ABC PSP - Tutorial 10

Watermarks


By ©LismibaebisCreations
January 2008

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP

This tutorial is my own creation, any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

This is Lesson 10 of a series of tutorials for the absolute beginner with PSP.
It is recommended that you complete the tutorials in numerical order, as each new one will build on the knowledge gained by the previous tutorials

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses


Adding visible watermarks to graphics is usually done by a creator for these reasons:

  • Adding © information for the image used
  • Adding "TOU" (Terms of Use) information as required by the artist of the original art
  • Your name (do NOT use © UNLESS you are the creator of the original art used for the creation)

There are several ways to make a visible watermark.
I usually use one of the following methods, depending on the background.
Making it legible can be a bit of a challenge at times



Needed

Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other versions)
Free 30 day PSP trial from Corel, available here


Image
photo_Lismibaebi2005.jpg,
available here


Preparation

1) Download the image photo_Lismibaebi2005.jpg and open in PSP

2) Window > Duplicate (Shift & D) twice
Close original and minimize one copy for later use

3) Dropper Tool (E)
Right click in image to choose a very light color as Background Color
(I chose #dfffa6)

Choose a color which will contrast well with the image area you want to place your watermark



Method A

1) Text Tool (T)
Settings:
Font = Arial
Size = 12
Units = Pixels
Font style = Bold
Alignment = Center
Direction = Horizontal and Down
Anti-alias = Sharp
Stroke width = 0
Create as = Vector

Screenshot of Tool

2) Click on Image and type

©Lismibaebi2005
(since I took this photo myself, the copyright belongs to me)

© is created by holding down the Alt key and 0169

3) Layers > Convert to Raster Layer

4) Optional:
Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Horizontal & Vertical = 1
Opacity = 100, Blur = 1.00
Color = Black
Shadow on new layer = Not checked

5) Move Tool (M)
Move watermark to where you want it

Screenshot of Watermark

6) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of watermark layer if necessary
(you want to have it legible, but don't want it to overpower the image)

Screenshot of Layers Palette

Screenshot of Watermark



Method B

1) Restore Up the second copy of image

Screenshot

2) Layers > New Raster Layer

3) Text Tool (T)
Settings:
Font = Arial
Size = 12
Units = Pixels
Font style = Bold
Alignment = Center
Direction = Horizontal and Down
Anti-alias = Sharp
Stroke width = 0
Create as = Floating

Screenshot of Tool

4) Click on image and type
©Lismibaebi2005

5) Layers > Delete

Are you sure you want to delete the current layer?
Click on "yes"

6) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow
Settings:
Horizontal & Vertical = 1
Opacity = 100, Blur = 1.00
Color = White*****
Shadow on new layer = Not checked

Screenshot of Watermark

*****On a light Background Color = Black

7) Selections > Select None

8) Move Tool (M)
Move watermark to where you want it

8) Layers Palette
Reduce opacity of watermark layer if necessary
(you want to have it legible, but don't want it to overpower the image)



I hope that you have found this tutorial helpful.
If you have any questions, please email me at: Barbara @ Lismibaebi.com


Suggestions for future ABC Tutorials are welcome


A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group.
Your help, support and patience made this possible

smilie





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