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Create a copyright watermark using Photoshop

If you don't want others to use your photos and images without your permission, you can create a so called custom watermark with your name or any other text you want.

 
  Author: NikMan | Version: CS5 | 9th August 2013 |  
 
 
1.
 

Let us first create a watermark text in a new document

In the menu click File and choose New...

Choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
2.
 

Choose the Horizontal Type Tool (T for a keyboard shortcut).

 
 
3.
 

Click the document and type your watermark text.

To create the copyright symbol © in Windows hold Alt key and type 0169.

TO create the copyright symbol
© on a Mac simpy press Option key + G.

 
 
4.
 

Press Ctrl (cmd in MacOS) and T, to enter free transform mode.

Now slightly rotate the text like I did (see picture).

Press Enter to confirm.

 
 
5.
 

In the menu click Image and choose Trim...

In the trim settings window click OK.

 
 
6.
 

Trim function automatically cropped the document to exactly match your text.

 
 
7.
 

In the menu click  Edit and choose Define Pattern...

In the Patter Name window enter the name for your new watermark and click OK.

 
 
8.
 

Now open a photo you want to add your new watermark to.

 
 
9.
 

Create a new layer.

 
 
10.
 

In the menu click Edit and choose Fill...

Set Pattern for use, choose your watermark and click OK.

 
 
11.
 

Set the watermark layer Blending Mode to Overlay and Opacity to about 50% (see picture).

 
 
12.
 

This is how my watermark looks like from the near ...

 
 
13.
 

... and this is how it looks like from a far.

 
 
 
   
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