This is a really simple tutorial and well worth the small effort required, because you’ll have something to put on your photographs/artworks without making it look too ugly while making sure you get enough credit in case your work is copied or used.
How to make a simple watermark in GIMP
1. Your Signature
- Firstly open up GIMP with a blank transparent page (1600 x 1200, 300dpi)
- Now Select the Text Tool, type in your name, or initials if too long
- Use any font you like, I used ‘Vladimir Script’
2. Copyright Symbol
- Use another text box and copy in the copyright symbol: © (copy it, Ctrl C -> Ctrl V)
- Again, use any font you like, I used ‘Vladimir Script’
3. Your Website
- Use another text box and type in your website or whatever URL you have (Flickr, DeviantArt, etc)
- Use any font you like, I used ‘Tw Cen MT‘
4. Adding a Breaker
- You can add a line in between the text:
- Add a new Layer
- Just grab the Brush Tool, with the settings shown below:
- Use Shift and Ctrl to get the line straight
Adding a Breaker
- Merge all layers go, ‘Right Click’ on layer –> Merge Visible Layers
- Now go, Image –> Autocrop Image
- Then, File –> Save As
- Name it ‘My-Watermark.gbr‘, the .gbr means it will be a brush (you can easily add it to images in one click)
- You may need to scale it down or the file size might be too large!
- Spacing: 25
- Description: Your Brush name – so you can find it in your toolbar!
Saving as a Brush
1. The file(.gbr) must be put into your GIMP folder (!may not be the same!): GIMP–>2.0–>brushes (C:\Program Files\gimp\2.0\brushes).
2. Refresh Brushes window, otherwise it should be there on start-up.
6. Adding your Watermark
- File –> Open as Layers…
- This is what it looks like:
- Add a new layer so you can adjust opacity
- The watermark might need to be scaled
- With 25% Opacity to blend better
Adding your Watermark
That’s it! You can download the .XCF file here: My-Watermark.zip
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