How to Create A Custom Watermark In Photoshop

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Miroslav Novohradsky
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Do you take awesome photos?

Do you post them online?

If so, you gotta add your sweet watermark!

A watermark keeps people from stealing your artwork.

With a custom one from Photoshop, people will tell your pictures came from you.

And in this tutorial, I will explain to you how to create a custom watermark in Photoshop, so you can protect your work.

What’s a Watermark For?

You made an epic photo. Ya gotta show it’s yours! A watermark does that. It also stops random people from sharing your picture like they snapped it.

When your watermark’s on a photo, they can’t act like they took it.

How to Add Custom Watermark in Photoshop

In Photoshop, you can create any watermark you want!

Add your name, business name, even a cartoon hamster – whatever!

The steps are easy. I’ll walk you through them. Once you have it, you can apply the watermark to each of your pictures.

STEP 1: Launch Photoshop and start a new project.

STEP 2: A box pops up. For width and height, put 500 pixels. Set the resolution to 300 pixels per inch. Choose RGB Color and 8-bit. Last, make the background transparent. Hit Create.

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STEP 3: A blank page opens. Time to design! Click the text tool in the toolbar – it looks like a T. Click the page and type what you want. I’ll use “NechEmpire.” You can change fonts or size after.

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STEP 4: To move text, click the move tool (next to the text tool). Click the words and drag them.

STEP 5: If you want to add a logo to your watermark, just drag the file right onto the page. Resize or move it how you like with the move tool.

STEP 6: I put the logo on the page and its layer under the text layer. Then I lowered its opacity to 35% so the text shows through better.

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STEP 7: Now, we need to convert the design into a tileable pattern. That means it’ll repeat evenly when slapped on a photo.

STEP 8: Under the Window in the upper menu, choose Patterns in the sub-menu. A box opens up. Click the folder icon to save your design as a new pattern. Name it whatever, then hit “OK.”

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STEP 9: Now we can use it! Open a photo, then click the Adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Select Pattern from the list.

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STEP 10: In the box that pops up, pick your watermark from the drop-down menu.

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STEP 11: Adjust the angle, and size of the watermark.

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STEP 12: Go to the layer panel, and lower the opacity so you can see the picture under it.

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So, as you can see, creating a custom Photoshop watermark is simple!

Plus, it looks slick on your photos and stops punks from jacking them.

Give it a try and get your name on those pics!

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Miroslav NovohradskyFounder of NechEmpire

I'm Miroslav, a passionate graphic designer, Etsy seller and AI enthusiast. At NechEmpire, I'm here to share my knowledge and skills. I want to turn your design passion into a successful online business.

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