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Watermark files to keep sticky fingers at bay

Add a watermark in Photoshop Elements

1. The simplest way of adding a watermark to a photo requires nothing more than your usual image-editing application. Here we’re using Photoshop Elements 6.0, but the technique works with Paint Shop Pro and Photo-Paint too. Open an image and add an extra layer to it. Name this ‘Watermark’.

Step 1

Step 1

2. On the new layer, type the text you want to appear in the watermark. Make it a decent size so that it’s difficult for someone else to crop out. The text on our sample image is 72pt in size and, because the chosen font is quite thin, we’ve decided to add a coloured outline.

Step 2

Step 2

3. To make the watermark fill more of the image, add a shape to the overlay. You may want to make it semi-transparent – you need to strike a balance between securing the image and enabling the viewer to enjoy it. How valuable is the photo to you, and what would be the consequences if it were stolen?

Step 3

Step 3

4. Be sure to flatten the layers before you save the image; this will stop viewers simply removing the watermark layer. Saving the file as a Jpeg will do this automatically, but for other image types you’ll need to flatten manually. Finally, save the photo with a different name from the original.

Step 4

Step 4

See also:

Protect your photos using Watermark Factory

Watermark a PDF in Adobe Acrobat

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