Using Overlays


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This tutorial is intended for a beginner to learn how to use an overlay.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Photoshop CS3 - CS5 or PSP 8 or up.  You may download a free trial at Adobe.

Remember to save as a .psd file often!

Note: Images are screenshots from Photoshop, but PSP instructions are ALSO given.

1. Download the EggOverlay image. Unzip the image and open it in Photoshop or PSP.

2. In Photoshop: Image > Duplicate, and close the original.

In PSP: SHIFT + D to duplicate, close the original.

3. Open up the scrap paper you want to use.

In Photoshop. Select > All. Edit > Copy. Click on egg image. Edit > paste.

In PSP: Edit > Copy, Click on egg image. Edit > Paste as New Layer.

4 In Photoshop: Use Edit > Transform > Scale. Drag out the corners to enlarge (if necessary) and cover the entire image!

In PSP: Use the Deform Raster tool. Drag out the corners to enlarge (if necessary and cover the entire image!

5. In Photoshop: Filter > Distort > Spherize, Amount = 100%, Normal

In PSP: Effects > Geometric Effects > Spherize, 100%

6. (In Photoshop) If your paper layer is a smart object, you will need to rasterize it. Right-click on the layer and choose Rasterize Layer

7. In the Layer Palette, click on the egg layer (second layer). Use the magic wand and click outside of the egg on the blank space.

8. In the Layer Palette, click on the Paper layer (top layer). Press the DELETE key on your keyboard.

9. Now in the Layer Palette, drag the egg layer up to the top.

10. In the Layer Palette, change the Layer mode from normal to Overlay.

11. Your egg should now have taken on a 3-dimensional look:

Some papers are better for overlays than others. A less busy, lighter paper could use another layer.

12. In the layer palette, right-click on the overlay layer and choose Duplicate layer

13. Change this duplicate layer mode to Soft Light

14. And here's my egg with this extra layer on it.





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