A transparent overlay is a layer of hue used to creatively change the color of an image. Transparent overlays can be a single color or multicolor. A gradient is a graduated blend between two or more colors or between two tints of the same color.
Overlays in website design add depth to the design and emphasis to important content. These overlays – transparent, semi-transparent, blurry, warped, frosted – can be easily achieved using transparent PNGs or the CSS opacity property, making editing much simpler. Reducing opacity to 50% makes a semi-transparent layer through which a background image can be seen yet does not interfere with text. This allows designers to use large background images and retain their continuity while allowing a great deal of flexibility in web design in different sections of the web page – menu dropdowns, quote windows or bubbles, banners, background images and more.
Subtle or fancy effects can be created using blurred backgrounds, image tinting, frosted glass, gradient fades, and transparent overlay techniques. Transparency on hover can add buttons on product images on rollover – subtle and not intrusive. This way you provide additional information to the user when needed, while keeping the user on the same page without redirects.
Be careful not to overdo the transparency effects. Aim to make your site unique and functional, while adding a sense of realism, variation and depth with opacity and overlay techniques.
Check out these website templates with cool overlay effects!