ABC PSP - Tutorial 10

Watermarks


By LismibaebisCreations
January 2008
Revised April 2021

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP
This tutorial is written for Windows 10

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

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

If you have another PSP version and do not understand the screen shots, email me and I will try to help you, I have several PSP versions from PSP 8 (the old Jasc version) to PSP 2020.

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses



Adding visible watermarks to graphics is usually done by a creator for these reasons:
- Adding copyright 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).

Some years ago I decided to stop using my name in my IM letters and signature tags, unless a license is required with the image. The licenses are always generated by the store the image is bought from and is for one person alone. You can not use somebody else's license for an image you have not purchased.

There are several ways to make a visible watermark depending on the background.
Making it legible can be a bit of a challenge at times.
Different creators have their own preferences to how they do them. If you see something you like, email the creator and ask how they did it :).

Some years ago I started to make a brush with the credits I do.
Why? It means that next time I use the same artist it is readily available in any color I wish to use. I do not have to search for the link, my license etc each time.
If an artist changes the link, I make a new brush and delete the original.



Needed

Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial should work with other PSP versions, some adjustments might be necessary)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here



Font

A pixel font like FFF Dreamer, available here



Image

abc10_image.jpg, available here
(Just to try different options)



Plugin

Eye Candy 3.1
email me (Lismibaebi at gmail.com) for a link



Preparation

1) Download and install a pixel font like FFF Dreamer
(Doubleclick on the font file and click on "Install")

2) Download the image abc10_image.jpg

3) Add Eye Candy 3.1 to your plugin folder
(See ABC Tutorials 07 "Organizing PSP Extras ")



Making Brush

4) Open PSP

5) File > New
Settings:
Width = 500 Pixels
Height = 100 Pixels
Resolution = 72.000 Pixels/inch
Raster Background = Checked
Color depth = RGB / 8 bits channel
Transparent = Checked

6) Materials Palette
Set your Background Color
Settings:
HTML = #000000
Texture = Not checked

7) Text Tool (T)
Settings:
Font = FFF Dreamer
Size = 8, Units = Points
Alignment = Center
Direction = Horizontal and Down
Anti-alias = off
Stroke width = 0.0
Create as Vector
Line Style = Solid
Join = Miter Join
Leading = 0.000
Auto kern = Checked
Kerning = 30
Tracking = 0.000

Screenshot of Tool

Important:
If you use anything other than "Resolution = 72.000 Pixels/inch" you need to change the Text Tool settings

8) Type your name
Click "Apply"

9) Objects > Align > Center in Canvas

10) Edit > Copy

11) Edit > Paste As New Image

12) File > Export > Custom Brush

Screenshot of Tool

13) Name your new Brush so that you can find it easily in the future.
I name the brushes for the artist: !© followed by the artist's name.
This means that they are top of the Brushes list when I look for a brush.
If you do not have a © on your keyboard, type alt+0169.



Applying Watermark

14) Open image abc10_image.jpg in PSP

15) Window > Duplicate (Shift & D)
Close original

16) Layers > New Raster Layer

17) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in 3rd from the top rectangle of the image to choose the light lilac color as Foreground Color

18) Brush Tool (B)
Look for the Brush you want to use.
For names you usually don't need to change any of the settings

Screenshot

19) Left click in the top rectangle

As you can see a light color on a plain dark background works very well.
You might want to add a Drop Shadow to give it more contrast.

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

Screenshot

21) Layers > New Raster Layer

22) Brush Tool
Left click in the second rectangle from the top

23) Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow

24) Layers > New Raster Layer

25) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in the top rectangle of the image to choose the dark color as Foreground Color

26) Brush Tool
Left click in spare space in the second rectangle from the top

You can see that is not so easy to see

27) Layers > Duplicate

28) Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy 3.1 > Glow...
Settings:
Width (pixel) = 2
Opacity = 100
Opacity Dropoff = Fat
Color = Left click into the rectangle and choose the light lilac color of your image

Screenshot

You can reduce the opacity of the top layer (which has the glow effect) to your liking

Screenshot

29) Layers > New Raster Layer

30) Dropper Tool (E)
Left click in the image to choose either the dark or medium color as Foreground Color

31) Brush Tool
Left click in the third rectangle from the top

The Drop Shadow we used before does not work well with either color.
With the dark color I changed the Drop Shadow color to white.
With the medium color I used Eye Candy again, but left Color white.

Screenshot

You see to get legible text on plain backgrounds is quite easy by choosing the font color, Drop Shadow color or using Eye Candy Glow.
The real challenge is busy backgrounds.
On the left I used the light color for the text and the Drop Shadow with color black. This might well be good enough for your name. But if you have to display license info very clearly, this might not be acceptable.
On the right I used the darkest color for the brush and then Eye Candy Glow with in between the lightest and medium color as Color.

Screenshot

No doubt that you will find your own preferred way to apply any text information you wish to use.
I have just explained how I do it.



Suggestions for future ABC Tutorials are welcome


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


A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2008 and to Janet for proof reading in 2021.

smilie





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