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Add And Customize Overlays

Learn how to use overlays in Filmora and get more creation for videos!

Add Overlays

Wondershare Filmora enables you to add as many overlays as you want.

There are two ways to add overlays to a video.

1 Open your project, go to the Effects tab, and then select the overlay you want and drag it to the timeline. Effects will be applied to the whole video clip this way.

Drag overlay to timeline
Drag overlay to timeline

2 Hover your mouse over the overlay effect you want. When you see a plus icon in the middle, click it. Then effect will be added to the timeline.

Add overlay to timeline
Add overlay to timeline
If you are editing a “portrait” (9:16) clip in a 16:9 video, you can add background blur filters to replace the black bars.

Customize Overlays

Wondershare Filmora enables you change the duration or opacity of overlays effects.

1 To change the duration

The default length is five seconds, but you can drag the edge of the overlay effect in your timeline to change its duration.

Change duration of overlay
Change duration of overlay

2 To Change the Opacity of Overlay

The opacity (transparency) property can have a value of 0-100. A lower value makes the filter more transparent.

Double click on the filter in the timeline to customize its opacity. Then, you preview how your clip looks with the filter applied to it in the Preview Window.

Change opacity of overlay
Change duration of overlay

Remove Overlays

There are two ways to remove overlays from your project.

1 Select the overlay in the timeline and hit Delete on your keyboard.

2 Right click on the overlay in the timeline and select Delete from the menu.

Delete the overlay
Delete the overlay

Favorite Overlays

Right click on a filter effect in the Effects menu and select Add to Favorite. Or you can click the Star icon on the Effect cover. Then, go to the Favorite category to find it again quickly.

Favorite overlay
Favorite overlay