In my neck of the woods, Spring is gearing up in the higher elevations, and is in full swing in the foothills. The pale pink cherry blossoms. The little white and purple violets. The dogwoods: they are a barely-pale-green-yellow right now! Clear, Carolina blue skies, (between the gray rains). I love the colors!
It’s no wonder pastels make more frequent appearances in my pages this time of year. Today, I have a quick (lightning) fast tip on how to introduce a pastel tint into a layout, using only a page overlay. Nice contrast + little effort = win.
I created a little pack of overlays and backgrounds if you’d like to try out this technique using them. It includes the backgrounds, overlays, and masks seen in the layouts in this post. I also made an Affinity Photo brush set of the overlay and mask stamps.
Import a black .png page overlay into your document. Make sure it’s above the paper background in the layers panel. This works better if your background is a darker-shade.
With the overlay layer active, type ctl + i (on Mac: cmd + i). Ta da – color inversion.
Slide the opacity down a little bit on the overlay layer (the more transparent the overlay, the higher the opacity). Play with blend modes, too, to see what effect you like. Depending on your background’s shade/patterns, Soft Light and Overlay can be lovely!
NOTE: The ctl + i keyboard shortcut works in multiple programs – Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo, to name a few. Most image editing apps should have an Invert function, if not a keyboard shortcut of their own.
Invert Adjustment layers are used on Affinity Photo iPad.
Of course, there are multiple other ways to get this effect, but for me, this is a quick and easy path to pastel on my pages.
Happy Easter, and Happy Spring!
Thank you, Ann!
Thank you so much
Thank you – I can hardly wait to give this a try!
Thank you so much for the lovely tutorial & mini kit. I don’t think I did it correctly, but it still looks good.
Thank you Ann for the tut, overlays, masks & papers. I’m off to give it a go.
Thank you for the tutorial and the overlay/mask/background pack!! Your tutorial series has inspired me to download a trial of Affinity Photo!
Thank you Ann for the pack of overlays. I don’t have any photo programs but I will be able to use these in Microsoft Publisher..
Thank you Ann for the tutorial and overlays.
Thank you , looking forward to playing… so glad Ellie called you by the name I know… “Brownie”
Thank you for this quick tutorial. I have just tried it and used the overlay twice with different blend modes and I really liked the effect.
Thank you so much