PS-32 - Applying the Original Color to the Color Overlay Quickly

23 November, 2014

Sometimes when you are not sure what color you need to apply and you want to see before you finalize it, you can use the Color Overlay option from the Layers Style.

But how do you pick the original layer color to the Color Overlay quickly?


01. Here i have a stripe on a red background. The stripe colors are orange, which is the original color.
What i need here is to apply the same orange color through Color Overlay. Because it is easy to control the color through color overlay.

(fig 1.0)

02. When i 'Turn On' the Color Overlay, you can see the default color on the current layer (The white is my default color, you might have different one).

Technically it hasn't applied to the layer, notice the layer in the layers palette

(fig 2.0)

03. To change the default Color Overlay color to the original Orange (the stripe) color, i could pick the color from the foreground color well. But what if for some reason the foreground color has some different color.

What is the other method?

(fig 3.0)

04. Even thought the stripe color is white (based on the Color Overlay) i can still pick the color directly from the stripe using the eyedropper. It will change my Color Overlay to the Original layer color, which is Orange.

How does it work?

(fig 4.0)

05. Like i said earlier, technically the color is not applied to the layer. If you see on the right hand side you can see the Preview checkbox, turning off will reveal the original stripe color. Since it is a preview that is visible on the layer, you can still pick the color without turning off.

(fig 5.0)

06. Remember, when applying the Color Overlay for the 1st time, the layer is clean. So we can able to pick the orange color.

But picking the color for the second time on the same layer will not work.

(fig 6.0)

07. If you 'Group' the Stripe layer and apply color overlay, even though it is the 1st time for the group, it will pick the existing color that has been applied to the Stripe layer, which is white.

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