Recently, a couple of questions were asked over on Daisy Trail. One lady was interested in adding ‘Swiss Dots’ to her page and another wanted to add a crumpled paper effect – so I suggested using overlays which are very easy to create in Craft Artist.
Before I tell you how to make overlays, here are a couple of samples I made this week – followed by the download links to the files:
How to use the overlays
When you open the downloads, bring the files into Craft Artist/DSA2 via the ‘Photos’ tab… don’t worry about them being a drab grey colour, because all that will change when you use them with a Blend Mode. Just drag ANY background onto your page, and with the overlay layer selected, set the Blend Mode to ‘Overlay’. That’s all there is to it – your background will take on board the texture and shading of the overlay file, as seen in the samples above. If you want a more pronounced textured effect, simply duplicate the overlay layer and set that particular blend mode to ‘Soft Light’.
How to save the overlays
Some of you will already have my free pack of original Textured Overlays – if not there’s a link below – but to add these new overlays to that collection, a quick way is to simply load the Digikit and drag these additional files into the workspace and then over to the Embellishments tab… after that shut down your software. You will be asked if you wish to save the project/scrapbook (just say No) but with regards to saving the changes to the Digikit, you should say YES and either save the digikit with the same name (in other words overwrite it) or save the digikit with a new name entirely – its up to you.
Make your own Crumpled Paper Overlay
- The crumpled paper overlay started life as a real piece of white paper thrown in the waste-paper basket.
- I scanned it and brought it into Craft Artist and took it into Photolab.
- In Photolab, I boosted the Levels (via the sliders in Adjustments>Levels) where I made the shadows darker and the highlights brighter to give the creases more definition.
- Next I coloured the paper grey by placing a grey quickshape on top and applying a ‘Colour’ Blend Mode.
- Final thing was to export the page as a JPEG @ 300 dpi, after which it was ready to use as explained above.
Make your own embossed overlay (as per my Swiss Dots)
- Create a large square quickshape on your page – colour it mid grey
- Add similarly grey-coloured shapes, text or even dingbats to form a pattern that you like – Craft Artist’s ‘Replicate’ feature will help you to space things evenly and make light work of reproducing the rows if required
- In Filter Effects (FX), add depth and shading (embossing) to your pattern/objects – you can experiment with your own settings or use the ones I am about to provide
- Export the completed page/overlay as a JPEG @ 300 dpi for use as per the previous instructions
Trulytango Overlay Effect
Not up to speed with filter effects? Don’t worry, you can still have a bash at creating your own overlays. The following link takes you to a regular Craft Artist file (.craft project). You should download it and save it somewhere convenient on your PC, thereafter open it in Craft Artist by going to File>Open.
The project contains a single page, coloured grey for your convenience. Also on the page is a simple shape to which I have applied my own overlay settings. Feel free to lift the grey colour and add the Embossed Overlay Effect to your own Effects collection, following the instructions on the page.