Earlier this week I offered a set of Transparent Halftone Patterns, and today I am going to explain a couple of ways you can use them. They are simply an alternative to a solid black transparency, and add a little texture and interest while on the practical side, they enhance the visibility of text over an image.
Open the image you wish to work with. For the purposes of this tutorial I found an image of a lighthouse at freeimages.com, which is very light in color, so will illustrate the effect well.
Again, for the purposes of this tutorial I reduced the size of the image to 600px x 450px – if you are using larger images you may have to adjust some settings, but you can use these patterns on any size image.
Duplicate the background layer.
Double click on the new layer to bring up the blending options and select Pattern Overlay.
Select the pixel pattern you require – you will probably need to go through them to find out which one works best on your image.
For my image at 600px wide, I used Transparency-8.
I then reduced the opacity to 60%.
Now to test the readability of thin, white type placed over this transparency layer.
I used Existence Light, size 60pt.
Here you can see the before and after:
And here is the final result:
You can also add a new layer instead of duplicating the background layer and fill this layer with the pattern – then you can add a color overlay in the blending options to change the color of your overlay, and here are a couple of examples:
I hope this tutorial has helped!