Software: Ulead PhotoImpact 10 or 11
Title: Make a Watermark
Skill Level: Beginner
Are you using PI 7, 8, or XL?
|1. Open a New Image — color white,
320x240 (you'll find this size if you click on the arrow next to Standard).
2. Click the
Tool. In the Attribute Bar, choose Arial Black; size: 32; color:
Black; Mode: 2D Object.
3. Change to the Crop Tool. Click on the Options icon, click "Active Selection/Object(s)". Double-click in the uncovered area to crop your image, or click the Crop check-mark icon on the Attribute Bar.
4. Right-click and Merge All.
|5. Go to Effect / Fills and Textures
Click on the Options button. You will see the box at left.
Click the "5 o'clock" square and change the depth to 2. Leave the Coating Color the default grey. Click
You will have a graphic like this —
6. Now, save it in your Easy Palette:
||To use your Watermark:
7. Open the image you wish to watermark.
(Optional, but a good idea—duplicate the image [keyboard shortcut CTRL-D is easy] and close the original image.)
8. Drag your
watermark from the Easy Palette onto the image. In PI 10, click on your
Pick tool and click on the Properties box, or, in either version, go to Object > Properties or right-click, Properties. Move the dialog box that
comes up, if necessary, so that you can see your canvas. Make sure the
Preview box is checked. Click on the arrow next to the Merge drop-down
Lighting is probably the best all-around
Here you can see the different merges, shown in the same order as listed above.
When you find one you like, and that suits the image you're placing it on, click OK to close the box.
If you need to resize the watermark, use your Transform Tool, clicking on the first icon on the Attribute Bar and making sure the lock icon is in the locked position.
9. When you are satisfied with the merge and the placement, right-click and Merge All.
Try different fonts, dingbats, or path shapes to make your watermark just as you want it to be.
A couple of notes on customizing your watermark:
If you'd like to rotate your watermark with the Transform Tool, this will need to be done before Step 3. Resizing after the watermark is okay, but rotating it at that stage is apt to leave a ghost image of the bounding box behind!
When making your watermark, you can use different light-source directions (in the Emboss dialog box) if that suits your image better.
I hope you've found this
tutorial helpful. Have fun with it!
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