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Tutorial - Creating a Watermark

There are lots of different ways to create a watermark for your images in Photoshop, and this is just one of them. It's pretty fast and easy, and it will help protect your images online.

1. Open the photo that you'd like to watermark.

2. Select the Type Tool, choose your font, and the text color. (I would suggest a simple, easy to read font, and white for the text color.)

3. Type the words you'd like your watermark to say. To get the Copyright symbol, hold down Alt and type 0169 on the number keypad. Press enter on the number keypad to commit the text.

4. Reduce the Fill amount of the new type layer to about 25%. Using the Fill slider instead of the Opacity slider makes it so that any effects that you add will still be at 100% opacity, but the "fill" of the layer will be slightly transparent.

5. Click on Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.

6. The Drop Shadow dialog will appear. Change these settings:
  • Opacity: about 30%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 25

(These settings are good for high-resolution images. If your image is already resized for web, you will need to adjust the Drop Shadow size to your liking.)

7. Click OK. Then, flatten and save your image with a new file name.

That's it! That's how I watermark my images for my blog. I have created a little action for myself that makes it really fast to add the watermark to a bunch of images.

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Eileen said...

Can I just say. . . .I love you! Thanks. I've been wanting to know how to do that for a long time. Now I don't have to bother Heather.

And I want those templates. Would you help me use them if I struggle? And I tend to struggle. A lot.

Crystal Howser said...

Thanks so much! I was just thinking about this this morning actually when I posted 2 new nature shots I took on my blog.

Brock, Heather and Ethan said...

Ok I love your Tutorials! I would love to see more! :)

thomfam5 said...

Thanks, I was looking for this. Any chance of having a tutorial for the making of the action to batch process those?? Thanks!

Susan Weckesser Designs said...

Thank-you very much! You explain things very well!