Have you had a chance to play around with overlays in Photoshop yet? Overlays are one of my favorite kinds of digital tools! You can do so much with them, and create so many fun pictures, and there are thousands of them available, so you'll never get bored!
Below you'll find a quick tutorial that will show you how to use overlay designs in Photoshop. I've also put a round up of all my favorite overlay sets I've found throughout the years on DesignBundles.
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Here's the original photo (from Adobe Stock Images) that I'm going to be using
I've been dying to play around with a glitter blowing picture, so I loved creating the below design! You could also do this type of "blowing" pic with snow, little hearts, or anything that sounds fun!
Here's the final results of the edited photo.
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Ready to see it in action? It was really easy to do and only took a few minutes! Watch the video below to see each step of the process.
There are all kinds of different Overlays out there for photography that all work the same way. Like I mentioned above, DesignBundles is my go-to source for overlays, and I've amassed quite a collection of goodies. Click below to purchase or find out more info about each, or browse DesignBundle's collection of overlays here.
This is the sampler set that I used to make the finished photo above. It was the very first overlay set I bought, and I bought it because it had such a great variety. If you're just starting out, this is the #1 overlay bundle I recommend. You'll be able to make all different kinds of fun works of art using it. My favorite is the glitter, but I also really love the bubbles, the snow, the sun, the FIREWORKS...oh my!
This set is perfect if you're looking to add some blown glitter, or explosions of glitter to your photograph. It's made by the same designer as the sampler bundle above, but it is JUST glitter, and more of it!
Love glitter, but not the mess? This is one of my absolute favorite, go-to glitter overlay sets. There is just sooo much in it, and you can use it for all different kinds of projects. I especially love to use it to make journaling cards for scrapbooking and to decorate printable greeting cards! ;)
If you love Christmas and winter, this is the bundle for you. There is A LOT in this jam-packed set! There are: Christmas Lightroom Presets, Fog and Rain Photo Overlays, abstract snowflakes, Bokeh Photo Overlays, Light leaks, Christmas sparks, Lens Flare overlays, Fairy Light Overlays, Firefly Photo Overlays, Snowflake Photo Overlays...you get the picture. A LOT
Want to add a little extra lighting to your photos? This string lighting overlay bundle even comes with some really nice background designs, and is a great overall bundle! I've used it to decorate photographs, as well as make printable stationary that turned out beautiful!
When you're designing this year's Christmas card, remember this bundle! It comes with TWENTY different window frame overlays that you can add to your favorite holiday picture! You can even use it for other special occasions like weddings, Valentine's Day, or anniversary photos or with any other photo that goes well with twinkle lights!
This Halloween overlay bundle is truly spooky! There are so many different haunting effects you can add to your photos to make them extra creepy. If you're into ghosts and ghouls, and all things scary, don't miss this huge bundle of treats!
Here's a bright idea, how about adding some FIREFLIES to your favorite evening or night photo?
I love this 25 design set because it has a great variety of different overlays! Want to add a small sprinkling of lightening bugs? How about a lot? Do want them to look up close? Or far away? This set's got it all!
This set is so so fun! It is nothing but rainbows, and it's great for all kinds of different projects! Create a dramatic effect in a black and white photo, add some magic to a pic of your kids, use it to commemorate a beloved pet who's gone over the rainbow, to decorate DIY stationary -- the sky's the limit! <3
This is another set that you're going to love using year-round!
It's perfect for background use, to use in the foreground -- it can really transform a photograph into something magical! As it says, this set comes with 100 different bokeh layers. There are different colors, different shapes, and different sizes. Try stacking multiple layers together for an even more festive look!
How about adding some magic to your photo with a set of fairy wings? This particular bundle comes with 50 different options to choose from so you'll have no trouble finding the perfect set for your project!