How to Add a Watermark in Photoshop

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In this modern era, where plagiarism has spread like wildfire, applying a watermark is essential in order to protect your images from unauthorized use. Moreover, it is a way for you, as a professional or amateur photographer, to get proper credit for your work.

To create a watermark in Photoshop is far from being a complicated process. On the contrary, it is quite easy to do and takes up very little of your time. Adobe’s software places at our disposal multiple ways of adding a watermark to our images and in this particular tutorial we’re going to take a closer look at two of these popular methods.

1. Create a text layer

The first and most basic method involves creating a simple text layer. This is how to do it:

Step 1 – Type your text

Open the image you want to watermark in Photoshop. Select the Text tool and begin typing your text. It can be anything you want, from your name, your company’s name to the address of your personal website.

Step 2 – Adjust the font and the placement

Once you’ve entered the text, you can begin playing around with the font type, size or color. Try various options until you find the right combination. Then decide where you want to position the watermark. The recommended alternative is to put it in a place where it doesn’t obscure your main image, like the lower right corner for instance.

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Step 3 – Apply special effects

In case you want to give your watermark an interesting look, you can play around with the Blending Options. You can apply the Bevel & Emboss effect for a more 3D appearance, drop a shadow, outer/inner glow, add a stroke and many more. This is the fun part of the process, because you have the possibility to try out as many looks as you want for your watermark. Just tweak those options until you’re entirely satisfied, there are no restrictions.

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Step 4 – Adjust the opacity

If you’re aiming for a discreet watermark as most do, then it’s best to make certain corrections like tweaking the opacity. This will make your text watermark less prominent, allowing the viewer to focus on the photo itself. So lower the opacity level until you finally achieve the aspect you want.

2. Create a watermark brush

The second method you can resort to in order to add copyright to photo involves using the Brush tool. This one will actually simplify your work, as you won’t have to follow the previous steps every time you wish to watermark your photos.

Step 1 – Create a new document

To open a new document go to File > New. A new window will pop up with a couple of options you need to pay attention to.

Give it a descriptive name like Watermark for instance. Now the most important thing is to ensure your fresh document has a transparent background, so select Transparent in the Background Contents section of the window.  Choose the size you want, let’s say 800 x 600 pixels, and hit the OK button.

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Step 2 – Enter your text

This step is pretty self-explanatory. All you have to do is select the Type tool and enter the text you wish to use a watermark.

Step 3 –  Set it up as you want

In this step you can get creative and customize your Photoshop watermark to your liking. Choose the font, size or color according to your taste. Apply special effects like Bevel & Emboss, drop a shadow or two, add inner or outer glow, the possibilities are numerous.

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Step 4 – Trim the image

Once you’ve established the final format of your text, you need to reduce the image to its size. To do this go to Image > Trim and then check Transparent Pixels.

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Step 5 – Turn it into a brush

In order to turn our image into a brush, we need to go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Set a relevant name for your newly-created brush and press OK.

Step 6 – Select the new brush

Open in Photoshop the picture you wish to watermark and create a new layer by clicking on the “new layer” icon located in the lower right panel. Now select the Brush tool and go to the Brush Preset menu bar. Scroll to the bottom where you’ll be able to find the brush you recently created.

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Step 7 – Apply the watermark to the image

Before adding the watermark, make some final adjustments. Set the color of your brush with the aid of the color picker and adjust the brush opacity to your liking. Now, once everything is set in order, you can apply it to the image.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Blog Posts

7 Tips for Protecting your Blog Posts

Plagiarism represents without a doubt one of the most worrisome matters for site and blog owners. The online environment is a harsh place and you would think that the daily struggle to keep your business afloat is challenging enough. But no, in addition to producing quality written and visual content, you also have to play a sentinel role and keep an eye out for thieves.

Some do it unwittingly by using a photo they found on Google without providing proper credit to the photographer. Others are downright shameless and take important ideas or paragraphs out of your blog post and make it their own. Regardless of the method that’s being employed, content theft can seriously affect the stability of our business and that’s why it needs to be eradicated. So what can we do? Well, we can’t actually wait for thieves to feel remorse and come clean, so we have to take suitable measures.

Here’s a list of tips you can follow in order to strengthen your defense against copy cats:

1. Set up Google Alerts

If you feel like you have an article or a piece of content that was well received by your audience and enjoyed lots of shares, it’s best to be able to run a check up on a constant basis and see if it appears on other websites. In order to detect if your material has been stolen you can resort to a service like Google Alerts.

Using this option is free and quite simple. All you have to do is go to Google Alerts, type in the part of the text you want to monitor and then just create the alert. From the Options menu, you can choose how often you want to receive notifications, the source type (blogs, websites, forums and so on), the language and region and the relevancy of the results.

2. Search for copies with Copyscape

Another alternative to monitor your articles is to use a duplicate content checker like Copyscape. All you have to do is insert the URL of the page you wish to check, click Go and then just analyze the results shown. If you’re looking for a more in-depth analysis you can sign up for a premium account. This will allow you to see more results for each search (only 10 available with the free service) and check offline content by filling in the search box with the text you want to examine.

3. Watermark images with a specialized software

A truly important step is to secure your visual content. Whether it’s about shots you took in the park as an amateur photographer or professional product images, it’s of the essence to protect them. They are yours and nobody should use them without your authorization.

The best way to safeguard against this kind of theft is to apply a watermark to all the photos you intend to use online. You don’t have to worry that this will make your image less appealing, because today’s tools provide you with freedom to create a watermark as discreet as you wish.

7 Tips for Protecting Your Blog Posts

Here you have two possibilities at your disposal. The first would be to use an all-round software like Adobe’s Photoshop. In order to watermark multiple pictures at once you have to record this custom action and then apply it to the batch of images you’ve selected. The two stages involve a certain amount of steps and it’s recommended to have a basic understanding of the program in order to performs the tasks.

At the same time you can try a software particularly designed for this kind of operations like PhotoMarks. This app simplifies the entire process and makes it easy for any user, tech savvy or not, to accomplish the tasks. All you have to do is add your photos, apply the text or logo watermark, select the output folder and process. Both the text and logo watermarks are fully customizable, so you can adjust things like font, size, color, transparency, placement, stroke or shadow.

4. Install WP Content Copy Protection

Is you have a WordPress blog, an efficient strategy to protect content from easily being stolen is to install the Content Copy Protection plugin. However, this will not completely prevent someone from stealing your content or images but it will make it harder.

Among others things the plugin will disable:

  • Right click context menu
  • Text selection on both computers and mobile devices
  • Keyboard copy controls (this goes for Windows users)
  • Right click and save option on video and audio elements

Another thing to note is that the plugin will not harm your SEO, as Google and other search engines will still be able to read your content.

5. Be ready to take action

Although the content protection techniques have improved over the years, it’s not likely that copy cats will entirely disappear. So if you ever discover a copyright infringement, take immediate action. Gather all the proof you can get (texts, files, screenshots) and get in touch with those involved. If they refuse to remove the stolen piece, the best thing to do is to file a DMCA complaint with Google. Google doesn’t waste time when it comes to these matters and will surely remove the offender from the SERP’s.