Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How To: Create and Use Watermarks in Photoshop

Okay, y'all, here we go on how to make a watermark (brush) and use them on your photos so that strange people can't use them for their own selfish illegal purposes. There are a few different ways to do this but I prefer the brush method because you can choose the size and the location on the photo every time. The end result will look something like this:

Let's get started, shall we?

First, let's create your watermark/brush:

1) Open Photoshop
2) Select File >> New
3) This window should open up, set your parameters to 1000x1000 pixels

4) Using your "horizontal type tool" (if you don't know where that is, check the visual below), create your brush by typing the words you want your watermark to say. I find that something like, "don't steal this picture, you child molester. Love, Lindsay" works well. Make sure it says your name though so your picture can be traced back to you if need be.

**If you don't want to take the time to make your own, I've done this step for you. You can download the watermark template complete up to this point by clicking here. All you have to do is change "your name" to your actual name.

5) You can pretty up your watermark by adding your existing brush patterns, etc (this is a little bit of an advanced move). For example: I might be able to use something like this on my business photos:
I used my horizontal type tool to create the 5 and then one of my brushes on a new layer for the swirly background. Make sure it is exactly like you want it before moving onto the next step.

*keep in mind that anything lighter than black (including colors) will show up lighter as a brush as well. Stick to black, white and gray for these kinds of brushes.

6) To define your pattern as a brush, click edit >> Define Brush Preset...

7) This little box should pop up. Change the name of the brush to your liking and click OK

8) Now you should be able to find your brush in your brushes palette (click the little paintbrush on your left toolbar and then the down arrow on the little "brush" window that gives you a preview of the brush that is selected for your palette to come up). Check the screenshot to make sure you're in the right place. You can then close down the file you made to create your brush (though I would save it for future use).

Now let's learn how to use this bad boy on your photos, shall we?

1) Open a new photo in photoshop

2) Edit the photo to your liking and resize it for the web.
This is Stephanie, my girls' first Nanny when we moved to Colorado. She was literally sent to us by God and we love her so so so so much. She married this amazing dude named DJ. They were fun to photograph!

3) Now locate the brush you want to use in your brushes palette and click on it.
 4) From here you can adjust the size by dragging the "Master Diameter"up and down. You can also adjust the opacity (how dark or light your brush is) by messing with the flow. The bigger the number, the darker the brush (100% would be black if you made your brush black, 0% would be completely transparent). You can also change the color of your brush. I generally stick to black and white (black for light images and white for dark images). You'll have to play around to find out what works for you, but my settings are usually 400px brush size, 100% flow & white.

5) Now, when you drag your brush over the photo, you should see an outline of your brush to know if you need to adjust the size (once you do this a couple of times, you'll remember how big to make it) and you can see the best place to put the watermark.

6) Now all you have to do is click the mouse to leave the mark on your photo. If you don't like it, simply undo the action by clicking command+z on your mac, ctrl+z on PC or Clicking Edit >> Undo State Change. Now you can just adjust your settings and reclick the brush down where you want it on the photo. 

7) Finally, save your photo as you normally would File>>Save As

D-U-N, DONE! Questions? If you like what you see, "like" us on facebook by clicking on the facebook badge below and join the 5ive Photoblog for up to the minute updates!

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