Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Do you use overlays when you scrap?

Well, I will now, now that I've figured out HOW! Some girlfriends and I have used the overlay mode before when altering outdoor photographs for a more bright contrasty look. But it never dawned on me to use the overlay mode with an --oh my gosh!-- overlay! LOL! Let me tell you about the mode first. It is so cool! :D Overlay mode takes on the color of the paper underneath what is in overlay mode. Does that make sense? Here we go:

Open a plain colored paper for your background. Open a highly textured layer or overlay for your top layer. Open your layers dialogue if you haven't already, and make sure that the overlay layer is selected. Now go to the mode drop down menu in your layers dialogue and choose "overlay." An AMAZING THING will happen! :D

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7 comments:

Mrs. D said...

Hmmm, maybe I did something wrong but what am I supposed to see? I used a background paper and a puzzle piece overlay, pasted the overlay to a new layer and anchored it, selected "overlay" in my mode but nothing looks different.
Now granted I just play around and could easily be missing something. Thanks!

the GIMP 4 Digi-Scrappers said...

Let me explain how I would do it. Open up background layer. Should be moderately plain looking, solid color maybe.... Then open up your puzzle piece overlay "AS LAYER". Then you don't have to paste it and anchor it I think...(not sure if it makes a difference in the end, but keep following me :) ). Then, make sure you have your puzzle layer selected in the layers dialogue, and choose the "overlay" mode. You know what, now that I'm thinking about it, you may not need to use this method for what you want to do... What I suspect it would do if it worked correctly, is change the color of your puzzle piece layer to the color of your background, but you should still be able to see the puzzle piece shapes. Is that what happened? I assume that your overlay was black to begin with...Let me know if that works.

Tara said...

Oooh, very nice! I'm enjoying this. I'm creating my very first digi layout using your tutorial! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

followed instruction and not working for me either

the GIMP 4 Digi-Scrappers said...

Sorry I missed your post, "Anonymous". I've been MIA a bit lately with vacations and such. Let me know if I can help you figure it out. Give me some specifics and maybe I can help you through the snag.

the GIMP 4 Digi-Scrappers said...

I just did some practice work with this technique and it really makes a difference how dark your paper is and how bright your overlay is. I just tried it with a dark red paper and a bright gold tinsel overlay, and the effect was very subtle. It resulted in a darkish red impression where the tinsel was. You can't really make it brighter either which may be what some scrappers want. Overlays are for a subtle effect. Keep trying it until you get just what you want!

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