Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a transparent watermark, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Photography.
- [Instructor] One of the easiest and most common layer effects that you'll see is a technique that's used to create a transparent watermark. I'm going to select my type tool by tapping the t key and then I'll right-click in the Options bar over the T icon in order to reset the tool. Then I'll increase the point size to 48 point to make sure that we can see the type that I'm going to enter in. I'll click and start typing. I want to add the copyright symbol, so on the Mac, I'll use option + g in order to access that symbol.
On Windows, you'll hold down the alt key and type 0169, or you can use the character map or the glyph panel in Photoshop. Then I'll type in 2016 and Julieanne Kost. In order to commit to that text I'll click on the checkmark. Now in order to turn this into a transparent watermark, at the bottom of the Layers panel, I'll click on the Effects icon, and choose Drop Shadow. I'll move the Layer Style out of the way, and we can see that I can reposition the drop shadow by just clicking and dragging in the image area.
I'm going to increase the opacity of the drop shadow and increase the size. The problem is is that we can't see through the text. So I'll click on Blending Options, but if I lower the opacity, not only do I lose the opacity of the text, I also lose the opacity of the layer style. So instead, I'll move down to the fill opacity and decrease that. As I decrease the fill, we're able to see through the pixels on the layer but we still see the layer style.
Of course, we don't have to add a drop shadow. We could add any of the other layer effects. In fact, I'll uncheck Drop Shadow, click on Outer Glow in order to not only apply it or place the check here but also select it so that I can see the options on the right-hand side. I'm going to decrease the size a bit, and then increase the opacity and if this is something that I think I want to use over and over again, I'll click in the Styles area and then, on the right side, I'll choose New Style.
I'll cal this outer glow, and I want to make sure that I include not only the layer effects which is the outer glow, but also the layer blending options which was the fill option. I also can add this to my current library. I'll go ahead and check that on so we can look at that in a moment. We haven't talked much about libraries yet but they're really a great way to save assets in Photoshop. I'll click OK. That adds it not only to my layer style here, but when I click OK, and I look at my Styles panel, we can see there's my style.
Now if I switch to the move tool by tapping the v key, we can reposition the text anywhere in the image area and you'll notice that as I reposition it, we can still see through to the photograph below. All right, let's delete this effect by clicking on the word Effects and dragging it to the trash icon. Now we don't see that type layer because if you remember, we decreased the fill amount. So on the Layers panel, this fill option is the same option that was in the Layer Effects dialog.
So I'll increase the fill for a moment just to show that yes indeed we still have this type layer, but the next time I want to apply that layer style, instead of having to create it, all I need to do is click on it in the Styles panel. In fact, if I switch to my Libraries panel, we can see that saving this style to my library added it here to my currently-selected library. The great thing about storing things like layer styles in your library is that if you work in Photoshop on multiple machines, for example, you have a machine at work and a machine at home, if you use your same Adobe login on both of those machines, you'll be able to access these layer styles wherever you are.
Excellent. You can see how easy it is to create your own transparent watermark using layer styles in Photoshop.
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