Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a transparent watermark, part of Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography.
- [Julieanne] One of the easiest and most common Layer Effects that you'll see is the technique that's used to create a transparent watermark. So, let's go ahead and do that. Now, I can apply this technique if I'm using a shape layer or a text layer or, really, any kind of layer. But, in this instance, we're going to use a type layer. I'll tap the "t" key to select the text tool and then I'll right click in order to reset that tool. I do want to increase the point size. So let's just select 48 from the drop-down menu. Then I'll click in the image area and, in order to add the copyright sign, I'll use opt + g on the Macintosh or on Windows you can use alt + 0 + 1 + 6 + 9 or you could use the character map.
Or, in fact, you can use the glyphs panel in Photoshop to insert a copyright symbol. Then I'll just type my name, Julieanne Kost. In order to commit to that text, I can either click on the check mark or I can just click in the image area but far away from the text and that will commit it. Now, in order to add the watermark, from the bottom of the layers panel I will add a drop shadow Layer Effect. I can increase the opacity of the drop shadow and change the distance and the angle by just dragging in the image area.
I might also decrease the size so that it's a bit crisper of a drop shadow. Now, switching to the Blending Options, if I decrease the Opacity in the general blending area, Photoshop is going to decrease the opacity not only of the contents of the layer, in this case, the text, but also the Layer Style. So instead of changing the Opacity in the General Blending I'll move to Advanced Blending and change the Fill Opacity. As I decrease the Fill Opacity, we no longer see the contents of the layer, in other words, the type, but we can still see the Layer Effect.
Now, I don't think this is quite intense enough so I might actually change either the settings for the drop shadow itself or, let's try a different Layer Style. I'm gonna uncheck the drop shadow and then click on Outer Glow to apply it. I've increased the Opacity here of the Outer Glow to make it more obvious and I've also increased the Size of it a little bit. Alright, if I think this is a Layer Style that I'm gonna use over and over again, I can click on Styles and then create a New Style.
I'll call it "JK watermark". And I wanna be sure to include the Layer Effects and the Layer Blending Options, that was the fill slider that I changed. And I can not only add it to my styles, but I can also add it to my current library. I'll click Ok. We can see that it's been added to my styles. I'll click Ok again. Now, I'm gonna remove this for a moment by just clicking the effects and dragging it down to the trash icon. Now, we still have the type layer there but, remember, we change the Fill Opacity.
And, in fact, we can see that right here on the layers panel. So, just to show that yes, there is indeed text, I'll go ahead and increase the Fill Opacity up to 100%. But if I want to quickly apply that Layer Style, I'm going to the Window menu and show my styles. We can see, there's the style that I just added, and a single click will apply it. We can also look at my Libraries panel and we'll see that the Layer Style has been added to the Library.
And one of the advantages of using the Libraries panel in order to store any assets or things like Layer Styles or character styles is that anything in your Libraries panel will be synced to Creative Cloud. And that means that if you have two computers, say one at work and one at home, if you create this Layer Style at work and you store it in your Libraries panel, when you get home, you'll have access to that Library as long as you log in with the same Adobe ID. Excellent! So there you go.
You can see how easy it is to create your own transparent watermark using the Layer Styles in Photoshop.
- Dodging and burning with Curves
- Tinting and toning techniques
- Using color lookup tables
- Brightening eyes and lightening teeth
- Using the Healing Brush tool
- Combining multiple images
- Creating a double exposure effect
- Creating a panorama in Photoshop
- Creating a soft glow with grain
- Creative blurring effects
- Painting essentials
- Type and layer effects
- Working with artboards and libraries
- Quickly exporting images
- Sharing images to social media