The new year is here, and with it comes plenty of inspired design styles to feed our creative genius. Get ready for bright, vibrant color palettes paired with wholesome, meaningful content. You don’t have to be a whiz to keep up with this trend either. Creating color overlays in Photoshop is a simple way to make your photos pop—especially if you’re using Pantone’s Color of the Year. Before we get started—let’s look at some photos from our library that we can use to create ultra awesome color overlay effects in Photoshop.
Step 1. Launch Adobe Photoshop
Open Photoshop on your computer and Import your photo by going to File > Open and choosing your photo file.
Step 2. Unlock Your Layer
In the Layers Panel, you will see your photo labeled as Background. Click the Lock Icon to the right of it so you can apply edits to your photo. Your Layers Panel should look like the image below. Your Layers Panel should look like the image below.
Step 3. Add Your Color Overlay Layer
Go down to the bottom Toolbar in the Layers Panel and select Create a New Adjustment Layer. Next, choose Solid Color. The hex code for Pantone 2096 (a strong, deep purple) is 654EA3.
Your Layers Panel will now look like this.
Step 4. Adjust Your Color Overlay
Double-Click your Color Overlay Layer to open up its Properties Panel. In this menu you can adjust the Blending Mode and Opacity.
Play around with it until you find the hue that fits you.
Pantone’s Ultra-Violet is inspiring designers everywhere to leave their own colorful mark on the world. Stay colorful this year and reign in your purple prowess with the perfect photo overlays. If you’re looking for more photo overlay inspiration, explore our tutorials on overlaying photos with colored gradients, customizing photos, and creating double exposure effects.