Overlaying images in Photoshop: frequently asked questions.
Does Photoshop come with overlays?
Photoshop offers a wide range of built-in colours, effects, and editing tools. However, it doesn’t come with its own photo overlays. That’s because overlays are separate image files that you move into Photoshop yourself. They can include your own photos and graphics – or ones you have sources from elsewhere. On Adobe Stock you can find everything from sky and colour overlays to light, pattern, and bokeh-effect options.
Can I use overlays in Lightroom?
Standard versions of Adobe Lightroom don’t allow you to add photo overlays to your images with the same ease as Photoshop. You may be able to find plugins online that make Lightroom overlays more straightforward. But for greater ease, speed, and accessibility, it’s best to use Photoshop when creating composite images or collages with the help of overlays.
What are colour overlays?
As the name suggests, colour overlays allow you to layer a different colour on to an image. You can manually create a colour overlay in Photoshop by setting up a new layer, adding your chosen colour to it, and then deciding the opacity and blending levels you want to give it. You can also download ready-made colour overlays from the web, including vintage and gradient overlays from professional designers.