Adding a Watermark in Photoshop

Finding cool shit is hard.

Taking decent pictures is hard.

Watermarking your photo, which will add a little bit of “oh no you are not going to steal my shit” protection. Not much, but a little.

And it’s also OK to want to put your name on it just because you like it, and you are proud of it.

We use Photoshop here at Dirty Botany. It used to be pretty cost prohibitive, but they offer a very handy $9.99 monthly subscription now which puts it the hands of the not-so-rich like us.  Even better, through this link you can get a 30 day free trial. Fair warning…once you start playing with it, you are going to want it! Photoshop Elements can also be used.  Elements is a much simpler program which still has some great capabilities.  It can be purchased HERE (aff) on Amazon, usually for less than $80 (a one time purchase).

There are a few ways to go about creating a watermark for your photos, but I’ve found that creating a custom brush is the easiest method. Once you have it set up you can change the color, the size, and the transparency to fit each photo quickly and easily.

Screenshot photoshop canvas size

First step. Create a new file. 500 x 500 pixels is a good place to start. You’ll be cropping it later, so the exact size does not matter so much. Do make sure that the background is set to “transparent.”

Screenshot photoshop add watermark text


Next step, create the watermark. Whether it’s just text, or text and your logo, or just your logo, or a vector of your middle finger…whatever.

screenshot photoshop crop to fit watermark

Crop it to fit. Simple.

screenshot photoshop define brush

Now we are getting to the good stuff. Click on the EDIT button on the top menu, and scroll down to DEFINE BRUSH PRESET….

This is going to save whatever you have created as a brush! It will prompt you to give your new brush a name. Hit save, and you are done!Screenshot photoshop brush tool

Now to put it to use. Open the photograph you would like to watermark, and clic k on the brush tool on the menu down the left side (hint…it looks like a brush).   Click the arrow next to the brush type, and will open up lots of new options. Pick your brush (which should be the very last one!).  Roll your mouse over your photo, and you will see the size of your brush. Alter that size as necessary.

screenshot photoshop watermark adjustments

You can further alter your new Watermark Brush by changing the opacity up on the top of your screen (to make it more transparent), and change the color on the bottom left hand side.

And that’s it! Now that you have the brush saved in your Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) you can watermark your photo with just a click of the mouse and …..hopefully…. people won’t still your shit!


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