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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Easy Edge Overlays

This tutorial will show you a fast technique for make an edge overlay in Photoshop that does not require any artistic talent.

1.  Open up a new canvas the size of the overlay.  Mine is 3600 pixels by 3600 pixels.

2.  Select the rectangle tool and choose Paths.  Click the arrow next to the Shape Tool icon to activate the settings menu and select Fixed Size.  Set the width and height to the size of the canvas.  Make sure From Center is checked.

3.  Click the center of the canvas.  It may be necessary to enable rulers to determine the exact center.

4.  Select a color for your overlay.  Make it your foreground color.

5.  Select a brush for your overlay.  Play around with the settings to obtain a pleasing pattern.

6.  Go to the path menu and select Stroke Path with brush.

7.  Repeat this action, if necessary, to get a nice edge.  Here is a grunge edge that I made using a grunge brush, and repeating the stroke 3 times with different blend modes.


  1. ah, so that's how its done. hope to take you tut for a spin 1 day. thank you for sharing! :)

  2. What is a 'spin'? I could write a tut if I knew what you were talking about.

  3. taking something for a spin means they will try to do it. Like taking a spin in a car means you will go for a drive

  4. Wow! I've been on Photoshop for almost 3 years and this is the first time I've done edges. I've used 'paths' before, but, never for edges. This is awesome! Thank you so much!


  5. Yet another thank you! Brilliant, simple and easy to follow.