How to Use Overlay Effects

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Edited by Ben Jacklin

Overlay effects can help you create a certain mood in your video and add style. In this guide, you’ll learn how to apply overlay effects using Movavi Video Editor. The app offers tons of breathtaking overlays to create any vibe you want. And each overlay effect has 13 blending modes to choose from, so you’ll definitely find the one that fits your video perfectly.

How to add overlays to your video with Movavi Video Editor

Step 1. Download and install the app

Download and open the installation file, then follow the on-screen instructions. Once the installation is complete, Movavi Video Editor will launch automatically. 

Step 2. Import your video

Click Add Files and select the video you want to edit. You can also use the drag-and-drop function to add your video to the program. After you’ve imported the file, place it on the timeline. 

Step 3. Apply overlays

Now, it’s time to choose an overlay effect for your video. Go to Effects and open the Overlay effects tab. Explore various options and click on the effect you like to see a preview. To apply the effect, drag it onto your video. 

To fine-tune the effect, experiment with blending modes. Double-click your video on the timeline and open the Applied effects tab. You’ll see a drop-down list next to Blending mode. Check out all options to find a perfect match for your footage. 

Step 4. Edit your video (optional)

If you need any other edits to your video, Movavi has you covered! Add music, transitions, stickers, and titles. Use simple tools to cut out unnecessary segments, change the video speed, or stabilize your footage.

Step 5. Export the result

Click the Export button. Set the output parameters and hit Start.

Overview of overlay packs in Movavi Video Editor

In Movavi Video Editor, you’ll find overlay effects for any style – glamour, noir, romance, or in-your-face cyberpunk. You can use built-in overlays or get access to a huge library of creative effects with the Movavi Effects Store subscription. Read on to learn about different categories of overlay effects Movavi has to offer. 


Use packs from this category to give an aesthetic look to your videos. You’ll find a great variety of overlays with geometric designs, neon bubbles, and light leaks. 

Check out Through the Lens Overlay Pack – its multicolored floating flares will create a unique dreamy look.


This category includes various cinematic overlays, like fire and lightning effects suitable for action movies or creepy shadows perfect for a spooky scene. 

You can also create an old movie effect with dusty film-like overlays from Timeless Pack.

Gaming and tech

Create a futuristic video with glitches, distortions, and flickering effects.

Play around with Digital Overlay Pack to make a sci-fi scene.

Holidays and events

These thematic overlays will add to a festive atmosphere of your holiday video. 

Check out Festive Bokeh Overlay Pack with its shimmering lights and blurred flares.

Nature and travel

Raindrops, snowflakes, sun rays, flowers – you’ll find effects for any season. 

Have autumn footage you would like to dress up? Use seasonal effects from Autumn Vibe Overlay Pack.

Vlogging and style

Add style to your video project with sparkles and natural light overlays.

Shine On Overlay Pack will create a special atmosphere in your video with its subtle light effects. 

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Amp up your videos with tons of creative, professionally designed effects. Add stickers for cool accents, transitions for smoother stories, overlays for extra style, and there’s even more! Music, titles, intros, frames – dive right in and take your content from memorable to unforgettable.

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