Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Copyright Stamp Custom Brush

After a recent photo shoot, I needed to add my copyright stamp to each image. There were approximately 45 images so I needed a quick way to add the stamp to each one. I created a custom brush and then one simple click added the copyright stamp to each image.
I always recommend printing these instructions so that you can have them next to the keyboard. It makes it easier to follow along.
Instructions Using Photoshop

  • Open a new blank screen with a transparent background.
  • Click "D" to set the foreground color to black
  • Click on the Type Tool (or press "T")
  • Choose an appropriate Font with a large sizeI made mine fairly large, almost covering the background horizontally.
  • Add the copyright symbol ©The copyright symbol is made by holding down the Alt key and typing 0169 [Alt + 0169].
  • Type your name or company name right after the copyright symbol.©Bucks Mountain Galleries
  • Click on the Brush Tool (or press "B")
  • In the top menu, click on "Edit" and choose "Define Brush"
  • In the dialog box, name your brush, and click "OK".
  • Now the brush is saved in your Brush Presents and available at any point in the future
That's it. You have just created a custom brush for your custom copyright stamp. Now let's put it to use!

How to Use the Brush
  • Open an image.
  • Click on the Brush Tool (B)
  • Scroll to the bottom and find the custom brush you just created.
  • Place your cursor on the image where you want the copyright stamp to appear.
  • Click once. You should see your stamp on the image.
  • If you don't like the placement, press Ctrl-Z (Undo) and start over.
  • If you need to place the stamp on a dark background, then press "D" to change the foreground color to white. Click once in the dark area and your custom stamp should appear in white.

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