Think about it - having one in your brushes list will make it really
easy to digitally sign all of your photographs and artwork - your
All of the images you post on the web, Facebook, Deviant Art and all of
the other different sites are available for anyone to download - did
you ever think of that?
This means it's a reasonably good idea to
make sure you have digitally signed all of your work, securing
This is an easy procedure so let's get going ...
Create a new, transparent
blank file with the same resolution as your photographs.
Select the Horizontal Type Tool, choose a font such as
Arial or Myriad Pro, set the Alignment to Center and Bold. In
this example the font size was set to 72 just so it would be nice and
easy to see.
The first thing to do is create the Copyright symbol.
In Windows - press the Number Lock key, hold down the
key and type 0169 on the number pad.
On a Mac - press Option + G
With the Copyright Symbol in place type any text you want
as your Watermark text.
When complete, click the little check mark on the options
Now it's time to embellish the Watermark.
Open the Effects Menu and then choose Bevels from the drop down list.
There are a lot of choices available but the Inner Ridge and Scalloped
Edge seem to provide the best results.
At this point the text is finished but a drop shadows an also be
added. In the Effects menu drop down the list and select Drop
Once again there are lots of choices but the one labeled Low seems to
be a good choice.
Making The Watermark Brush
This is the easiest part of the procedure.
The first thing is to select the Brush Tool and then drop down the
brushes in the options bar.
If the Default Brushes are not selected then drop down the Brushes list
and select Default Brushes.
Now drag a rectangular selection around the text and go to Edit > Define Brush From Selection ...
Enter a name for the watermark brush and click OK. That's it -
you're done and the new brush will be found at the bottom of the
Default Brush list.
When you need to use it just select it from the brush list, choose an
appropriate color and tap once with your pen (or left click with your
mouse) to put a watermark copyright on your work.
Here's one I put on one of my pictures of little Libby ...
And, for good measure, a nice close-up of the watermark ...
A watermark brush is a very useful brush to have but you can make some
fun brushes as well using the same procedures.
For instance, if a selection is made on a part of an image then Edit
> Define Brush From Selection ... will make a grayscale brush
selection. Like this ...
This one is simple but will take some time to trace with a Wacom
First - do the tracing on a layer (this may take a bit of time).
When it's done, turn off the visibility of the Background (white) layer
and draw a rectangular selection around the tracing and then Edit
> Define Brush From Selection ...
Here are a few that I did - the top one is the Ford Mustang Badge from
the front of a 60's Mustang. The middle one is the Chevrolet name
plate from the front of a 56 Chevy and the bottom one is a tracing of a
Create a new file and add a layer.
Grab your Wacom pen and draw
or paint anything.
Turn off the visibility of the Background (White) layer and draw a
rectangular selection around your artwork on the layer.
Now - Edit
> Define Brush From Selection ... and now you have a brush
featuring your amazing artwork.
Now I've got a nice brush with my first initial and I can pretty much
put it anywhere I want.
Now I have no idea how useful these brushes will be but it was fun
Once the brushes have been created then all of the different brush
dynamics can be applied to the new brushes just like the standard
With a Wacom tablet the pressure applied to the pen can change ...