How to Render Concept Art Part 2: Using an Overlay Layer

This is part 2 of a series on how to render Concept Art using Photoshop. This video demonstrates how to use an overlay layer to add lights and highlights to concept art.

This video is perfect for those who are new to Photoshop or are starting out in Concept Art or digital illustration. Narrated by the Artist. Music by Japanese DJ Artists Tsutchie.

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7 thoughts on “How to Render Concept Art Part 2: Using an Overlay Layer”

  1. Love this series. I’m familiar with applying light and shade with blending modes but applying the color is where I get lost as any color has qualities of being light or dark. I’m aware of using cools for dark areas and warms for light as a general rule that can be useful, but how do I choose a color that doesn’t affect the light and shadows made on other layers?

    Looking forward to the colors video. Thanks a lot for these. Very informative and helpful.

  2. Cade, thanks for the comments. Yes, color is a tricky subject and takes lots of time, attention and practice. I will try to answer your questions with the color demo.

  3. Thanks Cade. Color is something you can study an entire lifetime.The short answer is any color will effect blending mode layers. That’s one of the drawbacks of using blending modes. I will present one solution for you as best as I can with the next color video.

  4. Love the tutorial thanks so much for posting it. I’m a little confused as to why you are using overlay rather than just using white directly on a layer and just adjusting the opacity of your brush.

  5. Great tutorials, thanks so much for making these. Hey I was just curious why you used overlay instead of screen for your blending. It seams like overlay does more than you need it to since it will alter the color in addition to the brightness or darkness. Where as screen will just alter the brightness. Thanks 🙂

  6. Tom, that’s great advice. I just overlay out of habit, and the color alteration does make happy accidents every now and then. You’re right, screen works great as well

  7. Greg, I use overlay out of habit. many other modes work as well. Generally though, you dont want to use straight white because it makes the object look chalky.

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