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How to Change Overlay Effects in Photoshop CS6

In Adobe Photoshop CS6, changing the overlay effects create special effects in your image. Shadows, being based in reality, are the kinds of effects you’ll find yourself using frequently. On the other hand, you’ll probably use overlay effects only occasionally, if at all.

But, in case you need to apply an overlay, here are the options:

  • Color Overlay: Adjust the Blend Mode, Opacity, and Color settings of the overlay. This effect, along with the Gradient Overlay and Pattern Overlay, is best used with an opacity setting of less than 100% or a blend mode other than Normal. That way, the elements underneath aren’t totally obliterated.

  • Gradient Overlay: Choose a preset gradient from the drop-down Gradient picker or click the Gradient swatch to access the Gradient Editor to create your own. The Align with Layer option uses the bounding box of the layer to calculate the gradient. Specify the angle, style (Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected, or Diamond), and scale of the gradient. Reverse flips the gradient. Adjust the Blend Modes and Opacity settings.

  • Pattern Overlay: Select a preset pattern from the Pattern picker drop-down panel. Snap to Origin and Link with Layer work the same as with Bevel and Emboss. Select Blend Modes and Opacity settings. Use the Scale slider to size the pattern.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/Lilibous Image #8559596]
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