A while ago two readers asked me to write a tutorial on how to create a watermark. I wrote the first one here; it shows how to create a brush that can be applied as a single color watermark. But how do you create a multicolored watermark?
The advantage of using a brush as a watermark is its consistency and flexibility. With a brush, you will always have the same watermark in different sizes and colors.
Now, the second watermark I used had multiple colors and that’s the one they liked the best. This watermark is not a brush, it is actually a picture. To create a watermark with multiple colors you need to create it as a PNG image.
It’s very easy to create colored watermark. Here’s how.
1. Open a new file in Photoshop but make sure you pick ‘transparent’ for the background content.
2. You will use this file to create your watermark. Type, copy and paste, or add new shapes to this file to create your watermark. I used the Type tool and different fonts to create the text I wanted and then I used shapes to add little circles. Because you will save this watermark as an image, you can do whatever you want. The background of your watermark will look like this when opened in Photoshop:
If you would like to copy a part or entire image from a different file, you can paste it to this file. If you use the erase tool to delete parts of the copied file, the background will be transparent because you started this file with transparent background. So, the key to this watermark is the transparent background.
3. When you are done creating your watermark, merge layers (Shift +Command+E) and save the file as PNG. This is the second important step. Saving your file as a PNG will keep the transparency.
4. Once you have your watermark saved, you can use it simply by coping and pasting to your photo. That’s it! So simple! :)
Now, this little drink is my favorite German instant coffee Jacobs 3in1. In Europe, I used to drink it during cold winter days after I would get home from work. Since cold days fall around the holiday season, this drink is unavoidably part of my holidays.