Sunday, June 22, 2008

watermarks:

So you want a watermark but you don't know if you can use one with your computer and photo editing software.

Here is a sample watermark for you to try - right click on the image to the left. (mac users ctrl+click)


Here are some little tidbits of information about watermarks....

WHAT EXACTLY IS A WATERMARKS:

A watermark is a transparent image saved as a PNG (Portable Network Graphic) which contains any mixture of text, graphics and copyright information. The PNG is a file which can be copied and pasted onto your digital photograph (.jpg file or scan) to protect your work. It is becoming more popular to share work in the Paper Crafting industry. The purpose of the watermark is to protect your image.


HOW DO I ADD MY NEW WATERMARK TO MY PHOTO:

If you are using photo editing software to modify your digital photos or scans, you should easily be able to add a watermark to your work. Some photo editing software allows you to drag and drop your .png file (watermark) directly onto your photograph. Others allow you to copy and paste your file. Once you have received your file with the watermark, you open it using your photo editing software. At this time, you should also open the document which you would like to watermark. Once both the files are open, you can copy (ctrl-c) the watermark and paste (ctrl-v) the watermark onto your photograph. The watermark is a moveable file – so you should be able to move the transparent image exactly where you want it on your photograph. Save your file as a .jpg image and you have an image which is now embedded with a watermark.


Remember - if you are using PhotoShop Elements, make sure that the Auto Select Layer option is UNCHECKED! (upper left-hand corner of window)? If not - you may get a blocked image around your watermark.

If you are using Kodak Picture It: Here are the directions for you!

STEP BY STEP:

  • Open watermark with Picture IT
  • In Picture IT click on "Open another picture..."
    • Both watermark and card will display in the "tray" at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on your card
  • Click and drag watermark over card in the display window
    • your watermark should be located over your card in the display window.
  • Move watermark into position.
  • Hold shift key down while clicking on both images (either in display window or "stack" at the right side of screen).
  • Group images together
  • Save as JPEG
  • Upload your newly watermarked card to your gallery or blog!




4 comments:

Becky & Ellie said...

LOL... Beth, was this post just for me?!? It sounds suspiciously like an answer to that email I sent you today! Thanks! ;) Now, I just have to figure out how to actually DO all that, lol...

:O)

Stefanie Staniak said...

Thanks Bethie. I am going to try it again and as soon as I get it to work then I'll need to have you make me a new one.

Barefootstamper said...

Thank you so much for posting this -- you wouldn't believe how often this comes up in my various Yahoo Groups.

You got a shout out at Card of the Week.com for Tutorial Tuesday. You can check out the post at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/06/tutorial-tues-3.html

Kari Lyn said...

I've asked several "watermark" people about this and NO ONE gets back to me. Thanks for making things clear. I'm going to try this and if it works for me, I'll get back to you to make one for me!!! Do you have samples of what you've done? I wouldn't even know where to begin.

 

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