How to Use Overlays in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is not different from other Windows programs in the use of shortcut keys to simplify tasks. One of the rules for all the Windows programs you are trying to follow is anything you can do with a mouse that you can do with the keyboard. This includes using the function keys or the Ctrl and Alt keys with other keys to create shortcut keys.

The use of the function and shortcut keys increases productivity in Photoshop. The user can quickly activate the functions without losing time using the mouse. The problem with hotkeys is to learn and then remember all the hotkey sets available in Photoshop. It is easier to get the mouse and perform the task, then amble trying to find the hotkey.

The overlay can work wonderfully for the user!

Each key can be configured in the overlay to play any sequence of keys available on the standard keyboard. This includes all the characters and Ctrl keys, the Alt commands and the cursor movement keys. Simply put any and all keys on the standard keyboard.


A graphic overlay is created to represent the work of the keys. Text or images can be used to label the keys. The keys can be grouped with a similar function and the colors are coded to make them easier. This way you can set the background color.

With an overlay configured correctly, the user presses a key to start the hotkey that he needs. For example, saving the file Ctrl + S or moving the mouse and clicking on the correct icon is not done, but pressing a key. This is just an example of what can be done using an overlay. The user’s needs and imagination are all that limit the shortcut keys that can be configured in the overlay. This is the reason why most people use overlays in Photoshop for a different application.

How to shine luminous lighting using overlays

Here, we will guide you through a step-by-step guide on how to add luminous lighting using photoshop overlays for sleeklens. We have identified each step below.

When your image is open in Photoshop, you can follow these steps:

• Select the overlay to add to the image by going to File> Place Embedded
• Select the source of the overlay
• Resize to adjust as necessary and apply the changes
• Change the blending mode to the screen.
• Adjust the opacity to your liking.
• Add a layer mask
• Select the Brush tool
• Use a black brush to clean the coverage of areas where you do not want to install

Factors to consider when adding light overlays

The superposition of flashes of light is the most reliable when the light that already exists is improved. The lighting will not be credible or realistic if there is no sunlight or source of natural light in your image.


Make sure your light follows the same direction of light as the sunlight that is already in your image. Search for existing light rays or light rays in your subjects to locate natural light, and add your added optical light accordingly.

And remember, less is generally more when it comes to flashes of light. Adding many tasks can complete and even reduce your topics. The goal of luminous light is to promote what already exists, so remember that little goes very far!


Overlay can solve both the memory and the problem of hand contractions in Photoshop shortcuts. It can also be used to enhance the beauty of your images. After that, each key is highlighted by a graphic overlay that can be encoded in shaded colors and easy-to-find keys.