Create a watermark in Adobe Photoshop CS4

A Watermark is a faint text or a lesser visible image, embedded in your document or work, to personalize it and to protect it from its illegal use. In this article, we will learn how to create a watermark in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

  • A. Create a new document
    1. Go to File > New. The ‘New’ window would be launched.
    2. Enter a name for the document.
    3. Enter the width and height (ideal would be 1600×1200).
    4. Enter a resolution of 300pixels/inch.
    5. Change the Background Contents to Transparent.
  • new_doc_window

  • B. Create the text that is to be watermarked
    1. Choose the Horizontal Type Tool from the toolbox.
    2. hori_type_tool

    3. Click and drag, then release the key to draw the text box. Enter the text you want to use as a watermark
    4. Choose a color for your text, by selecting the ‘Set the color’ button from the Formatting toolbar at the top of the window.
    5. Set the opacity to anywhere from 45% to 65%.
    6. You can add effects like drop shadow, bevel and emboss, outer glow, or any other to the text. In this example we will add drop shadow and bevel to the text. Select the text layer in the Layers palette and choose the ‘fx’ button in the bottom of the same palette (or double click on the layer). This will display the Layer Style window. Check the box next to Drop Shadow and play around with the options. Similarly check the box Bevel and Emboss and explore individual options, until you are satisfied with the resulting image.
  • C. Save the image (in formats like png, gif or jpeg) and your watermark is ready for use.

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About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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