Hello, watermarks

To use or not use a watermark on ones images. I can totally understand the reasoning behind why someone would want to place a watermark on their image — to prevent others from using our pictures without our permission. I’ve noticed a lot of people have started to watermark their own images on the web lately, and so it got me thinking, how can I create one for myself (without the use of a fancy program), just for those times when I feel like marking my photographs as mine before publishing it out on the web for everyone to see?

While playing around on photoshop, I realized it’s really quite easy to create a watermark to use on your own images. I decided to create a custom brush using text and an image (from my shop’s logo) which I would later use to apply my simple watermark.


^you can click the above image to see my example watermark

Here’s how I did it:

  • Open up a new project window in Photoshop
  • Set height and width to 300px each, and set the background to transparent; click OK
  • Select the type tool; choose a font; type out a word that you’d like to use as your watermark
      If using an image, resize the image so that it’ll fit into the new window you had created. Using the magic wand tool select any white space from the image and erase it using the eraser tool
  • Next, select Edit > Define brush preset, and enter in a name/label for your brush
  • Open up the image/photo that you want to watermark
  • Add a new layer by clicking the create a new layer button
  • Select the brush tool; choose the preset brush you had made from the brush settings; the brush should now look like your logo that you had made
  • Stamp your logo onto the new layer of your image
  • Reposition the logo if you’d like by using the select tool
  • Once its in position, you can adjust the settings of the layer. I chose to set mine on colour burn and decrease the opacity and flow to a lower percentage.

    It’s not necessary to do the last step, since I know some people like to have their logos/tags noticeably stand out from their image so that people know that it is clearly watermarked. I do that sometimes, but other times, I don’t want my watermark to intrude too much into my photograph, so I will carry out with the last step in order to blend it into the image a bit.

    Here is another example where I kept the watermark more opaque. This time using a text only watermark, and leaving it blatantly obvious.

    I think turning your custom watermark into a preset brush works best (compared to some other methods that I had read about), because you won’t have to enter text in all the time. Instead, it can be easily stamped onto your image/photograph and save you a bunch of time if you are planning on watermarking a whole bunch of images (:

    I hope that this will be helpful to people who do not know how to create their own watermark, or their own preset brushes on photoshop (:

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  • 3 Comments to “Hello, watermarks”

    1. I think watermarks can be a nice touch when it comes to dressing up your photo for display. Kinda like a bowtie or something.

      Great tips by the way, will definitely give it a shot after I catch some sleep! (I am one of those newbs who type it out for every album although I managed to speed it up by using actions.)

      • hehe Thanks again Pete for your comment (: Watermarks can be fun to use. I think they’re more effective when they’re small and placed somewhere in the corner, or if they’re big and fancy. But I guess it really depends on the photo and what you’re using the photo for. I definitely agree that it helps dress up a photo if used in the right way (unlike my examples hahaha). But yeah, it’s definitely something that I’ll experiment more with. It’s pretty simple to make a preset brush, but writing out the steps make me feel like it was long and complicated =/

    2. I’ve forgotten to use watermarks for the photos I’ve already posted to my website. I was thinking of doing it too. How do you create a watermark anyways?

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