Before I started taking photography seriously (just a few months ago), I used to dislike watermarks. Most of the times it ruined my viewing experience because it was so hard for me to be able to concentrate on the image. A watermark can easily ruin an awesome photo if it’s not well positioned or if it doesn’t have the right size – it gets in the way of the art. I’m by no means a professional photographer and I don’t intent to make a living from my images (at least not in the short-term), but I really want people to enjoy my photos and have a pleasant experience with them. I realized that I was doing the same mistake that used to annoy me so much on professional pictures, and that’s why I have been reading some articles recently on how to best use watermarks.
Before explaining how to create a watermark signature in Photoshop, let me clarify the reason why I use a signature on my pictures. Honestly, I don’t lose worry about image theft since I’ve read that my photos are automatically copyrighted as soon as they are stored in my camera (read more here), plus I don’t own any masterpiece anyways. However, I tend to share my pictures on Pinterest (check out my boards here!), and when people see an image they like often times they come to my blog looking for more. It’s free advertising and it drives traffic to my blog – these are for me enough good reasons to use my signature. I know this is a controversial topic among the photography community, and there are a lot of photographers out there trying to prove why or why not is good to use watermarks. I personally believe that there is not only a right thing to do, each photographer should take that decision based on its own personal reasons on whether or not it’s worth it to add a little element of distraction on the images.
Your logo brush is ready to be used in the Brush Preset. You can adjust the size and color of it, depending on the background of your picture. I always add my logo to a separate layer so it’s easy to change, move, remove, etc. There are multiple ways to stamp your signature on your images using Photoshop, but I found this one to be the easiest for me. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any doubts!
You don’t have Photoshop? Don’t worry! Check out this tutorial I made on how to create a customized watermark logo FOR FREE!
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