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When trolling through images on Google, I'm sure everyone has seen pictures with a faint, but still relatively annoying white image over the image you want.
People do this for a lot of reasons. To protect their work from copyright infringements, so people will ask for the work instead of just using it. And in most instances, they are selling their work and don't want it pirated.
Now I dont know how useful this tutorial will be to many of you. But I find it never hurts to have a watermark handy in any case.
This is a very simple tutorial, but very worthwhile.
Now... on with the tutorial...
Create a new document. Size and resolution dont matter. But I usually use W:800 H:600 Res:300.
With your primary color set to black, use the paintbucket to fill in the background. This layer is not permanent. It will just make your watermark easier to see.
Create a new layer. This is the layer your water mark will be made on. Here you can do whatever you want. I'm going to use my current sig.
So now you should have something that looks similar to this. The placement doesnt really matter. I just prefer it in the middle.
Now as I'm sure you have all noticed, a watermark is usually grayscale and somewhat transparent. So what we are going to do now is go to Adjustments/Black and White.
It should now look something like this.
Now select somewhere other than your watermark and press Ctrl+I to invert the selection, then Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard. Create a new document and leaving image size as is, set resolution to 300.
Create a new layer and delete the original background layer.
Press Ctrl+V to paste the image onto the canvas.
Size doesnt really matter here. In fact the larger the image the better.
Press F4 to bring up "Layer Properties" and set opacity to 120.
it should now look like this:
Save the image as a .png, and open up a new document again.
change the background to whatever, then go to Effects/Tool/Custom brushes mini.
Click ":Add new brush" and load your image.
Resize your watermark to however you want it, then WOO HOO! You're done!
Here's my finished product: (Artwork under watermark done in Photoshop and for demonstration of watermark only)