I’ve been asked by a few people HOW to watermark your images. It is such a smart idea to watermark your photos always, to prevent others from stealing your work and claiming it as their own (among other things). It’s actually quite easy (ha ha ha) when you know how. I’ll be explaining how to do this in Photoshop CS2, but it works the same way in Elements.
Choose the width you would like your watermark to be – I chose 6 inches, so I can watermark a 4X6 photograph. I chose a height of 1 inch (a watermark doesn’t have to be much larger). I chose a Background of White, and then I named the document “Watermark”. Click “OK”
2. Now you can use the Type tool “T” to type whatever you would like your watermark to be. You can choose any font you like – Photoshop will have any font that is available on your computer – and you can even add a cute little symbol if you want. Be creative and have fun! This isn’t much different than typing something in Word. Adjust the size of the font so the typing covers most of the space. Like so:
3. When you are happy with how your “watermark” looks, go to the top of the screen and click on “Select>All”. This will put little “marching ants” around the entire image.
You can name your watermark whatever you like – I named mine “Watermark – 6 in.” so I know what size it is. Click “OK” and you’re done! You’ve created your own watermark brush! Now the trick is, to use it!
5. Close your watermark document – you don’t need to save it. And Open a photo that you want to watermark. Once your photo is on your screen, you will want to select the brush tool from the palatte on the left side of the screen. It looks like a paintbrush. If you can’t see it, you’ll need to click on the tiny arrow on the bottom right corner of the “pencil” symbol where there are different options – you should find the paintbrush there. Once your paintbrush tool is selected, go to the top of the screen. There will be a drop down menu ( a little arrow) right to the right beside the size of your brush. Click on that and you’ll see this screen:
Scroll to the bottom of your brush options, and you should find a nice little brush called “Watermark 6 in” or whatever you named your brush. Click on it. Now you will go to the top of the screen and create a New Layer “Layer > New Layer” (I’ll explain why in a second).
Call this new layer “Watermark” and click “OK” :
6. Now that you have a new layer to stamp your watermark on, you can go ahead and move your mouse over your photo. You should see an outline of your watermark. When you have it positioned over your photo the way you like it, go ahead and click. Remember to look at those little boxes of color on the bottom left side of the screen. Whichever box is on top, is the color your watermark will be. I chose white for mine. You can stop here and be done – OR you can adjust the opacity of the watermark layer (bottom left of the screen) to make it more transparent (you can see more of the photo through the watermark). You could also add a bevel/emboss, or a drop shadow (Layer > Layer style > Bevel/Emboss) to the watermark if you want as well – it’s all what you like. This is the reason I had to create a new layer for the watermark – so you can resize it, add layer styles to it, and change the opacity – without it doing anything to your photograph.
When you are happy with how it looks – you can flatten the image and save it as a copy:
You never have to type anything on your photos – simply stamp this brush on every photo as you go. In fact, you COULD make a watermark action to do this to a lot of photos at once, but I’ll leave that for another tutotial 😉
Please let me know if this helped you!