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Top 5 Photo Overlay Editors for Free in 2020

Isla posted on Jun 29, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Overlay means blend two or more photos into one picture, or adding some images or texture overlay to a photo that gives the photo more funny. Do you know how to add an overlay to the photo? On this page, I will show you the top 5 overlay editor on Windows, Online, and Phone.

Best Photo Overlay Editor on Windows

If you want to find a powerful video editing software, EaseUS Video Editor will be your best choice. EaseUS Video Editor is an all-in-one video editor with a simple interface, whatever you are a beginner or professional, you can easily create a perfect video. You just need to follow the guideline to click some buttons that the video will be edited.

And this app also provides plenty of editing tools, no matter videos or photos, these tools are all can use to edit. Especially the overlays function,  you cannot only apply overlay effect to pictures but also can use it to a video which made for pictures. So, if you are a Windows user, we recommend you to try this software.

Key Features:

  • Support adding an overlay to videos and pictures
  • Have a simple interface that enables users to understand and operate
  • Support directly upload to social media platforms Youtube, Tiktok, etc
  • Other editing options, such as video trimming, mosaics, etc
  • Support free download

Cons:

  • Not support MAC users

The steps of adding overlay on video or picture using EaseUS Video Editor:

Step 1. After you launched the software on your computer, the first step is to import video files by simply dragging to appropriate are or clicking import file to add media library. Then click "Add to Project".

import file

Step 2. After adding a video file to the project. Click "Overlays" on the left, This will direct you to another window where multiple overlay options are available. You can choose whichever you want to apply to.

add-overlays

Step 3. Select a material and right-click "Add to project" to apply the effect. You can also click + on the bottom right corner.

add to project

Step 4. After you add the overlay to the video, it will appear on the video, and then you can choose where to apply overlay video on the other video by dragging it to left or right. It is easy to adjust the length.

adjust overlay length

Step 5. After you overlay a video, you can customize video speed, rotation, saturation, etc. You can also add texts to the video or picture in the next section. You can preview the video clip on the right screen tab.

Step 6. When you finished your video overlay and editing click "Export". In the export window, you can customize video format, name output folder, and settings, and you can directly upload it to social media platforms as well.

output settings

Best Photo Overlay Editors Online

If you do not want to download or install any software, the online tool is a better choice. So, in this part, I list two online tools; there are:

#1. FotoJet

FotoJet is an online overlay editor that you can use this tool to overlay pictures online with easy and fun. This app provides a variety of overlays styles, such as grunge, cute, vintage, montage, etc. You can add these overlay effects and make your pictures perfect and funny. And this software also provides kinds of free overlays to decorate your photos, and you just need to launch this website and click some buttons that you can create an amazing overlay picture.

Fotojet add overlay to pictures

Key Features:

  • Support adding an overlay to pictures
  • Support graphic design
  • Support plenty of picture editing tools

Cons:

  • Some functions and effects need to pay for use
  • Need to according an accord at first

#2. Photofunny

Photofunny is a free online photo editor, which you can create fun effects and montages, photo frames, and more. This app provides a lot of photo edit functions that you can create for your picture. Especially the overlay function, using this function, you can easily blend two images onto one photo, and add other effects, such as frame, stickers, and filters, to your photos.

Photofunny add overlays to pictures online

Key Features:

  • Support adding an overlay to pictures
  • Support collage photos function
  • Support online montages photos

Cons:

  • Do not support overlay effects
  • Have too many ads

Best Photo Overlay Editors on Phone

If you are a deeper mobile phone user, here list two apps that recommend to you. One is for Android, and another is for iPhone. There are:

#1. Photo Overlays - Blender (Android)

Photo Blender is a mobile app for Android users, which is a one-stop app for all of your photo blending, overlay photo, and photo editing needs. Using this blender tool, you can easily blend two or more pictures together, overlay photos, and some advanced photo editing and enhancement options. And this app meanwhile provides a lot of picture editing functions, that you can use to blend or mix photos to enhance photos beauty.

photo overlays blend mainscreen

Key Features:

  • Support plenty of effects to apply in pictures
  • Support apply an overlay to give double exposure
  • Support mixing and blending two or more images
  • Support enhance photos quality

Cons:

  • Do not connect with the internet and download more backgrounds
  • When the image is smaller, and the frame cannot adjust it
  • Do not have the "Save" button, when you click the back button that you will lose the image and have to start over

#2. Piclay Photo Blend Overlay (iPhone)

Piclay is a complete photo editor app for iPhone. This app provides overlays, mirrors, and collage functions that you can use to edit your photos. Except for the basic edit functions, this app has another strong tool - Overlay Mode. You can use this function to blend two images form your camera to create a transparent/double exposure effect. And you even can choose sunsets, flowers, landscapes, and more overlay effects to apply to your picture to create a unique double exposure masterpiece. But, this app you need to pay for some function that you can remove watermark and ads.

piclay photo blend overlay mainscreen

Key Features:

  • Support adding an overlay to photos
  • Support four different mirror/reflection effects to add in your photos
  • Support plenty of effects
  • Support directly share on Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms

Cons:

  • Some function need to pad for the money
  • Need to spend a lot of time load
  • Have too many ads

Conclusion

To sum up, on this page we are talking about the best five tools on PC, Online, and Phone, and list each app's pros and cons, and you can choose the one according to your needs. But, considerate the balance from price, function, and practicability, I still suggest you choose EaseUS Video Editor. If you have any questions about our software, you can leave a message to us, and we will try our best to solve your problem. In the end, I hope this page will help you!

FAQs About Adding Overlay to Photos

Here come some questions about adding an overlay to photos. If you want to read more, you can keep on reading.

1. What is a photo overlay?

In photography, overlays are basically an image or texture that is added as an additional layer to your photograph using an editing program.

2. How does overlay work?

Overlay combines Multiply and Screen blend modes. The parts of the top layer where the base layer is light become lighter, the parts where the base layer is dark become darker. Areas, where the top layer is mid grey, are unaffected. An overlay with the same picture looks like an S-curve.

3. How do you overlay pictures online?

Quick online tool to overlay images with transparent adjustment. Select your image in tool and add overlay image, then adjust overlay image to fit over the base image and set blend amount to preferred transparent level.

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