A little bit of overlay in my life. Or yours. Or whomever. You get what I mean.

I dabble in creative things.

For instance, I create digital and handdrawn designs to sell via Society6 and Skreened, and I once ran a business creating custom lettered art canvases and logos. I've handlettered a handful of tattoo designs, too. 

Before that, I was a professional portrait photographer for a few years. On top of all that, I have coded, created art for, and maintained blogs for years upon years. Like, 15 years upon years.

All that to say I love Photoshop. It's a deep and unabiding love affair.

But this quick little tip/tutorial? Well, it doesn't require Photoshop (though you CAN use it, too).

For those who may not follow me on other social media platforms, Mr. McHotterson (that would be my husband) recently gifted me a 12.9" iPad Pro because I had been dying for one to use for lettering purposes. I love pens and paper as much as the next person, but I always feel like the paper becomes wasteful (especially when I am working for a client because I'm a perfectionist), and my scans are never as clean as my aesthetic would like--hence the iPad. This information is pertinent because part of this overlay tip was created using the ProCreate App on my iPad. This is what I am currently using for lettering, and I love it! 

Also, while we're on the subject of apps, you'll need to download the AfterLight app. It is available in iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Store for $0.99. It is my main editing app for all things photographic (with VSCO Cam as a close second), and is definitely worth your 99 cents.

Let's get to it, shall we?

First, open your image in AfterLight and edit as you see fit:

Next, select the crop and rotate option to open those tools, then select the overlay option (circled in the image below):

Now, choose the image you wish to overlay on your original (this one was created using the ProCreate app, an Apple Pencil, and an iPad Pro). You can enlarge the image and position it around while in this window:

Then, decide how your overlay works best with the original image. For my image, I decided on Screen as the blending option:

Using Screen as my blending option allowed for my white lettering to stay opaque (though I did adjust that) while my black background virtually disappeared.

And here is the final, edited image ready to be shared on Instagram: 

So, go, play around with your images to find what works for what you envision and have fun with this quick tip!

* Of course, as a disclaimer, I must point out using any art--drawings, illustrations, lettering, photographs, poetry, etc.--other than your own may be a violation of someone's copyright, so if you don't have express permission or know for sure you may edit the image, please don't.