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Melissa Heinemann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2005
 

Creating My Own Copyright/Watermark


Can you give me step-by-step guidelines on how to create my own copyright/watermark for my photos. I would like to have a mark on the bottom of my photos when I send them off to printing companies ... I have Photoshop CS2. Thanks!


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1/3/2008 11:44:04 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Do you know what the text tool is in the tool bar.
Capital letter T.


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1/4/2008 1:34:31 AM

 
W.    Hi Melissa,

get a shareware watermark application from http://www.versiontracker.com/php/qs.php?mode=basic&action=search&str=watermark&srchArea=windows&submit=Go.

Have fun!


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1/4/2008 5:33:28 AM

 
A C
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  you can go into the help menu in Photoshop to learn how to creat brushes ... that's what I did. Now I use a brush and just stamp each photo. It is Very convenient.

And to get the symbol you can type Alt, 0, 1, 6, 9. Hold them all down at once, starting with Alt.


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1/4/2008 7:16:42 AM

 
Gen Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
 
Here are some BP Forum threads with detailed instructions. I used one of these and worked well, still using it.

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=22518

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=20933


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1/4/2008 9:04:23 AM

 
Richard Lynch
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  There are a number of different ways to do this, including making a brush, writing an action, using a droplet, typing it in, dragging/dropping from a template, and probably a few I've not mentioned. And then there are combinations of these (using a layer style with type). The key here is the implementation will depend on what you envision. Do you have an example of what you want it to look like?


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1/4/2008 9:22:10 AM

 
Melissa Heinemann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2005
  Thanks sooo much for all of your responses...I am going to research it...Thanks again - Betterphoto is such a community of remarkable people..thanks everyone!


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1/4/2008 5:26:51 PM

 
Melissa Heinemann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2005
  Richard: I think what I am envisioning: Is the easiest, simplest way to add a copyright mark, photosbysweetpea (and possbily the year)
I would like to add them to photos before I send them off to be printed for clients. I also want to have them on photos that I create products (like note cards for). Thanks!


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1/4/2008 5:51:06 PM

 
Melissa Heinemann
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I Did it....here is a fun sample just playing around...THANKS EVERYONE!!


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1/4/2008 11:57:03 PM

 
Richard Lynch
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  Just to give you the option of re-using:
1. Create a new image at the size images normally come off your camera. Call it Copyright.
2. Choose the type tool.
3. Type in your copyright (). As Cherylann said, press Alt, and then 0,1,6,9 to make the copyright symbol on a PC. On Mac, press Option+G. (I have instructions for copyright symbols here: Copyright Symbols).
4. Change the font and color.
5. Position the copyright.
6. Save the image to a safe place, like MyDocuments, or create a MyLibrary folder in the Photoshop program folder.
Now, whenever you need a copyright, you can open the image you want to copyright, open your Copyright image, be sure both can be seen on screen (tile the images), hold down the Shift key and then click-and-drag the type layer from the layers palette for the Copyright image to the image you want to apply the copyright to. Having the separate image in a unique place on your hard drive will allow you to create an action that will open the image and apply it for you with one click. You can also do this whole thing with scripting.

Options also include applying layer styles. For example, say you want the copyright to appear ghosted: apply a bevel and then reduce the Fill (Photoshop only - not Elements) to 0%. You'll see the image through the copyright.
If you apply the copyright and it isn't sized properly, use Transform (Edit>Transform for Photoshop) and Scale it. You can use the Shift key to be sure the scaling is proportional.
I hope that helps!
Richard Lynch


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1/5/2008 3:39:45 AM

 

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  Is this how you would do it if you have Photoshop Elements 6.0? I can't seem to figure it out. Thanks.


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4/20/2008 5:52:56 PM

 
Melissa Heinemann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2005
  i can't answer that one...but you could put it our there as another question through BP...good luck!


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4/20/2008 5:55:42 PM

 
Richard Lynch
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  Cheryl,
Which 'this'? I do have a step-by-step here and that will work with Elements 6 (or 5, or 4, or 3, or 2, or 1), but I also mention several other ways: making a brush, using an action, typing it in, dragging/dropping from a template. There are usually several ways to do anything in Elements. Have you given it a try? If so, what part of the steps are you having trouble with?

Richard


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4/21/2008 11:08:23 AM

 
Roy Blinston
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2005
  I often see this question on this website. I am amazed how many times it crops up when the solution is so so simple. Richard L. above has explained it fully, both for Mac and PC. Just follow his steps.
You can add a watermark using TEXT (from your keyboard) or a picture or graphic (or from a scanned image). Add it to a LAYER, weaken that layer to create a ghost, etc etc - then flatten and save the final image as a JPEG or TIF.
I am on Mac and was astonished to read all those keys one has to press on a PC just to get a Copyright symbol off the keyboard. One only has to press OPTION "G" on a Mac (simple). - [Long live the Mac]


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4/22/2008 5:24:43 AM

 
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