Overlay Tool Pro

Overlay / Crop / Composition

Use the Overlay tool to help capture images for a specific layout or design.


The Overlay tool provides advanced composition assistance and is commonly used when shooting tethered. This function is often used to shoot an image that will match a specific layout. For example, an image could be captured for a magazine cover where space needs to be left for a masthead and headline copy.

Use an overlay

  1. Go to the Overlay tool in the Composition Tool Tab.
  2. Drag and drop an image file (with the magazine headlines and copy) into the Overlay box that states 'Drop image here'.
  3. Alternatively, select an image using the File option below.
  4. Check mark the Show box. 
  5. Alter the Opacity, Scale and placement sliders as needed.

Learn more

It is best practice to use a .PSD file for an overlay with no background layer. This will ensure that the magazine mast head and headlines (seen in the examples above) can be seen clearly over the image.

The Move Overlay hand tool (circled) is a quick way to adjust the position of the overlay file. Select the tool (it will turn orange once active), go to the Viewer, then click and drag the file into an appropriate position.