Chapter 12: Graphics & Overlays
How to Create Overlays
Overlays can be created in Photoshop or a similar paint program.
NOTE: The final overlay should be an RGB file with a 4th Alpha
Channel Mask, saved as a pict file. The TEPS-2000 Program
determines the Transparent and Opaque areas of the overlay
by the 4th Channel Mask. 100% White = Transparent and
100% Black = Opaque. Anything in between will be a mix of
Foreground and Background.
Follow these basic steps when creating an overlay in Photoshop 5.5.
For this sample we will create a simple frame as a border for our photos.
Open Photoshop. Go to the Menu bar
across the top of the screen, click and
hold File, then drag down to New.A
dialog box box will open where you will
enter the info about the canvas you’re
about to create. Skip the Namefor now.
The sample we’ll create here will be for
a 5x7 canvas. Depending on the aspect
ratio, you can use the 5x7 size for other
image sizes in the TEPS program and
let TEPS size it up or down. If you add a
lot of graphics near the outer edge, you
may see them get cropped when upsizing to an 8x10. You can try it in
TEPS and see if there’s too much cropping. If so, you may have to make
a 2nd 8x10 overlay in Photoshop; something to think about as you
create. For the width we’ll select inches and type in 5, and for the height
we’ll select inches and type in 7.The Resolutionshould be set to 300
pixels/inch andfor Mode, select RGB Color. Under Contents, select
Transparent, then click OK.