How Do You Overlay in Webflow?

In this tutorial, we will learn how to overlay elements in Webflow. Overlaying elements can be a powerful technique to enhance the visual appeal of your website and draw attention to specific content.

What is an Overlay?

An overlay is a technique used to place one element on top of another element. This can be achieved by adjusting the positioning and z-index properties of the elements.

Creating an Overlay in Webflow

To create an overlay in Webflow, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open your Webflow project and navigate to the desired page where you want to add the overlay.
  2. Step 2: Select the element that you want to overlay on top of another element.
  3. Step 3: Set the position property of the overlaying element to “Absolute” or “Fixed”. This will allow you to precisely position it on top of other elements.
  4. Step 4: Adjust the z-index property of the overlaying element.

    The z-index determines the stacking order of elements. A higher value will bring the element closer to the front.

Note: Make sure that the element you want to overlay is already present on the page. If not, you can create a new element or use an existing one as a placeholder.


To illustrate this process, let’s assume we have a section with an image as our background, and we want to add some text as an overlay on top of it.

<div class="background-section">
   <img src="background-image.jpg" alt="Background Image">
   <div class="overlay-text">
      <h2>Welcome to Our Website</h2>
      <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</p>

In the example above, we have a div with a class of “background-section” containing an image. Inside this div, we have another div with a class of “overlay-text” that contains the text we want to overlay.

To overlay the text on top of the image, we can style the “overlay-text” class as follows:

.overlay-text {
   position: absolute;
   z-index: 2;
   top: 50%;
   left: 50%;
   transform: translate(-50%, -50%);

By setting the position property to absolute, we can position the text element precisely using top and left properties. The transform property with translate values helps to center the element both vertically and horizontally.


Overlaying elements in Webflow allows you to create visually appealing designs by layering content on top of each other. By adjusting the positioning and z-index properties, you can control how elements appear on your web page. Experiment with different overlay techniques to add depth and visual interest to your website.