Watermarking in Photoshop

Adding Your Stamp

On this page I will show you how to create a brush in Photoshop to apply your watermark.  You can use your handwritten signature or fashion one on a text layer in Photoshop.  NOTE:  This is really easy so don't feel intimidated.  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments box at the bottom of this page and I will do my best to answer them.

If you want to use your handwritten signature, go to the section labeled "Use Your Signature".

If you want to use text, go to the section labeled "Use Text"

Finally you will learn to apply the watermark in the section labeled "Create the Brush".  This is the same procedure for handwritten or text.

Use Your Signature

1. Use a black pen or marker to write your signature on a white piece of paper.  

2. Use your phone or camera to take a picture of the signature.

Here is the troublesome part.  The signature has to be black ink and the background has to be perfectly white.  Anything that is white in the image will be treated as transparent.  Even the slightest gray will show up.

Open the image in Photoshop.  Once here you can increase the brightness if needed to make sure the background is perfectly white.  This may take some trial and error but once you get it right you don't have to do it again.

Figure 1 is the image I imported into Photoshop.

Figure 2 I added the text Photography in Photoshop

Go to the section labeled "Create the Brush".

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Use Text

Open a new document in Photoshop.  Choose the Default Photoshop Size of 7 x 5 in @ 300 psi.

Select a black foreground and using the text tool insert the text you want.

You can modify your text to use any font you want.  Make it big though.  It's better to size down  a brush than to size it up.  In my example, John Doe is font Zapfino size 72 pt.  Photography is font Arial size 30 pt.

Go to the section labeled "Create the Brush".

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Create the brush

So far we have created the Photoshop document we are going to use to define our brush.

Select Edit, Define Brush Preset ..., name your brush and click OK.  (figure 4)

Now you have a brush, of your signature or text,  you can use to insert your watermark.

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Apply the watermark

1. Open an image in Photoshop and create a new layer.

2. Hit the "b" key to select the brush tool.  You will immediately see the watermark you created as the selected brush.   If you don't, open the Brush Preset Picker (figure 5) and select it.  You can also resize the brush for the Brush Preset Picker.

3. The ink color will be the foreground color selected in Photoshop.  (figure 6 and figure 7).  You can select any foreground color you want and you can even use the color picker to pick a color in the photo.

4. Once you have the brush selected and the size you want, you can click anywhere on the photo to insert it.

5. Adjust the Layer Opacity to lighten the watermark if desired.

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