Add Copyright Watermark to Your Images in Photoshop

This is a downloadable file that you can use to watermark your images. It is a layered Photoshop PDF file.

Once downloaded, open it with Photoshop, not Adobe Acrobat or similar.

When you open it, you can drag the watermark layer to your new image, and adjust size, opacity, etc to suit. More instructions on the file itself. If you want to publish an image on the web, flatten layers and convert to jpeg or suitable format.

Watermark File Download Right click on link and choose “save as”.

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11 thoughts on “Add Copyright Watermark to Your Images in Photoshop

  1. Any way to do this in an automated way for several hundred files?

    Lightroom will do it but I want the water mark up into the photo so they can’t just cut it off and ignore you. Lightroom places it down in the corner… too low.

  2. There is an easier way to get the copywrite sign by using the one in the shapes pallet. I have just been using it on some prints by: 1 making a new layer 2. chose color or use the default black. 3 After choosing the correct shape in the shapes pallet, hold down the shift key (To keep the original shape)and drag the shape. 4. since it is on it’s own layer, you can place it anywhere, or resize etc. If you want it to appear as a watermark, then reduce the opacity in the layer to what ever sutes you.

    You can make this an action and run it seperately each time or use the automate feature (under the File pull down menu). I would also suggets that you make an action that fills in the File Info so that you can prove the file is yours and have a date of copywrite. Hope that this helps someone.

    Dave Constantine

  3. David – this is a good comment. I did not include this concept in my post. and yes, I think it will help people in their work.

    I suggest that those using the file I provided take a look at the layer blending mode dialogue box (right click on the layer icon). There are some cool effects applied to the copyright symbol that can be used in a number of ways to create text effects.

    I think a photoshop user could go several ways: use the shape palette technique in an action, or use the layered file I provided, or….

    Given your comment, and requests from others, I will soon post an action that creates and adds the copyright layer to an image. That can be incorporated into an action, and will include the see-through and beveled effects.

    Additional note: I also suggest that photoshop/lightroom users always use the metadata fields to include their copyright and contact info, and selected keywords for search. This can be included in batch processing of images.

    Best regards,

    David Saffir

  4. I am very frustrated that the file info metadata is so easily removed by various processes a picture may go through.

    All that has to happen is a designer or client or intentional thief drags a photo from one canvas to another and all the metadata is gone.

    Adobe really needs to find a way lock the metadata to a photo so it will stick no matter what.

    • I agree. It would be great to be able to embed a digital watermark that could not be removed. I have been thinking about providing image files in PDF format, and I’m looking into whether these can be “locked” well enough to prevent misuse.

      David Saffir

  5. Hello! Thanks for the copyright tip for Photoshop. I am trying to figure out how to add a copyright symbol in several different locations in the metadata file. I want to do this in Adobe Bridge CS4 and Adobe Photoshop CS4. I use a pc with Windows XP. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.


  6. A “permanent-nonremovable” Copyright is already available. It has been for many years. And the interface has been built into Photoshop for several versions. It’s DIGIMARC! Look on the lowest section of PS’s Filters. You will need to pay for the subscription. But this imbeds your copyright info into the images pixels. And it will remain even if the images is cropped (drastically) had Liquify applied so that the image is no longer recognized.
    So, you can sell or license the digital file with a Digimarc and it stays with the file, since it’s not visible.

    Look into it if you need positive copyright protection.

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