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Old 31-08-2008, 12:09   #1 (permalink)
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Just because I hate sitting doing nothing ............

This creates a colour watermark - something a brush can't really do

These are the steps I use in an action to create mine - NOTE it doesn't matter if a portrait or landscape image is used.

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There are many steps but once done a couple times - or better still create an action - it is quite easy.

First off - you need three files saved to your hard drive somewhere
  • solid band (psd)
  • band edges (psd)
  • logo (png - so the background can be transparent)

So this is the starting image in photoshop - already resized for web - I use either 600px or 800px on the longest side



First step - I open the band I've already saved - note the white part at the bottom - this helps alignment later. The band is 800 x60 but needs to be wide enough for the longest size of your chosen image - AND IT NEEDS TO BE A PSD FILE



With the band active - select all



Copy



Click on your original to make it active - and paste



You will see it is a solid band - not what we want - in the layer pallet - double click to get the layer properties to show



Change the blending mode to multiply and the opacity to something of your choice - I used 45





So now we have a transparent band in the wrong place - select all

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Re: Step by step watermark

Align layers to bottom edge - note that it stays off the bottom - that's due to the original band having the white at the bottom of it - now we have blended using multiply - the white has disappeared - but photoshop still knows it is there



Align layers to left edge - so this works whether portrait or landscape ......... If the band psd is still open close it.



Open your second PSD file - this on mine was a duplicate of the first (so everything lines up) with the middle of the black painted white - so as to leave two black lines



Make sure the new PSD is active and select all and copy



Paste into the original



Again we see the bar is solid



Double click on the layer - to get the layer properties again - and set to multiply



So it shows like this



close the PSD file - and select all on your original



Align layers to bottom edge

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Re: Step by step watermark

Align to left edge



Deselect



Open your logo file - which needs to be a PNG file - with the background set to transparent - it also needs to be the correct size to avoid quality problems



Select all with the logo active



Copy



Close the logo file and make the original one active - and paste



You should now have the logo in the centre of your picture



Select all



Align layers bottom



Align Layers right

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Re: Step by step watermark

Your logo should now be bottom right



Deselect



You now need to move the logo to your desired position in the opaque bar .......... SELECT THE POINTER BUT DO NOT USE ..... reason being - if you convert these steps to an action and use the pointer to move the selection ........ Windoze users will find it doesn't work. Use the arrow keys and nudge the logo into place.



Once you have used the arrow keys to move the logo into its desired place it will look like this



Next add text anywhere onto the picture - the correct size and colour you want



Select all



Align layers to bottom



Align layers to left



Rasterize the text type - so you can move it



Nudge the text into position using the arrow keys - deselect - flatten image



It really is easy to incorporate into an action and you can even use your resize / web sharpening as steps before these ............ then create a droplet and run from within lightroom
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Re: Step by step watermark

Thanks very much for this Simon

I'll have to give this a go.
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Thanks for in depth tutorial. Have some reps from me
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