How to overlay lettering in PicsArt

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a post here and there with some white calligraphy or brush lettering overlapping a photo.  If you've wondered how I do it, read on.

Text overlay created in PicsArt

Text overlay created in PicsArt

1.  First, gather an image that you want your text to overlap, and a photo of your lettering on WHITE paper.  (Make sure you have the PicsArt app downloaded!  And, if you want, come find me and say hello.)  Next, edit your lettering photo in PicsArt to make sure that the background of your image is completely white.  You don't want any color or shading around your text.  You'll need to go to the "tool" option on the lower left of your screen and utilize the contrast or highlights option under "adjust" or the curves option (or a combo of these).  If your lettering is in color, the curves tool will really help you here.  

You may have to repeat the process to get a fully white background- in the above image, I went through two rounds of bumping up the contrast and raising the highlights to get a totally white background.  

2.  If you want black text or your colored text over your image, you can stop editing your text here (otherwise, if you want your lettering in white, continue to step 3).  Go to your background image in PicsArt (select it for editing) and select the "add photo" option, which is two options over from the "tool" button.  Resize and rotate as necessary, but do not hit the check mark on the lower right quite yet.  You'll see an opacity bar, and a dropdown option to the right of the bar, with the word "normal" (further demonstrated below).  Select the opacity menu by touching the word "normal," and choose the "multiply" option.  You're done!

3.  If you want white text over your image, you'll need to scroll to the right on the toolbar and go to the "draw" option with the paintbrush icon.  Select the layers option (the icon with the three stacked squares) and then add a layer UNDERNEATH the text layer.  You'll probably need to drag the empty top layer down below your text image layer.  Fill it with white by selecting the color picker next to the opacity options menu.  Select the text image layer, and in the opacity options menu, select "difference"- this will make your text white on black.  Save your image and close out of it.

4.  Go to your background image in PicsArt (select it for editing) and select the "add photo" option, which is two options over from the "tool" button.  Resize and rotate as necessary, but do not hit the check mark on the lower right quite yet.  You'll see an opacity bar, and a dropdown option to the right of the bar, with the word "normal."  Select the opacity menu by touching the word "normal," and choose "screen"- this will knock out your black background, and leave only the white text.  You're done!