Tutorial: Using Two-Color Overlays

There’s an episode of the old “Star Trek”—the one with Captain James T. Kirk—in which adorable, furry little animals called “Tribbles” come on board the ship, and reproduce crazy-fast.  Oh, the merry mix-ups when Jimbo discovers them in the heating ducts!

Our two-color overlays are kinda like Tribbles: they’re uber-cute and can multiply in all kinds of combinations. Here’s how to get the most out of them.

screen shot of overlay palette

When you place an overlay onto your image, a palette shows up next to the overlay.  If the palette shows “Color 1” and “Color 2,” you’ve got yourself a two-color overlay. Click inside the colored box next to either color, and a color picker will appear. Here’s where the fun comes in. Change the default colors if you like, either by selecting one from the grid, or by using the eye dropper tool to match a color in the image you’re overlaying onto.

collage made with the same heart overlay, three ways (both colors, just color 1, and just color 2)

The heart on the left, above, uses the two-color default of  the heart overlay. To create the middle heart, use the eyedropper tool to match Color 2 to Color 1: your overlay becomes a silhouette of the outer edge of the design. To show only Color 1 of the overlay, click the “Transparent” box for Color 2, and you’ll get the heart on the right.

A Sweethearts ribbon three ways: both colors, just color 1 and just color 2

Sweethearts’ ribbons are all two-color, and just like the heart overlays, you can choose whether you’ll use both colors, Color 1, or Color 2.  Three totally different looks for the same overlay.  All the Royale Labels are two-color; all Doodly Hearts, Doily Hearts, and some Cupidity cupids and arrows are too.

collage with three double layered heart overlays

And, as the Tribbles would attest, there’s nothing wrong with doubling up!  You can have fun with layering two overlays on top of each other.  Look for more heartfelt examples to inspire you on our Pinterest Sweethearts board.

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