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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Creating a subtle overlay effect

Creating a subtle overlay effect

Now you'll finish painting the flowers and apply the Overlay blending mode to the Flower layer that blends the color pixels of the flowers with the underlying pixels in the image to create a subtle overlay effect.

The Overlay blending mode multiplies or screens the colors, depending on the base color. Patterns or colors overlay the existing pixels while preserving the highlights and shadows of the base color. The base color is not replaced but is mixed with the blend color to reflect the lightness or darkness of the original color.

1.
In the Color palette, select a yellow color for the foreground fill color.

2.
Select the paintbrush tool ( ) and paint the flower pistils yellow.

3.
In the Layers palette, double-click the Flower layer to display the Layer Style dialog box. Position the dialog box so you can see it and the image at the same time.

4.
In the Layer Style dialog box, choose Overlay from the Blend Mode menu, and enter 70% in the Opacity text box. Then click OK.

5.
Choose File > Save.

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