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How to make a watermark in Photoshop

A watermark is a thin line or text overlay graphic below the image. Here are some steps on how to make a watermark in Photoshop. It is used to help identify the owner of the intellectual property for pictures, videos, music, etc.,

watermarking in Photoshop

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1) Click on “File” then click “New.” You can now input specific dimensions for your desired image size and resolution if needed. Click ok when you have made your selection.

the display that pops up when u create a new layer to watermark with and the set-ups
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2) Click on “Edit” then click “Select All.” This will select the whole document box-including any background colors if they’re present-hence giving you an easier time erasing them later! Use this shortcut key Ctrl+A to do so.

3) Click on “Image” then click “Use” if you’re using a new image. Click “Image” then click “Place” if you have an existing image selected or Ctrl+Alt+V to select the entire document. To place the newly created watermark, click on crop options. Then move your cursor to where you want it to be placed, otherwise, wherever you move your mouse, the watermark will move as well.

4) Click on “Edit” then click “Copy.” This will give us our first layer, called copy layer 1. Click on the arrow next to copy 1 and this should create a second photo stamp before copying its settings. Repeatedly click on the double arrow until there is a total of about 10 photo stamp photo stamps with different settings.

5) Double click on the layer called background. This will not erase the contents of this layer, but it will reveal it fully for us to edit. You can now type out your desired watermark. A good tip applied to watermarks is to make them slightly larger than you want it in your final product because it’s better to be bigger than smaller! When you are done typing, simply drag the watermark box over to copy layer 1. To erase any of the contents of copy layer 1, there is a delete key on your keyboard. Click on it and hold it down to delete the contents of the duplicate layer. Click ok when done.

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6) Click on “New” to create a new blank document. Click on “edit” then click “copy” and you should have two time-stamped copies of your image with different settings, please see the example below:

7) Save your image as desired. Choose a specific file format that suits your needs after saving your work as an image file. A common format that many people use for this specific purpose is .bmp.

8) Please make sure all of the watermarks are visible and in order below the image unless you want to place them all at different times in your document. It is also important to make sure there are no blank spots in between the watermarks, or else it can be noticeable. You will now have a full document with an identical image copied 10 times, with different settings each time.

9) Save this new file as desired with different settings than your first image if needed. Some people choose to save this as a tiff file, which has really high quality but a large file size. Some may choose to use Adobe Photoshop’s extended file format, which is lossless and has a smaller file size, but high quality. This step can be automated with the technique below.

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10) Load the newly saved image (tiff or ep means extended file format) into photoshop, then load watermark stamp 1 into the document you just created. Now click on “edit” then select “Transform” then select “3D Rotation.” As you can see above there are 3 choices on the toolbar for rotation: 360, 0 (90 degrees counterclockwise), 45 degrees clockwise from vertical (180 degrees counterclockwise). You can rotate your watermark by typing in the number of seconds you’d like it to rotate for. The smaller the number, the faster it will rotate! 1 second = one full rotation.

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11) Repeat this process with watermark stamps 2 and 3 to add multiple watermarks. Also, add different textures and opaque layers to give your project a nice finishing touch! There is also another way to automate this process: The duplicate multiple layers command. You would use this if you wanted more than 10 photo stamp photo stamps:

12) Click on “Edit” then select “Duplicate,” and choose how many copies of the image you want in sequence. You can choose the number of times you want the image to be duplicated by typing in the number of times you want to duplicate, which you can see on the bottom of this dialog box.

13) Now click “New” next to the layer that says background, then click “Assign Layer” then select “Assign layer via copy.” The new layer will now be a copy of your original image. Click ok when done.

14) Next, select all of your duplicate layers with one click! Click on “Edit” then select “Transform Selection”, then choose 3D rotation again. This time pick either 360 degrees or 180 degrees counterclockwise from vertical (0 degrees). Type in the number of degrees and click ok. After you’ve done this, select all of your duplicate layers with one click!

15) Now when you save your image, choose a higher quality setting for your file.

16) Save to a different file format if desired. E.g mp3 or wav to make sure it is an audio file instead of a video file. In this case, burning music to CD does not produce a watermark. But burning sound files to a DVD does produce an audio watermark. Because the resulting video file has the text overlay in it. If you need a watermark that can be placed into videos, then save it in .mpg or .avi format.

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17) Open your saved file in your video editor of choice, then use the rectangle. Or freehand selection tool to select all of the watermarked areas. Copy this selection, then open the program that you produced the watermark in. Paste this selection into your watermark program at a specific location on your screen. If you are using an Adobe product to produce your image, then choose “edit” then “copy”. From there you can paste it into any program within Adobe’s product line. Which includes programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. Save it in a different file format, and burn it to a different disk.

18) Return to your video editor, and save your project.

19) Transferring Watermarks in Adobe Products: If you are using Adobe Premiere or Vegas. Then click on “edit” then “copy.” From there you can paste it into any program. Within the product line which includes programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. Save it in a different file format and burn it onto a different disk. A simple way to transfer fonts from one program to another is to use an online font transfer service.

20) Buy a personal watermarking software program to use in the future. If you want to save yourself some time and money! The most popular of these programs is called Edgeware Watermark Studio. Another great program for watermarking images is called Ipicsoft Photo Watermark.

21) Enjoy your new digital media, and remember to share your new media with your friends! If you have any questions about this method. Please feel free to ask and we will be more than happy to answer them for you! Thanks for reading our article on “How To: Add Multiple Static Text or Image Watermarks Using Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2.” We hope this article was of help to you.

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