Video Tutorial: Learn How to Use Overlays!

Crown your cat! Or, mustache your baby. Label it, logo it, and embellish it. Think of overlays as sophisticated clip art; we’ve got a feast of them in the Overlays tab! This video primer will make a beginner proficient and an expert more expertly.

Open our photo Editor to play along at home!

What you’ll learn:

  • how to change the overlay color via the palette, hex code, or the eyedropper (yes, there are three ways!)
  • how to resize, both proportionally and along one axis only
  • how to work with a two-color overlay
  • how to work with an overlay that offers hue-shifting
  • how to add your own image as an overlay
  • how to merge overlaysto the background if you have several overlapping ones
  • how to flip and rotate
  • how to erase parts of an overlay

And you’ll get a quick run-through of many overlays found in the Themes tab, which people often forget to check!

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  • Merlinda Little

    oooh helpful! thanks very much!

  • Bellz Webster

    I would like to see more stuff for males. boats…fishing gear…bbq pictures..campfires…fish…surfboards…lanterns…garden tools… sports gear – cricket, football, soccer, swimming…hiking…horses… building. Everything is very nice but seems it’s all seems to female orientated and for young people.

  • Jackie

    How do I create ” THE original Watermark ???

  • Tami

    I am trying to “use my own” overlay; however, I keep getting a message that says the file can’t be opened. What type of file extension can picmonkey open?

  • Theresa Krout

    How do I take my designed watermark and make it easy to access for applying to photos as I need it??


    Great site..easy to use and the royal premium is worth of monthly fee. I’ve used the tattoos in premium as borders around my work and many layers overlapping to create awesome border surrounds. The kthemes are also wonderful Picmonkey is FUN to use! Looking forward to more cool stuff from the monkey ex twisty spooky vines and trees..I’ll be watchin cause I use the monkey all the time :)

  • JaKayla Phillips

    Why the heck does this thing keep sending me back to its home page every time I click edit photo? It’s really fustrating!

  • Fred Ryan

    How do I add a “thought bubble” or “thought cloud” to a picture.

  • Mary Lou Vaskus

    Good morning PicMonkey,

    How do I shrink a personal photo to fit it into another photo as an overlay?

    I have done this before but it may have been on another site.

    Thank you!

    Mary Lou