Photoshop Tutorial: How to Add a Watermark to Protect Your Images

Copyright Photo

In this tutorial, you will learn how to protect your digital work from thieves and plagiarists. You will learn how to watermark your images simply in Adobe Photoshop. For those who don’t know what a watermark is, it is basically a set of words or a copyright name that is put over an image so that it remains your work and can not be claimed as someone else’s.

This is a great tutorial if you start posting your images on websites or selling your digital work (whether it is logos, stock photos, templates, wallpapers, etc). Keep in mind that a watermark is more than just simple text on top of an image. A watermark is less ‘obnoxious’ looking. It blends in so the image can be seen, but it also is fairly visible and obvious that it is present. Photoshop will make this quick and easy!
First, you will need to select an image to work with. It can be absolutely any image: a photo, a logo, etc.


  1. Start by creating a new document and adding the word “copyright” using the ‘Horizontal Type Tool‘. Then sort the text by going to the Rectangular Marquee Tool and then drag it around the text.
  2. Next, go to Image > Crop. This will omit all of the useless white space around the image so far.
  3. Although the watermark looks good so far, it should look more professional. Press CTRL+T so that you will be able to go to Free Transform. Then hold down the top cursor and turn it until the text is on an angle. After that, delete the white background again so that the background is transparent and easier to work with.
  4. The next step is to turn what you have into a Pattern. Go to Edit > Define Pattern. This will bring up the Pattern Name Box as a window. Give the document a name in PSD format and click OK.
  5. Now create a new layer and name it again.
  6. Go to Edit > Fill > Custom Pattern, and select the pattern you have just saved. Put the opacity at 15% and click OK. You can also set a color by going to Image > Adjustments > Variations and selecting the color you prefer.

Now your image is full watermark protected. If you save the pattern, you will not have to go through this process every time you want to watermark something. Just simply start from Step 5. Also, instead of just using the word “copyright” as the watermark word, it is safer to use your name or company name, and the date or year the image was created. The word “copyright” is too generic but was just used as an example in this Photoshop tutorial.

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