How to Make a Watermark in Photoshop

how to make a watermark in photoshop

Earlier, Courtney posted a tutorial on how to make a watermark in Lightroom. Today, I’ll do a quick tutorial using screenshots on how to make watermark in Photoshop. I’m using CS6, but the steps should the same or similar in other versions of Photoshop.

Watermarking your images is very important when using your images on your blog or Facebook. For those in business, it is a good way to advertise your business name to future clients as well as protecting your images from be used by someone other than yourself. For those not in business, it is one way to protect your images from theft. And while watermarking won’t protect your images 100%, at least it is one more step to deter potential thieves.

I’m taking a Film class soon, so I need to make a watermark for my film work for this year. I’ll be walking you through the steps. It takes all of about a minute if you have your logo pre made. If not, it takes about 2 minutes.

How to make a watermark in Photoshop

1. Open Photoshop and create a new document by going to File>New.
Now is when you decide the size of your watermark. If you are only watermarking web images, I recommend sizing the new document to the size of your web size files. My blog uses 900 px x 600 px images. If you plan on watermarking full size images, I would recommend making your initial file 2500 px by 2500 px for a high resolution watermark that can be used on full size images. So, I typed in my blog image size dimensions into the document, and set the resolution to 72 (for high resolution, I would reccomment 300) and clicked OK.



2. Next, you can either pick out your fonts or copy your logo over onto the new document.
I use a couple of different fonts for my logo, so I went ahead and typed out my watermark. Use black as your color. If you want a multidimensional feel, you can use other shades of gray. If your watermark is colored, go ahead and convert it to grayscale before moving it over onto your new document.


As you can see, I typed my logo the entire width of my image. I made it larger than the size that I’ll actually be using so that the quality isn’t compromised if I choose to use it larger than the “norm” for me. If you plan on using the same size every time, you could make it the size that you want it to appear on your images here. Just remember, you can always make it smaller without it becoming pixelated, making it larger is where you will run into pixelation problems.

3. Grab the Marquee tool and draw a rectangle around your watermark.



4. Next go to Edit>Define Brush Preset. Name your brush and click OK.


5. Your new brush will be in your brush catalog.


I like pictures, but you can also click the little box and show file names.

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You can decrease the opacity of the brush or change the color. Easy peasy. Now watermark those images!

The underexposure here (even after a little work in Photoshop, which defeats the purpose of film) is why I’m taking a film class!

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