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Make a Custom Brush for your Watermark

by Caroline Moore on March 22, 2011 · 41 comments

Like many necessary tasks, uploading your photos to your blog can be tedious: after a while, all that resizing, tagging, and watermarking gets old.

But there are lots of ways to make this process more efficient, and one of my favorites involves making your watermark a custom brush. Custom brushes give you more flexibility (color, size, placement, etc.), and you can watermark your images in a fraction of a second. Plus, it’s really easy:

1. Open up your logo in Photoshop and convert it to grayscale (Image > Mode > Grayscale will do the trick). Depending on what your logo looks like, you may need to do a bit of adjusting in Levels to get the contrast right. Note that anything white will be transparent.

2. Under “Edit,” click “Define Brush Preset.” Give your brush a name.

That’s it!

To use your new custom brush as a watermark, open up another photo, and select the brush tool. Click the drop-down menu next to your brush, and look for the one you just created. Click anywhere on the photo, and you’ve plopped down your watermark.

You can resize it, choose a color, or change the transparency, just like any of your existing brushes. Simply pick a spot and click, and voilà! Watermarked.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

WetcoastBob March 24, 2011 at 3:42 am

I do it in Aperture. No sweat!

William Guth March 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Is this CS5? I don't have a place where I can Define Brush Presets

Laurie Mix March 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Thanks for this…it is very helpful. I have gone the long way too many times!! :)
Laurie Mix

Photodoug1 April 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I have CS3 and it is there under the Edit tab.

chaug April 7, 2011 at 5:06 am

May I ask how to do it in aperture?

chaug April 7, 2011 at 5:07 am

May I ask how?

Plethoraofnothing April 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

After spending three hours trying to get this to work, I finally called someone in the know.
You have forgotten one step.
Your artboard must be set to essentials, otherwise there is no “define brush set” in the drop down edit menu!

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