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How To Add Watermarks To Your Designs on Photoshop

How To Add Watermarks To Your Designs on Photoshop

With a variety of popular social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. being the premier hubs for social media influencers and photographers to share their photos and images, it has become increasingly important to secure your intellectual property rights to those images.

One of the best ways you can minimize the risk of your photos being claimed by other individuals is to add watermarks. In light of this, we’re going to look at some widely used strategies you can watermark your photos and images in Photoshop.

Creating and Adding Textual Watermarks

Step 1: Develop the Text for the Image

First, open your photo or image (the one you need to watermark). Next, click on “Horizontal Type Tool (T)” and access the canvas where you can generate your text.

Step 2: Align How Your Text Appears and Its Opaqueness

Make adjustments to the size and color of your font and find the right position for the watermark on the image. In addition, you can also make changes to the opacity of the watermark, making it slightly more see-through.

Producing a Brush-Based Watermark

If you don’t want your watermark to be textual, you can also create a brush that contains your logo or text, which you can then use as a watermark across all your photos and images.

Step 1: Convert Your Logo or Photo into a Brush

To do this, click on the picture or logo you want to convert into a watermark. Ensure that the file you use has great resolution and is of an optimal size. This is going to make it easier for you to use the same watermark on all images.

It is best to use darker shades as they go well with pictures that contain color, giving a more monochromatic effect. Once you have selected the color, go to “Edit” then click on “Define Brust Preset”.

Step 2: Choose the Right Watermark Opacity

In the image below, you’ll see that regions that are not shaded black have become slightly transparent. You can easily set the transparency of those areas by reducing the opacity value by going to the top menu.

Step 3: Changing Watermark Colors

To make the ownership of your designs more prominent, you should select the right colors. You can do this by clicking on “Foreground Color” in the Photoshop toolbar.

Some Important Tips and Tricks to Consider

Quickly Adding a Watermark to Your Photos

To add copyright or watermark to your Photoshop images more quickly, just open the photo, click go to and click on “Windows” and then on “Library” to select your watermark layer. Apply the layer to your PSD image, position the watermark, resize it, and apply the final changes. Now, whenever you open the image or share it on a social media platform, it is going to display the watermark.

Using Photoshop Lightroom

With Photoshop Lightroom, it is simpler to use your smartphone or tablet to add a watermark. Click “Turn One Watermark” under “Export As”, choose the font, transparency, and alignment, and apply the final changes.

Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

Neglecting to Make Changes to the Watermark’s Size

A common mistake people make when adding watermarks on Photoshop images is not adjusting the size. Keep in mind that you need to retain the color, composition, and focal point of your image. A watermark that is too big or tiny could adversely impact the quality of your photo.

Not Setting the Right Opacity Value

Another issue is making the watermark too transparent that it’s difficult to see, or too bold that it interferes with the contrast of the image. You have to adjust the watermark’s opacity value to blend with your image yet be visible enough to see with the naked eye.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a faster way to add a watermark in Photoshop?

Yes, there is. All you have to do is select a layer of the watermark by clicking Windows then Library. Select the layer and include it in your picture PSD. Make the necessary adjustments and finalize the changes.

Is there a way to optimize the visuals of the watermark?

The best way to make the watermark look good is to choose the right size, alignment, and opaqueness. In addition, never implement more than one watermark on your images.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, a quick and simple guide to protecting the ownership of your images by adding creative watermarks.


  • Vivi Designing

    Vivi Designing is a platform for people who are in love with design and are eager to learn for creativity and inspiration. We provide free design resources, articles, tutorials, techniques, and the latest trends in Adobe Illustration and Adobe Photoshop.

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