Watermarks With Photoshop




I'm sure there are many ways to do this, but this is the one I use.
I find it to be quick and easy, as you can reuse it on any photo,
and it's easy to change the size.

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Step 1: Create a New Document

I made it 500 x 500px, and make sure the background is transparent.

Step 2: Add Text

Type whatever you want your watermark to say.
You can also add any sort of logo you want, as long as it is a silhouette,
as well as a copyright symbol.

Step 3: Merge Layers


Step 4: Edit Text

Add a drop shadow, and bevel/emboss.

See the pictures for the exact settings.

Change the fill to 0.

Step 5: Save It As a Pattern

Edit > Define Pattern...
Name it 'Watermark' or whatever you'd like.

Step 6: Apply It to an Image

Open the picture you want watermarked, and add a fill layer.
Choose your recently saved watermark, choose your size and click OK.

Step 7: Fade and Flatten

Set opacity to 50%.
Flatten your image.

Step 8: Some Examples

Here are some examples of some different sizes on a few of my photos.
This is my first instructable, so thank you for any and all views/comments.
Feel free to experiment with the settings and see what you like the best.
Thanks for looking, don't forget to rate!

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    5 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Hi, I like what you've done, very neat. Would you mind sharing the exact settings? Unfortunately the pictures are not big enough to show the numbers clearly.
    Thanks for taking the time to write the instructable :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Watermarks are useful, but my advice is to keep them small, yet still viewable and somewhere on the image where it cannot be easily removed in a graphics editor and yet does not annihilate the image. /vaugely offtopic.

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the input.
    In my opinion, to annihilate the image is sort of the idea behind a watermark,
    but I do so where you're coming from.