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11 Nov 2013

Add A Transparent Text Area To An Image With Photoshop

Tutorial [教程] • 11 NOVEMBER 2013
With the ability to copy an image off the Web as easily as right-click and save, a simple and quick way to protect your images is to put a visible watermark on the image. When it comes to watermarks, you either love or hate them: Watermarks tend to look ugly and ruin an image, but it’s a necessary evil to protect your photos from being used by someone else for other purposes. It’s a controversial subject (we don’t really like them), but there are plenty of people who have no issues with using watermarks.

If your photo editing/management software doesn’t offer a watermarking feature, you don’t want to download new software, or the online tools are too barebones or inflexible for your creative needs, you can always make your own using an image editing software like Photoshop, Gimp, or PixelMator (check out some of the other options). How fancy your watermark looks will depend on your graphic design comfort level, but, for most people, here’s the most basic way to get started. For me I am using Photoshop.

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to learn how to easily add a copyright watermark pattern to a photo. One of those things is to add a copyright watermark to your images, and in this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to see how easy it is to do.

As mentioned, you can simply overlay some text on top of an image with your copyright info, and decrease the opacity of the text between 40-60 percent – it should be viewable but it shouldn’t overwhelm the image (lower the opacity even further if you want it to look nearly invisible); the opacity can be adjusted in the Layers section of Photoshop, but may be found elsewhere in other programs. 

The position, size, and color of the text will be up to you – get as creative as you want, like creating a pattern all over the image. If you have premade logo (for your business, for example), you can do the same thing as you would with text: import or paste an image, and adjust the opacity. You can experiment with other design features and get super complex, but that’s up to you – I don’t think you need to overcomplicate things, however. If you use a program like Photoshop that lets you record an action, we suggest using it as you’re creating your watermark, so you can automate the process for batch images.

The final result with the copyright watermark.
I hope that you found this tutorial on how to watermark your images in Photoshop helpful. 


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