Revamping Your Paper Overlays


Today, I just wanted to do a quick little tutorial on utilizing painted paper overlays a bit differently. For new designers who are still working on building their designing stash, this a good way to extend the life of your products. For people who do this for personal use, this is a cool technique to add interest to your layouts.

It’s nothing mind-blowing really, but fun to do.  You are simply layering textured papers, patterns or newsprint over your overlays. Usually what you see are just painted overlays that have been recolored and/or blended.  But, this is bit different. You will be using them as a clipping mask.

This technique is especially handy for those who want to do a more artsy background without having to actually paint it! But, you can also use this technique to create a more structured background.

I will give you a step by step on how to do just this.  Feel free to go along, or simply start creating in your own unique style. At the end of this little lesson, I have a little freebie for you that you can even use Commercially!

(This tutorial was done on PSE 12)

Step 1 – Choose Background, Overlays, Newsprint, Patterned Papers


Choose your primary background paper you want to use overlays on and several painted overlays of your choosing and several background papers with text and/or patterns.  In my tutorial here, I use background papers from Urban Sprawl and Unconditional.  I have a text paper I have for my CU stash.  And, the painted overlays are from Painted Overlays Vol. 1 and Subtle Overlays Vol. 2.  I also used some paint spatter brushes from my Assorted Paint Brushes.

Step 2:  Choose Background and Overlay You Wish to Clip


Choose your overlay and patterned paper/text paper of choice.  Here I chose my grungy text paper and a scrapped paint overlay of mine.


Then drag the background paper on top of the painted overlay and clip onto the overlay.  You clip the paper on to the overlay like you would a photo mask.  Just select the paper on your layers panel, hover mouse between the paper and overlay at the same time holding down the Alt key (you should see an ‘eye’).  Then while holding the alt key, click that eye with your mouse.  That will clip the paper onto the overlay, as you can see above.



Then simply drag the papered overlay onto your paper.

Step 3:  Repeat Process

All you have to do is repeat step two for the next overlay.  I chose a different paper with a subtle pattern and a different overlay.




Looks like it starting to look pretty artsy!

Step 4: Repeat Step 2

OR, instead of using a pattern this time, I chose one of my more subtle paint overlays, made it white and just dragged it on top of the paper to make it look like I really painted on it.


Step 5:  Repeat Step 2…Again

I did this process one more time, this time using a more bold color and some paint drips overlay to make it pop a bit.




Step 6: Add Some Brushes (Optional)

Last I just used some paint spatter brushes in white to make it look like I took my brush and got paint all over it.  Just for fun!


There you have it!  Easy as pie.  And, you can mix and match your overlays and different papers and textures to create unique papers while conserving your stash.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and thank you for reading!  Please enjoy this freebie below.  Simply click on the image for direct download.







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