Tutorial: Using Two-Color Overlays

There’s an episode of the old “Star Trek”—the one with Captain James T. Kirk—in which adorable, furry little animals called “Tribbles” come on board the ship, and reproduce crazy-fast. Oh, the merry mix-ups when Jimbo discovers them in the heating ducts!

Our two-color photo graphics are kinda like Tribbles: they’re uber cute and can multiply in all kinds of combinations. Here’s how to get the most out of them. (Don’t forget to open an image in PicMonkey to follow us step by step!)

When you place an graphic onto your image, a palette shows up next to the graphic. If the palette shows Color 1 and Color 2, you’ve got yourself a two-color graphic. Click inside the colored box next to either Color 1 or Color 2, and a picker will appear. Here’s where the fun comes in. Change the default colors if you like, either by selecting one from the grid, or by using the eye dropper tool to match a color in your image.

The heart on the left, above, uses the two-color default of the heart graphic. To create the middle heart, use the eyedropper tool to match Color 2 to Color 1: your graphic becomes a silhouette of the outer edge of the design. To show only Color 1 of the graphic, click the Transparent box for Color 2, and you’ll get the heart on the right.

Sweethearts’ ribbons are all two-color, and just like the heart graphics, you can choose whether you’ll use both colors, Color 1, or Color 2. Three totally different looks for the same graphic.

And, as the Tribbles would attest, there’s nothing wrong with doubling up! You can have fun with layering two graphics on top of each other. Look for more heartfelt examples to inspire you and your Valentine on our Pinterest Sweethearts board.

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.