This digital tutorial is solely for those not against watermarking photos. I actually know several people who are against this practice–so, if you’re one of those people, please click away. If you’d love to mark your photos using your logo, here’s a quick tutorial on how to convert your logo into a photoshop brush perfect for watermarking images.
To start, open up a hi-res version of your logo. Here’s a quick geometric logo I made for my imaginary company Foxtrot.
For best results, try and use a vector transparent background version of your logo.
You can keep the image at it’s original size. No need to size down to watermark size. From the Photoshop menu, select Edit > Define Brush Preset…
You will be prompted to name the brush.
The brush will automatically be appended to your existing collection of brushes. I highly recommend saving your brushes, should something happen to your brush defaults. That way, you won’t have to recreate your watermark.
From the brush drop-down, you will see the size of the watermark. In this case, my Foxtrot logo watermark brush is at 1073 px. I will most likely have to size this down when adding a watermark to my photos.
To test, open an image.
Select the watermark from the brush drop-down, and input the size you want for the brush. For this image, I chose 250px.
Make a quick click of your brush on a new layer. I used basic black for my watermark, but you can always change this as needed. A white watermark would look better on dark images.
I always try to align my watermark to a bottom corner. To quickly do this, select the entire canvas (Ctrl + A). From the menu, select Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Bottom Edges. I then select the entire canvas again, then from the menu select Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Left (or Right) Edges.
I created a keyboard shortcuts for these selections to make my life easier. I highly recommend you do the same. :p
Then, just to keep it slightly off the edge of the photo, I nudge the watermark a few pixels upward and to the right (or left).
And that’s how it’s done! Did this work for you? We’d love to hear from you.