How to Make Your Own Watermark in Less Than Ten Minutes

 

Here in the interwebs, there is a long standing argument about whether or not to watermark images - is it worth it in the long run?

99% of the time, I would say no. If people are going to steal your images and claim them as their own, if they're determined, they will get around watermarks. Unless you pop that sucker all the way across the image in every direction, it's possible. But if you cover 99% of the image in watermark... no one else is interested anymore, either.

However. There is a lovely little social media platform that has a bad habit of separating images from original posts. Sometimes images get pinned leading to the wrong page, or a Google search, or sometimes just the image url. In that case, having a watermark is grand and I love you for it because it means that I can figure out where that image came from so much easier (and find the recipe for those tasty tasty cookies). So yes, I watermark my images just a smidge so people know where to look for the original content.

That's why I'm going to teach you how to make a watermark Photoshop brush. Yes, Photoshop. If you blog with any amount of seriousness, I highly suggest you get it. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, is only $9.99USD/month. That is probably the best ten dollars I spend all month. In addition, Lightroom is such a high quality photo-editor that I quick editing my photos in Photoshop all together. (I also got The Lightroom Collection from A Beautiful Mess which is fantastic.)

Let's open up your logo in Photoshop. You really want to aim for a .png or .jpg file with a transparent or white background. A colored background of any sort will not work for this. If you had your logo done by a designer, you should have this. If you don't have a logo, you can use the type tool to type out your business/blog name. Or, if you're like me, you can add some text to your original logo. Make sure that everything is black.

 
 

Again - only white or transparent background! Once you have rearranged everything, added anything, spell-checked twice and are generally happy with how it looks, go to 'Layers' > 'Merge Visible'.

 
 

This does exactly what it sounds like - it smushes all of your layers together into one. Any text is no longer editable.

Now go to 'Edit' > 'Define Brush Preset...' and name your new brush!

Using the brush tool (just click, don't drag or you'll get a weird-looking line!), you can add your watermark to your photos or images. I like to use white or a mid-grey and about 60% opacity.

 
How to Make Your Own Watermark in Less Than Ten Minutes | Erika Gibson
 

And now you have your own watermark!

 
How to Make Your Own Watermark in Less Than Ten Minutes | Erika Gibson
How to Make Your Own Watermark in Less Than Ten Minutes | Erika Gibson
 

Go forth and mark your images forevermore!