How to use Photo Overlays, Lightroom Presets or Photoshop Actions

This tutorial will show you how to use overlays, Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets to make photos beautiful (without needing any photography expertise).

Step One: Paste the Overlay
To begin testing, paste a some overlay into Photoshop as a new layer. Resize the overlay until it completely covers the image underneath.
Try out different colors, shapes, and compositions until you think you’ve found the right match.

Step Two: Select the Blending Mode
With the layer mask selected, click on the blending mode button and select “Screen.”

Step Three: Edit the Layer
Sometimes an overlay will obscure parts of your image, so a little editing might be necessary.

Step Four: The Finished Product
Your image is complete!

As we said before, sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right overlay to go with a photo. Luckily, adding overlays is pretty easy, so you can test out as many overlays and images as you’d like.

  • Open Lightroom
  • Go to: Edit • Preferences • Presets
  • Click on the box titled: Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  • Double click on Lightroom
  • Double click on Develop Presets
  • Copy the folder(s) of your presets into the Develop Presets folder
  • Restart Lightroom
  • Open Lightroom
  • Go to: Lightroom (Dialogue) • Preferences • Presets
  • Click on the box titled: Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  • Double click on Lightroom
  • Double click on Develop Presets
  • Copy the folder(s) of your presets into Develop Presets folder
  • Restart Lightroom

If you want to install Photoshop actions and need help, then this article will help you in installing them very easily on your computer.

Method 1:
There are a few ways to install Photoshop Actions on your computer. They all start out like this:
1. Download file.
2. Make a backup copy somewhere. Anywhere. Just do it.
3. Open the .zip file, usually by double-clicking it. This should produce a folder containing the contents of the .zip file on your desktop. Once you’ve done that, the easy method goes something like this:
1. Double-click the .atn files within the folder you’ve just unzipped/created
2. There is no step #2. Your actions should be loaded into the Photoshop Actions Palette.

Method 2:
If 1st method doesn’t work (because of the way your computer is set up), or you have multiple versions of Photoshop on one machine, then you’ll need to do things the hard way:
1. Open Photoshop, and click on windows tab and check on actions or press alt + F9 and then click on the Actions Palette menu button (located in the top-right of the Actions Palette)
2. Select “Load Actions”
3. Select one of the .atn files from the download
4. Repeat for the other .atn files if necessary

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