, but I'm sure it could be adapted to your program. I have two tutorials (I am posting the other one shortly). This one is for using overlays that are saved as PNG files. The other is using overlays that are in JPEG form. Any questions or problems with the tutorial as you go along please don't hesitate to contact me! :)

Open a new file. I am using a 12" x 12" file (3600 pixels x 3600 pixels) for mine.
Open your overlay (My overlay is also 3600 x 3600 and can be found here.)
Have your overlay open and click your mouse on it and drag your overlay down to your background.

You will now see your overlay on top of your background.
Step 2
Click on your overlay and go to the Quick menu to change the overlay to a color you like.
Now your overlay is colored
(NOTE - You see multiple colors in my overlay below b/c the original PNG file had light and dark gray areas.
If your PNG file is all the same gray color, you will just see one color.)

Step 3
Choose a color for your background and use your Paint Brush Tool to fill it in.
Merge your layers and save as a JPEG (Reference last two screen shots on how to do this).
OR.... (see other option below before saving.)
In Step 1... instead of working with one layer, you can duplicate the layers to as many as you want. I have 3 layers for this tutorial. (Duplicate layers by right clicking the layer).
Repeat the steps in FIG A above to color each layer.
Step 4
Once all overlays are colored, choose a brush to use for an eraser.
I chose a spatter brush, but you can use anything you have.
Start with the top overlay layer and erase some of it in various places so you start to see the layer below it show through. Repeat for other layers.
This screen shot shows some of the top layer erased and the middle color showing through.
This screen show shows the middle layer being erased with the bottom layer showing through.
Once you have your layers randomly erased and the color the way you want it, choose a color for your background and use your "Paint Bucket" tool to color it in.
Background colored in with Paint Bucket tool.
OPTIONAL - Before merging layers, you can play with the filters. I used a texture filter on each layer and on the background.
Highlight all your layers and background, right click and "merge" them.
Save your finished "paper" as a JPEG. File, Save As, Name your file, save as JPEG.
Completed 12"x12" paper yours FREE! You can download it HERE
If you find any problems with this tutorial PLEASE feel free to contact me using the button at the top of my blog.

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