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Styles 101: The Color Overlay – Part One

In this lesson, we’ll learn more about

  • Photoshop Elements Styles
  • Change Plain Text into Something a Little Extra Special
  • Change Text Color
  • Using Blend Modes
  • Create a Color Overlay
  • Add a Stroke on a Separate Layer
  • Add Drop Shadows

Photoshop Elements Styles

The Color Overlay effect we’re going to create is not difficult and it will add something a little different and special to your scrapbook layout.

We’ll turn this plain red text into a fun text effect that will make a special title.  Bonus, you can move the Title anywhere on the page and get a different look.

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Change Plain Text into Something a Little Extra Special

We’ll start with a new document and place your background paper on it.  Then add a new layer and type your text.  I think a thick, heavy font definitely looks best.  I started with this plain text.

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Simply changing the Blend Mode to Overlay will NOT give us the effect we’re going for.

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Change Text Color

First, we need to change the text color to black.

If the layer is still a Text Layer, simply double-click on the Text Layer using the Text tool and change the color to black.

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Note: If the Text Layer has been simplified already, use the Move Tool to select the text then use the Paint Bucket Tool to change the color to black.

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Change the Blend Mode to Overlay

Change the Blend Mode to Overlay.  Notice, the text now appears transparent.  You can see the paper behind it.  I also lowered the Opacity to 70%.  This may vary depending on the paper used and your personal preference.

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That looks good but a Stroke would make it even better.

Add a Stroke on a Separate Layer

Use the Magic Wand, hold the Shift key down and select each letter. OR hold the Ctrl key & left-click the Text thumbnail.

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Create a new layer in the Layers Panel.

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On the new layer, select Edit> Stroke (Outline) Selection.

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Set the Stroke Width to 6 px and select the Stroke Color to Ivory using the Color Picker.

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Select the Text Layer and Stroke Layer while holding down the Shift key.  Right Click> Link Layers.  This will keep the layers together if you decide to move the title to another location within the page.

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Add Drop Shadow

That definitely looks better but adding a Drop Shadow will make it POP.

Since the Stroke is on a separate layer we have several choices when adding a Drop Shadow.

Add it to the Text Layer only.

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Or to the Stroke layer only.

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Or add it to both.

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Bonus

Since you can drag your title anywhere on the page you can get many different looks.

I changed to a gradient paper to show you how the title changes with the paper.  Isn’t that cool!

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If you are using Photoshop instead of Photoshop Elements be sure to check out my friend Karen’s sister tutorial Photoshop Styles 101: The Color Overlay.

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