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I’m no tech expert and I’m certainly no pro at all these amazing Adobe Creative Suite programs but I’m learning and enjoying it and would love to share what I learn and know with those who are just starting out with their blogs or photoshop and all those fun editing programs. Today I thought I would share with you how to create a watermark in photoshop. If you love taking photos and sharing them on your blog or website but want to make sure it is known they belong to you and your website or brand then this is a great way to stamp your mark on them. I suggest you keep the watermark light and translucent but bright enough so it is visible.
This is how I created my watermark and found it very simple. I’m sure there are lots of other ways of creating watermarks and not everyone owns a copy of photoshop, but if you do own photoshop this is a great way to have your watermark ready for your website, shop or blog.
I’m using photoshop CS4.
HOW TO CREATE A WATERMARK IN PHOTOSHOP
1. Open a new file: File > New.
Name your design and choose whatever dimensions you require. I made mine 800 pixels x 340 pixels to give me enough space to work with. Ultimately this doesn’t matter too much at this stage as long as you get your entire logo in the space you have created. Make sure to set Background Content to Transparent.
2. Design your logo. I used my logo’s font and decided against the floral image on my header of my blog as I wanted to keep it very simple when watermarking my images. You can do whatever you feel is best for your design and may want a little more detail. If you have never designed a simple logo in photoshop. Press the T icon (Text). Pressing down on the left hand side of your mouse, drag the marker over your work space to create your wording. You can adjust the size of your font by clicking on the two T’s at the top of your screen. You can also adjust the colour. I kept my watermark black because later on once it is designed you can change your watermark to whatever colour and opacity you desire.
3. Once you are happy with your design click on the bottom right hand corner and create a New Layer in your Layers Panel.
4. Click on the Crop Tool and drag curser around the logo making sure to not crop into the design but try not to leave much “dead” space around your design. Once you are happy with what you’ve done press enter or tick the tick button at the top of your screen.
5. Click: Edit > Define Brush Preset. Name the brushstroke whatever you like. I kept mine the same name as I named the file. Press OK. Watermark created!!
Please note: that every time I open photoshop and have to watermark I do have to open my watermark file that I have saved to my computer and repeat step 5. I am yet to learn how to keep it permanently in the brush strokes selection but will update this post when I do get around to finding this out. For now this really doesn’t bother me.
HOW TO WATERMARK YOUR PHOTO
1. Once you have finished making your watermark it is now time to watermark the life out of all your images!
2. Click on your Brush Tool and scroll down to the last brush which will be the brush you just created.
3. Click on your brush and once you place your mouse over your image you can see the image you created. You can adjust the size of your watermark by moving the Size Scale left or right. You can also adjust the opacity of your watermark by clicking on Opacity. I like to keep mine around 80% but do what you feel comfortable with.
4. To change the colour of your watermark you click on the icon with the two boxes that overlap on the bottom left hand side of your screen (you may have this elsewhere but usually that’s where you can see it). It will bring up a new box and you can choose a new colour. Click OK.
5. To erase any mistakes you make just click: Edit > Step Back. You can click step back as many times as you need if you wish.
6. To save your watermark click: File > Save As (.psd file). Save file format as Photoshop (.psd) and place in your desired folder and location. Once you need to watermark your images you just open the file (Press edit > Define Brush Preset > rename if you wish) and it will instantly load the watermark image into your brushes.
7. Once you are happy with the size, opacity and colour of your watermark go nuts! It’s actually really fun stamping images with your mouse. I really quite enjoy it! Ha! It’s almost therapeutic for me.
So there you have it. My “How to create a watermark in photoshop” tutorial.
I do hope this helps I haven’t confused you! If you have any questions comment or shoot me an email and I will endeavour to answer as best I can. Remember I’m no pro so I can’t get very technical with you. haha.
Hope I make sense. Do you watermark your images? How do you watermark your images? What program do you use?