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How To Add A Watermark in Adobe Photoshop CC

If you’re new to photoshop and interested in learning a basic technique to add either your logo as a watermark or just some simple text, then this post is for you! We have both an explainer video for you to watch and some written instructions below – Let’s get started!

First off, if this is your first venture into Photoshop, it can be daunting because like all Adobe Software Programs, it is a beast! But, don’t let that detour you. Yes, there is so much to learn in Photoshop but you don’t need to know everything to dive in and start enjoying this amazing program.

Adding a Logo Watermark

  1. Open up Adobe Photoshop CC, and open the photo you’d like to add a watermark to and your logo as well. You will see two tabs: one with your photo and one with your logo.
  2. Locate your layers panel, this is typically on the right hand side of your screen but if you don’t see it there, go up to your menu and click on the window menu, and then layers or F7.
  3. Now, add a new layer. On Mac, this will be ⌘ + shift (⇧) + N and on PC, Shift+Ctrl+N
  4. Go to the tab with your logo and click ⌘ + A to select all, ⌘ + C to copy it and then navigate back to your image and click ⌘ + V to paste it. If you’re using PC, instead of ⌘, you’ll use the ctrl key.
  5. Next, decide if you’re happy with the size of your logo. If you think it’s too big, you can use the Transform Command and click ⌘ + T (ctrl + T for PC) and you’ll see a box around your logo. Now, hold the option key down and go to the bottom corner of the box around your logo and drag toward the centre. When you’re happy with the size, release your mouse key, the option key and press enter.
  6. Now, grab your Move Tool (V) and drag and drop your logo to a place on your image that you like.
  7. If you’re happy with how it is, go ahead and click file, export, export as, and from this window you can choose the file type, change the size and then export.
  8. If you’d like to make your logo a little more inconspicuous, you can select your layer with the logo (layer 1) and then just above, you’ll see a box called opacity, click the down arrow and slide it from left to right to see the fading effect.
  1. If you’d like to make your logo pop, you can add a blending option. Right click on your Layer 1 and then click blending option. From here, I like to use either the drop shadow or outer glow. Drop shadow gives it a dark outline / shadow and makes it pop off the image a bit and outer glow gives a white glow around the outside. Use the opacity slider in here to change how much or how little of the effect you apply to your logo.
  1. Once you’re happy, export it and give yourself a pat on the back!

Adding A Text Watermark

  1. Open up Adobe Photoshop CC, locate the photo you’d like to add a watermark to
  2. Locate your layers panel, this is typically on the right had side of your screen but if you don’t see it there, go up to your menu and click on the window menu, and then layers or F7.
  3. Now, add a new layer. On Mac, this will be ⌘ + shift (⇧) + N and on PC, Shift+Ctrl+N
  4. Click on the Text tool on the left hand side (T). Now click on your image and drag, you’re making a text box here.
  5. Next, you’ll see a bunch of placeholder text that is highlighted, go ahead and type in your name or whatever you wish to. Along the top, you’ll see the standard font options. You can align your text, change the color, the font style and the font size here.
  6. Once you’re happy with your text, grab your Move Tool (V) and drag and drop your text to a place that you’d like the watermark to be.
  7. If you’re happy with how it is, go ahead and click file, export, export as and you can choose the file type, change the size of the image (if you’d like) and then export.
  8. If you’d like to make your text a little more inconspicuous, you can select your text layer (layer 1) and then just above, you’ll see a box called opacity, click the down arrow and slide it from left to right to see the fading effect.
  9. If you’d like to make your text pop, you can add a blending option. Right click on your Layer 1 and then click blending options. From here, I like to use either the drop shadow or outer glow. Drop shadow gives it a dark outline / shadow and makes it pop off the image a bit and outer glow gives a white glow around the outside. Use the opacity slider in here to change how much or how little of the effect you apply to your text.
  10. Once you’re happy, export it and give yourself a pat on the back!

That’s it! How was your first foray into Photoshop? I’d love to hear how it went in the comments below. If you’d like to learn more about what this amazing program can do, join our Using Adobe Photoshop CC class in either Edmonton or Calgary! We start this class from the beginning so, don’t feel intimidated to join – we keep our classes small and our instructors non-snobby 😉

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