How To Quickly Watermark Your Photos in Photoshop

Photographers have mixed opinions on whether or not you should watermark your photos. Some think they can help protect your images from digital theft, while others think they are a distraction to the image itself. Of course, it all boils down to personal opinion. If you tend to lean in favor of a watermark, check out this helpful tutorial on how to quickly watermark your photos using Photoshop:

Watermark Your Photos With a Custom Brush

The method described in the video walks you through the process of creating a custom brush from your logo, which is a handy way to access the watermark while editing any of your images in Photoshop.

  1. Make sure your logo is black on a white background.
  2. Size your logo to about 900 by 900 pixels.
  3. Now, go to Edit > Define Brush Preset.
  4. Name the watermark, and hit OK.
  5. Open the Brush Preset Manager.
  6. Drag the watermark brush to the top so it is always easily accessible.
  7. To watermark an image, create a new layer, grab the brush tool, change it to the custom brush you just created, and click anywhere on the image where you want the watermark to appear.
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Creating a custom watermark stamp is a quick process that you only need to do once.

By creating a custom brush and simply stamping your images to apply a watermark, you are also making it easy to sample colors from the image you are working on so that your watermark is always complementary to the color tones of the photo. Don’t forget to experiment with different blending modes and opacity levels to fine tune your watermark.


Grab colors from the image and experiment with blend modes to make your watermark less intrusive.

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9 responses to “How To Quickly Watermark Your Photos in Photoshop”

  1. Bill Veik says:

    I use Watermark Image Software.

  2. I use the watermarking featuring (using a graphic I created in Photoshop) in Lightroom upon exporting images for online posting.

  3. Armin says:

    I use Its an online app that allows you to watermark photos in batch. Has a tonne of features including resizing, compression and more.

  4. james says:

    I use Mass Watermark to watermark,resize,add exif and export my pics directly to picasa in Bulk.
    Take a look much easier this way

  5. Krista says:

    I used Lightroom, but currently I use watermark creator on my Mac. Its an online app that allows you to watermark photos in batch. It has a visual watermark designer.

  6. tdenise says:

    how to watermark multiple pictures at one time

  7. James says:

    You can do this easily using Mass Watermark for macOS.

  8. Balbir says:

    Thanks for the article, I was struggling to figure out a way to protect my images

  9. Erin says:

    I love this video. Very clear instructions. I went to go and do this, and can’t open Photoshop because the scratch disk is full. How the heck do I either empty or expand it when the program won’t open and I can’t get to the preferences? Is there a trick? Would love a tutorial on this.

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