There has been some articles and blog talk recently about people stealing pictures and claiming them as their own. The result is probably going to be me deleting my Tabblo account and turning my Flickr to Friends and Family only. I will probably end up adding a watermark to my pictures, too, but I really don’t like to do that. I guess I probably should, though.
Today’s tutorial is about how to create a watermark in Photoshop. The easiest way to do this is to just make a brush that you can use to put on your pictures. This allows you to decide if you want the color black, white, etc., and you can also adjust the opacity of the brush. Let’s begin shall we?
1. Open a new canvas in Photoshop. I chose the size to be 4×6 with 300 resolution. Now, create your watermark. The basics would be just your name and the copyright symbol (Alt 0169 (hold down the alt key and use the keypad numbers, not the numbers across the top)).
Some other variations:
Property of (your website name)
Illegal to copy
Copyright 2007 – (your website name)
Do Not Copy
(Your website name).com ©
However, you can also use brushes to add circles, squares, squigglies, etc. to make it more fun.
2. Make sure the background is transparent. It will have the gray grid and not be plain white. If you have a plain white background, delete that layer and merge your text layer if there are multiple layers.
3. Once you have the the watermark the way you want it, go to Edit -> Define Brush and give it a name. Click on “ok”. I’m not at expert on making brushes or anything, but if you have the Basic Brushes menu selected, it will show up at the bottom of the brush list. It generally saves it into the current brushes, so make sure you have the brushes that you want it saved in selected first.
4. Here is what my brush looks like on a picture (remember, you can change the brush color, the brush size and the opacity of it to suit the look you want):
Let me know if you have any questions!
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