As photographers, and momtographers it’s important for us to protect our images…and the subjects of our images. I once read a story from a fellow photographer who found one of her photographs of her child plastered across a bus in another country. Some random company had found her image through a search engine and had blown it up for an ad that was later used on a bus in Europe. The point is, unless you want other people using your images you need to protect them. By watermarking them, it tells people that the image is protected, and lets them know who it belongs to.
You can watermark an image using your brand symbol, your name, or even just a simple set of initials. Here in this tutorial, I am going to teach you step by step how to create a simple brush in photoshop that can be used to watermark your photos.
How to Make a Watermark
Step 1: In the top menu of photoshop, go to FILE, NEW. A new project box will pop up. You can choose your own settings, but typically I use about 1500×1500 pixels. This can later be cropped in if needs be but isn’t necessary. The most important thing is to have the RESOLUTION at less than 300. I use 299 so it’s still a good quality pixels/inch. Also, make sure you make the Background TRANSPARENT. By having a transparent background, it allows you to have a clean brush with no square edging or solid color behind or around your watermark. Hit OK and your new project pops up.
Step 2: Using your text button (or text box for more creative control), create any text that you want in your watermark. In this case I’ve used text on two different lines to keep it simple, but you can add more detail or branding if you’d like. I’ve also used two colours just to outline that you can use any colour text you’d like to add dimension, and still change the colour of the watermark later. Note that lighter coloured text will show up lighter than darker coloured text in your stamp. Multi coloured watermarks are another tutorial all together and will not be covered here.
Step 4: Now to create your brush. Go to the EDIT tab, and select Define Brush Preset. This will then pop up a box that allows you to name your watermark brush whatever you want. If define brush preset isn’t lit up in bold and can not be clicked on, go back and check your resolution. This option is not available over 299 pixels/inch.
Step 5: Open the photo you want to Watermark and select your Brush tool… this is where your brush will be saved. Now, at the top of the screen in your brush palette, you will see a tiny arrow beside the brush point number. When you click on that, your brush options drop down. Scroll to the bottom and you will see the new brush you have selected. Click on that brush to use it.
*Note: You are going to want to save this brush so you can use it again. While in brushes, click on the arrow by the brush point number, and then you will find another arrow in the expanded brush palette that is also to the right of the brush point number. When you click on this arrow, you get a drop box list of options. Be sure to select SAVE BRUSHES. It should automatically bring up your brush folder in your Adobe files and allow you to name your brush pack whatever you’d like.
Step 6: With your photo open, select the foreground colour that you wish your stamp to be. Choose the opacity and size of your brush using the sliders in the brush palette. Now you can stamp your photo using the watermark you have created. You’ll see that because I used different text & colours when creating the stamp, I have added some character & depth to my stamp even though I chose the colour black as my watermark colour.
Note: Be sure not to save your watermarked copy over the original photo.