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Photoshop CS4 offers an abundance of helpful shortcuts and hidden tricks that allow designers and photographers to get more done in less time. In Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts, Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every Photoshop user must know. He covers strategies for better document and panel management, and offers techniques for becoming quicker and more nimble when using layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. Exercise files accompany the course.
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If you are a photographer watching this title, you might want to know how to watermark your images, say you want to copyright them with a visual watermark. And that's something where you see some sort of like copyright symbol or the name of your studio or whatever, but it's transparent and you see the image through that watermark. So let's create one of those. So I'm going to type the U key for my Custom Shape tool. That gives me the Rectangular tool here, and then here in the Options bar, I have got the Custom Shape tool. And one of the Custom Shapes that ships with the product is the copyright symbol as well as the trademark, and registered trademark symbol.
So I'm going to go ahead and get this copyright symbol. I am just going to double-click on that. I'm going to drag out a pretty large copyright across this image. I'm going to hold down the Shift key so it does it proportionally, okay, like so. And I may want to get this perfectly centered. It doesn't look like it's quite centered, so I get my Move tool and I'm going to select both these layers. So Shift- click on the two layers and once I have more than one layer selected with the Move tool, I have got some alignment buttons at the top here. And I'm just going to hit the horizontal and vertical center. So there is the Align horizontal centers and then the Align vertical centers. So that copyright symbol now is perfectly centered in image of the dog here.
Okay, so far so good. But I don't really want to see the black pixels. I want this is to be partially transparent or all the way transparent. So I'm going to deselect and just click on the Shape layer here and we are going to add an effect, one of the Layer Style effects. I'm going to click on the Effects icon and I'm going to choose, let's say a Bevel and Emboss. That brings up the dialog box where I get the Layer Style set to Bevel and Emboss. And I'll just go with the defaults. That's fine for now. And if I go to the Blending Options at the top of the list here, I have a special slider here called Fill Opacity, this is also readily available in the Layers panel proper as well. It's just labeled Fill here but here it is Fill Opacity. I'm going to take that down all the way to 0 and what that does is that it hides the actual pixels on that layer but it leaves the effect in full force. So it's way you can create a transparent watermark.
And you can do it with the Glow or Shadow instead of Bevel. It's up to you stylistically what you want this to look like. I'll just go with this for now. Go ahead and click OK. And then if I want to use this again to watermark some other image, I may want to save that as a Custom Style again. So I'll click on the New icon at the bottom of the Styles panel and I'll call this Watermark. And this is where you definitely do want to include this check box, Include the Layer Blending Options. That Fill Opacity slider that I just showed you, that is considered a Layer Blending Option and since we have taken that down all the way to 0, we want to include that in the definition of this Style. Go ahead and click OK.
Now, from now on, any time I want to watermark some other image, I either get a type layer or draw some other shape. Maybe use the copyright symbol again. Once I have got that artwork on a separate layer, I just hit it with that Layer Style by clicking on it and it's going to get that watermark effect.
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