Continuing on with what I said last week, that time is money and the main goal is to speed up your workflow, I wanted to do a quick tutorial on how to create a watermark in Photoshop and then turn it into a brush.

The first step is to create a new blank document. To do that go to file > new

You will get the following dialog box. Enter 1 for the height and 3 for the width and 300 for the resolution. Then press ok.

Now you will see a blank document. Click on the text tool to add your text to the document. Choose black from the color picker. When you do this, you will see a new text layer in the layers palette.

Once you’ve entered your text, you want to select all. You can do this by going to select > all or by pressing ctrl + a on PC or cmd + a on a Mac.

Once you’ve done this, you will have marching ants around your selection (which is the entire document).

Next, you want to go to edit > define brush preset

And you’ll get a dialog box that prompts you to give your brush a name

Name it, in this case I name it CM Rocks and press ok. Now you want to deselect your selection. You can do this by going to select > deselect or by pressing ctrl + d on PC or cmd + d on a Mac.

Now you’re ready to use your watermark brush. Open a photo, create a new blank layer by clicking on the new layer icon in the layers panel or by pressing shift + ctrl + n on a PC and shift + cmd + n on a Mac.

Click on the brush icon from the toolbar or simply press B on your keyboard for your brush tool and right click to get your brush palette to open up. Choose your brush from the list. You can also go the menu option bar across the top of the screen and choose your brush from there.

Now that you have your brush selected and a new blank layer, you can make the brush any color you want by using the color picker, you can adjust the layer opacity, as well as the brush opacity and you can move the watermark around using the move tool.

When you have the move tool selected, make sure you have show transform controls checked in the menu options bar. This gives you handles around your watermark, allowing you to resize it. Holding down the shift key while resizing will keep your watermark proportionate.

When you’re all done, choose flatten image.

Here is our photo with our watermark:

If you want to use your logo, you can. Simply open your logo and follow the steps above.

Now that you’ve created your watermark why not go a step further and create an action? You can refer to last week’s tutorial on Creating an Action in Photoshop. Happy watermarking!