Hello again! If you join in the weekly Monday twitter chats (#crafterminds), this last week we talked about photography! Photography is a HUGE HUGE HUGE part of craft blogging and we could all go on and on about it. But one thing we all agree on: You MUST watermark your photos!! Especially with Pinterest these days, you need to claim ownership of your photos where all can see. And you need to watermark ALL photos that are yours on your blog (yes, even the less pretty ‘tutorial step’ pictures.)
I’ve always edited my pictures in Photoshop. I have gotten to know it pretty well and it would be hard for me to go without. I know it’s a pricey program, but it’s really worth it! Photoshop Elements is a good substitute that is cheaper, and although I haven’t used it in years, I think it works in the same basic way.
But we can talk ALLLLL about Photoshop another time. Today I am going to show you how to make a simple blog watermark in PS.
Open up PS. Create a new document, and set the size to be approximately 300×200 pixels. It’s going to be cropped anyway. Be sure to make the background “transparent.”
Once you have your box, use the text tool to write your blog name in the right font. I write the name in one font and the actual site URL in another. It’s good to have the URL to entice any looking at the photo to visit your site. Make sure the URL is in a readable font too, so you can use your pretty font for your blog name. Create two separate layers for each line of text so you can move them precisely where you’d like.
Caveat: If you have a blog logo (meaning it’s more design than just a font), contact your graphic designer and have them send you the file as a .png file. Then just drag the png into the box and resize. (control+T for free transform.)
Crop your image to have as little space as possible around the text.
Then you will group the layers. Go to “Layers” and “Group Layers.”
After you group the layers, go and adjust the opacity (it’s in the Layers palette at the top.) Take it down to about 60%.
You are done! Just save it as a PNG file. And also save it as a PSD file so you can alter it later if you need.
Inserting your watermark into a photo
Open your photo in PS, open your watermark PNG in PS. Have them open side by side.
Drag the PNG watermark into the photo. Place it where you’d like it and resize it accordingly. Save and done!