Color Overlay

Color Overlay

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use the Color Overlay Layer Style in Photoshop



Color Overlay allows you to change the color of all pixels on the target layer. Color Overlay is one of many Layer Styles found in Photoshop.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Select the Text tool, click the workspace and add some text. Set the Text Color to a shade of blue.

Step Three

Select the Text layer in the Layers palette and choose Layer > Layer Style > Color Overlay.

Step Four

Notice that the Color Overlay heading is Bold and has a checkbox. Selecting any of the heading names will change the effect dialog box on the right side of the panel.

Step Five

To set the color, click the Color Rectangle.

Step Six

The Blend Mode options are similar to the layer Blending Modes in Photoshop.

Step Seven

To soften the effect, adjust the Opacity slider. Once you are satisfied, click OK.

Step Eight

You can return to the settings by double-clicking Color Overlay in the Layers panel.

Copy/Paste Layer Styles

To duplicate a layer style, select the source style layer, choose Layer > Layer Style > Copy. Select the target layer and choose Layer > Layer Style > Paste.


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