EDIT SKILLS: WATERMARKING
THAT IMAGE HAS YOUR NAME ALL OVER IT – LITERALLY! JORDAN BUTTERS SHOWS YOU HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY PROTECT YOUR IMAGES AGAINST ONLINE THEFT
How to protect your work out there on the world wide web. Creating a watermark brush in Photoshop is easy!
THE WORLDWIDE WEB is a large and ruthless place for any photographer wishing to get their work noticed. You might want maximum coverage for your creations to be discovered, yet you don’t want people to start using your images willy- nilly without proper remuneration or recognition. Watermarking is a relatively simple and straightforward way to go about protecting your images, however a bad watermark can ruin a good image, so you have to strike the balance between protecting your property and allowing your images to be enjoyed. The quickest and most effective way to watermark images in Photoshop is by creating a custom brush. Here’s how you go about doing it…
BLANK CANVAS We need to create our watermark first. In Photoshop, go to File> New to create a new document – this will be the canvas for our logo or text. Set the image size to 1000x1000 pixels. Single colour watermarks always work best with any image, whether colour or black & white, so set the Background Contents to White and then click Create. Your canvas will load.
YOUR WATERMARK Go ahead and create your watermark on your blank canvas, using black as your main colour. This can be text, or a logo, or both if you wish. I’ve used a simple aperture shape clip- art that I found for free online, and then added the wording alongside it. It won’t win any design awards, but it’ll work for this tutorial! Once you’re done, go to Layer> Flatten Image.
THE PRESET Next, go to Edit> Define Brush Preset and, in the box that appears, give your logo a name and click OK. Once done, press the B key, or select the Brush Tool, and you’ll see that your watermark is now outlined and ready to use as a brush – just click once to apply it anywhere on your image. Treat it like any brush shape – you can change its size, colour or opacity as normal.
IT EASIER TO FIND By default your watermark brush will be placed at the end of your brush collection. To make it easier to find, select the Brush Tool and right- click on your image. Then click on the cog in the top right and choose Preset Manager…. Find your logo and drag it to the front of your brushes before clicking on Done. It’ll always be the first brush in the collection from then on.
IT INTO PRACTICE It’s time to give your new watermark a test run. Open up one of your photographs and then go to Layer> New> Layer. Select the Brush Tool and right- click on your image to choose your logo brush, if it’s not loaded already. Set the size of your logo using the [ and ] keys, choose the colour that you want and simply click once on your image to place your watermark.
AS NEEDED Because we placed your watermark on a new layer, you can then reposition the watermark by pressing the V key ( Move tool), change its opacity by changing the Opacity in the Layers palette, or use the Transform tool ( cmd + T on Mac, ctrl + T on Windows) to resize or rotate it. That’s all there is to it – your logo is saved as a brush ready to reuse over and over again.