For this tutorial I will show you a quick, easy and effective method for watermarking your images. Any beginner should be able to finish this tutorial in under one minute. No plug-ins are required.
The first step we must take is to open a new document (file > New). I’ll be using a 60px X 60px document with a transparent background. You don’t need to give this document a name.
Once your document is open go to the layers pallet and add a new layer.
Once you have your document open zoom a little (you don’t need to do this but I feel it makes it easier to see what you are doing). Now grab the type tool from your tool box. Next click somewhere on your document and type something, I suggest the word “copyright”. (don’t worry about the position of what you typed, we’ll fix this in a moment). For my font I’ve used size 14 “verdana” in a black color.
You should have something similar to mine:
Next we must reposition and rotate our text. To do this we will be using the free transform tool (edit > free transform). Reposition your text so that it looks similar to mine:
I have also resized my text so that it fits better. Once you are happy with the position and size of your text click on the background layer.
Now that we have finished with our text we must define it as a pattern. This is done by going to edit > define pattern. A little popup should appear asking you what you wish to call your pattern. You can name it as you wish but I suggest calling it “Copyright”
Click ok and then close your document, you do not need to save it.
Open up the document that you wish to watermark (file > Open).
Double click on your layer and add a “pattern overlay”, click the drop down arrow and select the pattern we just created.
Play around with the settings until you get your desired result then press ok. I’ve used the default settings except changed the opacity to 50%.
Here is my finished result:
Congratulations your done! Now you know the basics of creating watermarks why not try and see what else you can do. Here is another result you can make just as quickly:
Thanks for reading the tutorial and I hope you enjoyed it.