I've had several requests to explain how I watermark my photographs. For those of you who don't know a watermark is the logo and web address you see in the lower left hand corner of this picture:
The blue brick logo and the words BrickZone.net...
I use photoshop to resize, crop and color correct my images amongst other functions. One of which is the watermark.
Here are the steps I take to watermark:
- create a watermark file-save it as watermark.psd
- add your logo and business name to it
- set the blending options on the logo and text layer to a lower opacity-it is set at %100, some watermarks are set low around 50% for real subtlety and some higher to stand out more-mine is set at 75%
- you can also add a color overlay in blending option that can easily be turned on or off-my watermark is set to blue but has a color overlay of white for darker pictures
- another option would be to put a light drop shadow under dark lettering, that way it shows up on any picture
- link the two layers-logo and text
- open the picture you want to watermark
- drag the two linked layers from watermark.psd to your photo
- save the photo using "save for web" option under file-this will optimize the jpg or gif for web use
- TIP: go to the view menu and select "snap" to get your watermark to the exact corner of the document
- the watermark can go anywhere over the image-depending on space and usage
- Advanced Photoshop Users: can create an action called watermarking and record the steps I listed-there will be a different action for every picture that has different dimensions as the move function is recorded using x and y from the top left corner of the image