Photoshop Tutorial – Making a Watermark Action
Yay! It’s Tuesday and we all know that means that it’s time for another Photoshop Tutorial. Don’t worry. This time it will have nothing to do with fun-bags. Unless you wanna watermark your photos with boobs. In that case, more power to ya for your creative use of branding.
This tutorial will walk you through the simple way to use photoshop to add a watermark to your photos and how to create an action so that you can quickly and easily apply that watermark to all your photos with a click of the finger. Things to note….I use Photoshop CS4…not all photoshop is created equal. I did make the watermark completely visible….if you want to adjust the opacity of your watermark, so be it…but for the purposes of this tutorial, I did not. Let’s get started.
First thing you want to do is open a custom new page and make it with a transparent background. It helps to make it the size of your normal photos (e.g. a 4×6).
The checkered background is transparent (success!) and then you want to type out your watermark word. I typed my url in black in the bottom corner.
Then I drew a giant thumbs up. Apparently I thrive off encouragement.
You can adjust the size, font, color, OPACITY!!!, etc of your watermark then it’s time to save it.
Click File/Save As and a window should appear…save it wherever you can remember (you’ll be getting it later!) as a PNG file. This is really important so I’ll say it twice. SAVE AS A PNG FILE.
Click Save and now your screen should look like this….one transparent background image with your watermark word and the file name should be ‘filename.png’.
Now that we have our watermark, let’s create our action that will make it easy to apply to numerous photos.
First open a completely different photo. I opened this one of Will driving his John Deere that he got for Christmas.
Now you want to go over to below the existing Actions and click the square with a square in it…(the little pop up box will say Create new action).
Label this new action WATERMARK. Click Record with all your might.
Now the red record button should be on (see it there circled in red? that’s on!)
And now every single thing you do will be recorded on that action and duplicated in the future.
Now we are gonna place our PNG file back on top of the photo of Will…remember where it is? Click it and hit place.
By dragging the corners, you can make the PNG watermark fit the existing file. Now click the little check mark to keep that transformation.
Now click STOP RECORDING. It’s the first little square on the actions toolbar.
Now your watermark is on your photo. Again…you can make the words go across the middle, top or bottom and you can make it as opaque as you like. It’s like eyeshadow…everybody likes it different…so do your thang.
Your watermark action should say Place and Transform under it.
Now it is time to flatten the pic. If you do no cropping ever and you want to always flatten right away – you can make this part of your action by clicking it before you stop recording. Otherwise, we will flatten after the fact.
After you click flatten your photo is officially watermarked.
Now time to test it. Here is a cropped image of the cutest boys on the planet earth. It’s a fact. I had scientists look into it.
SOooo open your next image and highlight your watermark action. Now click the Play button to apply the watermark to your new photo.
Now see? The cropped image doesn’t automatically resize (that’s a different tutorial – not for now!) so you can resize it manually for your photo.
Grab a corner and drag it to fit the new photo then click the check mark.
Your new transformed PNG watermark file should fit and now the URL shows in the bottom corner.
Click Flatten and Play Selection and your new pic will boast your watermark proudly.
So that’s it! You officially have a watermarked photo ready for use and an action so that you can apply it to all your other photos! Happy photoshopping!