It’s the beginning of the year and I am updating my camera settings so that the camera puts the proper copyright year into EXIF data. I am also making a new copyright brush in PhotoShop.
|Adding Copyright information|
Yes, I know other photo editors can insert copyright phrases automatically, but they don't give me this level of flexibility and control. I like this method because it allows me to insert the information in a less distracting manner.
I only make a copyright brush once a year so I always have to look up how to do it. I also forget which font I normally use for the copyright statement so that too becomes an annual rediscovery process. The purpose of this post is to share how (and why) I do these things and to generate a ‘how to’ guide for next January.
|Step 1. Create a new image|
So here goes…
Make a new image. You want the signature to be large because it will be sharp when you make it smaller. When you make a small brush, the text gets blocky when you make it really big. Make sure you use a transparent background!
File > New
500 pixels wide
300 pixels high
|Step 2 - Enter the text|
Use the text tool to create your copyright text. I like to use the Pristina font for this. Make the copyright symbol 36 points and the text 48 points
The code for the copyright symbol is generated by holding down the ALT key and typing 0169. The numerals must be entered using the keypad, not the upper row of the standard keyboard. To make this work on my laptop, I have to activate the keypad built into the keyboard. The blue numbers on the 7-8-9, U-I-O, J-K-L, and M keys act as a keypad when the blue Fn key is held down. This means that I must hold down the Fn + ALT keys while using the blue keypad numbers on the keyboard.
|Step 3 - Create the brush|
Edit > Define Brush Preset…
Give the new brush a name (Copyright 2014 works for me.)
The brush will appear at the bottom of your brush table.
To use the brush, select the copyright brush from the pallet, adjust the color and size and click once. Clicking more times will make the text darker. I generally set the opacity for 30-50% and use the click functions to vary the color intensity for the text.
|Selecting the brush|
As you can see from the first image in this post, I can insert the copyright information anywhere on the image and in any orientation.
You can use this procedure to place your logo on your photo. The logo must be on a transparent background to work well.