How to Add an Overlay on CapCut?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Add an Overlay on CapCut?

Do you want to add an overlay on CapCut and take your video editing to the next level? Maybe you want to add a green screen and transform your video entirely.

Do these to add an overlay on CapCut:

  1. Tap on “New project” when you first open CapCut
  2. Select a video and tap “Add
  3. Select “Overlay” on the bottom menu
  4. Tap on “Add Overlay
  5. Select another video for overlay and tap “Add
  6. Edit the overlay

But did you know you can add a text overlay on pictures in CapCut too? This is how you do this:

  1. Create a new project
  2. Add a text with a random background
  3. Save the text image
  4. Create another project and add another picture
  5. Select “Overlay
  6. Add the text image as an overlay
  7. Select “Splice
  8. Customize the opacity and overlay types

If you want a step-by-step guide on how to add an overlay on CapCut, read below!

Video Overlay

1. Tap on “New project

Tap on "New project"
Tap on “New project

After you open CapCut, you should tap on “New project” in the upper-left corner. This will let you add a new video for editing.

2. Select a video and tap “Add

Select a video and tap "Add"
Select a video and tap “Add

After you get to the “Albums” section, you’ll need to select a video and tap “Add“. You can also use a stock video from CapCut to learn how to use overlays.

3. Tap on “Overlay

Tap on "Overlay"
Tap on “Overlay

Once you open the video editing screen, find the “Overlay” option on the bottom menu and tap on it.

4. Select “Add Overlay

Select "Add Overlay"
Select “Add Overlay

The next step is selecting “Add overlay“. It’s the only option there, so there’s no way you can make a mistake here.

5. Select an overlay video and tap “Add

Select an overlay video and tap "Add"

Select an overlay video and tap “Add

Next, select a video as an overlay and tap “Add“. I’ve selected a green screen for my overlay, but you’re free to use whatever you want.

6. Adjust the length of the overlay

Adjust the length of the overlay
Adjust the length of the overlay

The overlay should be as long as the main video itself, so remember to adjust the length of the overlay using the white marker.

Hold-tap on it and move it to the left, matching it with the end of the main video. Then, you’re free to edit the overlay however you want.

Text Overlay

To add a text overlay over a picture or video, follow the steps below:

1. Tap “Add project

Tap "Add project"
Tap “Add project”

The first step is tapping on “New project“. This will let you add a background for the text you will add. This multi-step process involves creating and placing the text on top of another picture.

2. Select a black background photo and tap “Add

Select a black background photo and tap "Add"
Select a black background photo and tap “Add

You’ll need a monochromatic background for this. I suggest a black background photo, so if you don’t have one, take one with your phone.

Then, select it in CapCut and tap on “Add” to edit it.

3. Select “Text

Select "Text"
Select “Text

Now that you’re on the editing screen select the “Text” option in the bottom menu. This will let you add text and personalize it.

4. Tap on “Add text

Tap on "Add text"
Tap on “Add text

Once you select “Text” in the previous menu, CapCut will take you to another menu. Here, you’ll find multiple options, including “Add text“, “Text template“, “Auto captions“, “Auto lyrics“, and “Stickers“.

Every option lets you add or customize a certain type of text. Assuming you want to add simple text, select “Add text“.

5. Add your text, customize it, and download the picture

Add your text, customize it, and download the picture
Add your text, customize it, and download the picture

This is where you’ll be adding your text and customizing it. Follow the instructions in the picture above to write your text, and then download the picture.

You may also select a text style, any effects, or animation you want and customize the font.

When you’re done, tap on the “Download” icon in the top-right corner. You’ll need to download this text picture to use it as an overlay later on.

6. Create a new project

Create a new project
Create a new project

Next, you’ll need to create a new project with the main image you want to edit. This is the image you want to add the text overlay to.

Select “New project,” and when CapCut asks you to select a video/picture, go to the “Photos” tab, select a photo, and tap “Add

Select a photo and tap "Add"
Select a photo and tap “Add

Remember, you must select the main photo to which you want to add the overlay.

7. Select “Overlay

Select "Overlay"
Select “Overlay

After uploading the main image for editing, select “Overlay” on the bottom menu. Just like in the video overlay guide above.

8. Add the text photo as an overlay

Add the text photo as an overlay
Add the text photo as an overlay

If you’ve saved the text video previously, you’ll find it in the “Video” section. Select it and then tap “Add“.

9. Select “Splice

Select "Splice"
Select “Splice

Once you add the text video as an overlay over the main video, you need to select “Splice“. This will let you adjust the overlay picture.

10. Adjust the opacity and choose a style

Adjust the opacity and choose a style
Adjust the opacity and choose a style

In the “Splice” menu, you can adjust the opacity of the text overlay and choose a style for it. Make the text more transparent to match the photo and save the changes.

That’s it. You’ve learned how to do video and text overlays in CapCut!

Conclusion

To summarize, you can do two types of overlays on CapCut – video and text overlays. Video overlays refer to green screens, for the most part.

Text overlays will let you add customized text to a picture or combine the text with the picture in unique ways.

There are many ways you can combine a photo with a text overlay. To create a text overlay, use a black background to add the text and customize it to your liking. Then, download this video to your phone.

Create a new project with the main video and add the text video as an overlay. Then, you’re free to adjust the overlay style to match the main video!

If you have any questions, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

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