Category Archives: Digital Art

Creating A Watermark

One of the first things any photographer or artist should do before posting an image of their work online is create a watermark bearing the copyright symbol and the artist/photographer‘s name/logo.

This is a rather simple process you can do in Photoshop in less than two minutes once you get the hang of it.  I’ll guide you, step by step through the process I use.

* First, create a brush.  This can be your logo, the copyright symbol with your business name, or the copyright symbol with your name.  This is a one-time step.  Once you name and save your brush, you’ll be able to go straight to the next step the next time you have an image to watermark.  Huzzah!

* Second, open your selected image and resize it for use on the internet.  A smaller image with a smaller resolution is good to not only keep loading time low but also discourage theft by making any enlargement of the image pixilated.

* Third, create a new layer.  A NEW layer, not a duplicate of the original layer, a NEW layer.

* Fourth, on the new layer, use your newly created brush in black.  The size of the brush is up to you, just make sure it’s big enough to be legible!

* Fifth, apply the “emboss” filter to this layer.  You can play around with how pronounced you want the shadow of your watermark to be by changing the angle, height, and amount settings.  Typically, I use an angle of 180, a height of 3 pixels, and an amount of 80%.  Experiment until you find something you’re happy with.

* Sixth, go to the “layers” palette and set the blending mode to either “soft light”, “hard light”, or “vivid light” depending on how pronounced you want your watermark to be.  I typically go with “hard light” as my watermark blending mode.

* Finally, save your image as a new file.  This step is important or you’ll end up losing your original file, but you folks are smart cookies so I’m sure you already know this!  But, when saving your image, make sure you choose a medium to low quality.  Something under 100kb is best.  Again, this is to discourage theft by making any enlargements of the image too pixilated to be of any use.

If you look through any of my galleries, you’ll see the watermark I created for myself.  It’s not a bad idea to create other brushes to use in this process for when you get bored with the first one.

Good luck, and happy watermarking!

Until next time….

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~A.M.

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Hello…It’s Me Again…

It’s been a while hasn’t it my friends?

Yes. Yes, it has.

I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s going on in my life at the moment. And hey, even if you’re not wondering, I’m going to tell you anyway! ‘Cause I’m nice like that!

First of all, I’ve been working pretty hard to get my photography studio/office done and it’s almost there. Just a few cosmetic things and a few last minute photo essentials to add and I’ll be ready to go.

I got a new Canon printer to help with my photography too. That thing is sweet. Fast, good on ink, quiet, and nice quality. I found out the hard way though that the only photo paper that works properly with it is the paper made by the Canon manufacturer. Just another way for these big companies to rope you in and all but force you to use their products exclusively. Oh well. Gotta do what you gotta do I guess.

One thing that happened recently since my last update that was pretty cool…Bret (Blue Stahli) decided the art piece I made for him was decent and he said he’s going to use it! I haven’t seen it used yet but I’m waiting hopefully!

I’m still working on pieces to send in for Klayton’s call for art. The ideas are brewing but I’m having a bit of a tough time translating them from the plane of thought to the plane of existence. Wish me luck with that.

Next, I’ll be going to my first ever Renaissance Faire next month. I’ve got my costume all done. Granted it’s nothing spectacular, just a shirt, corset, and skirt. But simple tends to work best for me. I’m really not sure what to expect from this thing. I mean, I like to think I’m pretty knowledgeable about the medieval era but I don’t know how the whole Renaissance Faire scene works. If anything it’ll be a learning experience. Hopefully they won’t send an angry mob after me for bringing my camera. I think I’ll get quite a few nice shots at an event like that. We’ll see how it all goes down though.

And finally, I’m getting very close to completing my NYIP course! I have probably eight or ten pictures left to take and print then I can send everything in, sit back, and wait for my critique. If everything’s to their liking, they’ll send me a form to fill out to get my completion certificate. That’ll be awesome! I’m aiming for the end of this month to get everything done and sent in. It’ll probably be sometime in august before I hear anything back though. We’ll see!

Well, I guess that’s all the time I’ll take for this update. There’s much more I could say but I‘ll be nice and end here for now. That’s already (*insert number here*) minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Sorry.

And as usual,

Keep on rockin’ on!

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~A.M.

A Lil’ Sumthin’ Sumthin’ for Blue Stahli…

Get your mind out of the gutter! The title of this blog’s not referring to what you think! Though I think Bret would be ecstatic if it were! (Anytime, Bret…Anytime!)

Let me explain a bit…

Recently I opened up Photoshop and spent some time trying to create something to send to Klayton for his “Wish Upon A Blackstar” call for art. While I was slamming my head against the keyboard…uh…I mean…channeling my inner creative genius, I got distracted from the task at hand. It was a good kind of distracted mind you. Something decent (at least it’s decent in my opinion) came from the tangent I decided to follow.

So here it is…

A little something for our dear Blue Stahli.

Hope you like it Bret!

Enjoy!

And as always…

Keep on rockin’ on!

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~A.M.