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Dash of Inspiration: Overlays

August 6, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen


Overlays can be wonderful tools for making backgrounds, patterns and photo cards.  There are two types of overlays.  Those which are imagery and textures which you overlay onto a new image or color, then adjest the opacity to create a texture and/or pattern which you can use in many designs.  The second type of overlay is creating a frame with or without text to lay over a photograph which are great for creating photo cards.

Today I offer you first, two tutorials if overlays are new to you – these will help you understand how to create them and offer you some ideas for using overlays in new card designs.

Overlays to Create Papers (patterns) by  

Photoshop Videos – Creating Overlays by

I also found these wonderful color palettes and pattern overlays for you to get started creating your own delightful patterns to use in your card creations.

12 beautiful color palettes by Graphics Fuel

15 pixel patterns by Graphics Fuel

Texture overlays are wonderful to completely change the mood of your imagery.

Set of texture overlays by NinianLif

Free Snow Overlays by Florabella Collection

For those new to the GCU Community you can catch up with our Dash of Inspiration posts here:  Salon of Art Dash of Inspiration  

Card Image for this week’s post by Maria Dryfhout, a beautiful example of using added texture overlays in your card designs.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2012 7:16 am

    Doreen on the overlays she has this comment at the bottom. “Please feel free to share any digital papers that you make with these,as long as they are shared for free. Link this post, pretty please. :o) You can also sell any crafts you make using these,
    (provided that they are handmade items). Thanks!”

    i am not sure if our cards would be considered handmade. but having done an overlay like this myself a while back it isn’t hard to do and some may at least get inspired to try.

  2. August 6, 2012 7:17 am

    sorry that was on the first one. by Thank you for finding resources for us!

    • August 6, 2012 3:05 pm

      Denise that first link was to show you how to make and use overlays “Today I offer you first, two tutorials if overlays are new to you – these will help you understand how to create them and offer you some ideas for using overlays in new card designs” – towards the bottom of her post she gets into detail of how to make and use them.

      Thanks for dropping in!

  3. August 6, 2012 12:31 pm

    Hi Doreen, thanks for all the great links.I just love the look of overlays! I just won a set of 50 overlays from French Kiss Textures and can’t wait to take them out for a spin. Here is the one that I entered into the contest (it was a random drawing contest). Just thought I would share since it fits into this theme.

    • August 6, 2012 3:06 pm

      Lovely Betsy! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on winning a great set of overlays!

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