Title: Another Way To Watermark

Software: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 & up

Author: Merlene Guldager

Home Page: Gold Acres Designs

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials Needed:

  • A Photo of your choosing. If you don't have one you can use one from the PIRC Photo Gallery.
  • Description:
    Learn another way to watermark by creating an embossed image and then changing the blend modes to apply it. This is a very versatile way to watermark and a nice alternative to the shadow method. It's especially useful on dark backgrounds.


    PaintShop Pro has multiple workspaces and modes. What you use will depend on your version of PSP. If you are using PSP 2018, you should select the Complete workspace and the Edit mode. For older versions, select the Edit mode.

    Creating the Watermark

    1. Open a new white raster image, 500x200 pixels to give you room to work.

    2. Select the Text tool and set up as follows:
      Font = your choice but not too fancy.
      Size = 28 or larger depending on your font.
      Anti-alias = Smooth
      Create as Vector = Checked
      Stroke = 0

    3. In your Materials Palette choose any dark color but white for the Background color. Since the Stroke is set to "0", the foreground won't be used.

    4. Type your name and click Apply.

    5. Click any Layer in the Layers palette and merge visible.

    6. Go to Effects Texture Effects Emboss.

    7. Your image should look something like this now. Not pretty, but the magic hasn't happened yet.

    8. Use your Selection tool with a rectangle shape and draw a box around your name. If you need to adjust the selection, just right click in the middle of it and while holding the right mouse button down move it until it's centered in the box.

    9. Go to image Crop to Selection.

    10. To save for future use go to File Export Picture Tube and name your watermark.

    Using the Watermark

    1. Open an image you want to watermark. A photo for example.

      Select your Picture tube tool and find your watermark.

    2. Add a new raster layer then click anywhere on the image to apply the watermark.

    3. Use your Move tool to place it where you want it to be. It still doesn't look good. But the next steps will change that.

    4. On your Layers palette click on the word Normal to change the Blend Mode. Choose Soft Light from the pop-up menu. This works best most of the time. But depending on the image you are watermarking, you may need to try a different one. Hard Light is suggested, but do try several to see what works best. You might also want to consider lowering the Opacity.

    5. All that grey is gone and only your name remains.

      This method of watermarking allows you to place your watermark in a dark spot and have it still show as you can see in the example above.

    6. Go to File Export, select JPG Optimizer and save your image.

    If you are looking for a great place to learn more about PaintShop Pro, please visit The Beginner's Workshop. We offer a different approach to learning. Upon acceptance you will be assigned a mentor to work with. She will be there to answer all your questions and help you get the most of each tutorial. And the best part is that it's completely FREE! Please note, you need to have PSP X7 or newer.

    Copyright © Merlene Guldager

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