Have you been looking at how to create seamless overlays in Photoshop? During this session, Anna Aspnes covered all there is to know about creating overlays from scratch, so you can elevate your digital art and tell your own stories. With over 17 years of experience designing digital products and classes, she's the perfect person to help you create effortless and dynamic art.

Anna used her Digital Artistry Bundle Vol. 73, so take a look at it to help you follow along!

Set The Canvas

Create a new document sized 12x12 inches. Set the resolution to 300 pixels to ensure good print quality.

Enable the rulers by clicking on the View menu. Navigate to the archived palette bundle on the computer.

Understand the Palette

The ArtPlay Palette consists of a set of four different Artsy papers and five solid papers. The Artsy Transfers and element files are available in both PSD and PNG format that allows you to manipulate the layers on Photoshop individually. The palette also comes with a set of brushes that contain different Clipping Mask styles and can be used to add textured designs to the layouts.

Add a Background

Select a solid paper from the palette, drag it onto the new layout design or import the file by clicking on File. Open the ArtPlay Palette Archive and the desired Artsy paper.

Double click at the checkmark on the top of your screen to locate the paper on the Bounding Box. Navigate to the 12x12 Page FotoBlendz No.5 and drag file no.3 to the background of the layout. Check the various layers of transparency of the file.

Using the Move Tool, drag the file to place it on the layout foundation.

Add the Image

Navigate to the picture you want to use and drag it to the background of the layout.

Use the Move tool to align the photo.

Edit the Image

Go to the Layer Menu and create a Clipping Mask so that the photo conforms to the shape of the underlying mask.

Resize the photo and place the area you want to keep in focus on the most opaque part of the mask.

Select the clipping mask layer, open the dropdown menu of Blending Mode and select the Linear Burn option.

Create a duplicate layer and add screen blending mode to make the image lighter.

Go to Image, Adjustments Levels to adjust the lighting levels and increase the contrast.

Design the Layout

Go back to the ArtPlay Palette and drag the element files to the canvas.

Add another file from the palette to the layout and adjust the size.

Pro Tip: All the Artsy transfer files appear in single separate layers, so you can give each of them the desired size, color, saturation, and blending mode to enhance your image.

Add Strokes to the Design

Go to the ArtPlay Palette and drag multiple element files to the layout.

Organize the Layers panel by grouping the layers.

Place the file elements as preferred on the canvas. Resize or rotate them as desired to draw the eye to the focal point and mask out other areas.

Use Brushwork to Enhance the Image

Go to the ArtPlay Palette and drag a brush to the brush panel on Photoshop.

Create a new layer, pick a brush tip, and color.

Go to the Paintbrush Tool and select a brush from the panel and stamp it on the layout. Add a blending mode if required. Repeat the same process with different brushes.

Add Multimedia Files

Go to the multimedia documents that come with the ArtPlay Palette. Drag a file to the background of the canvas.

Using the selection tool, pick a single element from the multimedia file and drag it to the canvas.

Keep adding and aligning the desired elements from the file to the canvas. Add shadows to make it look multidimensional.

Drag another multimedia file to the canvas. Select multiple elements and drag them to the canvas. Adjust the size, alignment, color, and shadows.

Add Texture

Go back to the Bundle and drag a texture brush to the layout.

Change the color of the texture and apply a blending mode to enhance the image. Use the Eraser Tool to remove unwanted lines.

Add a Title

Select Type Tool from the Tool Panel.

Choose the Charisma Font and write ‘Edinburgh’. Place it in the middle of the layout.

Go to Layer and click on Layer Style. Select the Outer Glow to add a glow to the text.

Congratulations, you have successfully learned how to make an overlay effect in Photoshop!