Quick Way to Make a Watermark in Photoshop

Do you want to protect your intellectual/artistic property from those sneaky thieves online? Well, nothing is ever 100%, but here is something you can do to make you feel a little better… maybe. Today we are going to quickly make a watermark for your photographs.

Obviously we will start with the assumption that you have already launched Photoshop, and I must also add the caveat that you kind of know your way around Photoshop on a basic level. If you don’t, maybe you should sign up for my Basic Photoshop Workshop.

The first thing we need to do is create a new file (File>New, or Ctrl+N in Windows or Cmd+N for Mac). Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 8.00.28 AM

There are lots of options in the pop-up window, but we are only concerned, really, with the Width, Height, Resolution, and Background Contents options. Here’s a good start to your new image:

Width: 1000 pixels
Height: 1000 pixels
Resolution: 300 pixels
Background Contents: Transparent

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Here’s is where you can explore your artistic side. Design as you like, but mostly people just come up with a clever way to use your own name. For example, I’d just use something like my last name plus the original term “photography.” Choose your font, and apply any sort of beautiful effects to it (using the Layer Style options).

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Once you have it composed like you want it, crop it as close as possible around whatever you created.

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Finally, go up to Edit>Define Brush Preset and select. Give it any name you like (I’d suggest the word “watermark” in there somewhere to help you out).

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That’s it! You do not have to save the file when you close it.

Now, how do you apply it? Starting with your photo already opened in Photoshop, my first suggestion is to create a new layer (but you really don’t need to do this; it just makes it easier to manipulate).

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Now select the Brush Tool and scroll down the Brush Preset Picker until you find the watermark you created.

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Choose the color you want the watermark to be, but I’d suggest something muted/neutral. You also need to choose the size of the watermark and the opacity. Once you have all that selected, click on the photo where you want the watermark and click the photo.

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Steve Holsonback
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence
Ext. 3425


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