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        03-19-2011, 03:34 PM

    I have a question for you artists who use a watermark on your artwork. What program do you use to create a watermark? Is is downloadable or do I have to buy a program. I have a VERY basic photo editing program that allows me to put text over a drawing, but I like the look of the slightly transparent watermark and it looks so much more professional that my LIZ GREEN text that I put on my drawings. Not to mention I do not have control over the size of the font.
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        03-19-2011, 04:02 PM
    Some artists will use the text itself (as a non-intrusive color, something that goes with the drawing and doesn't take away from it). My watermark(s) I made in Adobe Photoshop 7, changing the blending mode to "soft light" so it's slightly opaque, but still clearly visible.

    You can also use SAI, or Microsoft Paint to add simple text like Goldenwolfen does on her artworks. The biggest thing will be to have it noticeable without it being intrusive, stealing the attention away from your art.

    Or you could use GIMP, which is a free program. I don't know if it has the text feature, but you could make it more personal by [clearly] writing your own name. Some artist will even have a drawing, or "stamp," with their watermark.

    The biggest, and I think the most important thing (even over the text color), is the transparent background. Lets say you have a black stamp. Okay, so you want to put it on one of your paintings... but there's a white area around it that you can't get rid of! That's the importance of the transparency.

    In case you want it, here's the GIMP download link.
        03-19-2011, 04:17 PM
    I use Corel Paint Shop Pro. Much more affordable compared to Photoshop (and just as capable). You can download a 30 day trial for free here: PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate - PaintShop Photo Pro X3
    Like any program, it takes time to learn, though.

    Go to file: New

    Add new layer

    Add text

    Save as PNG (portable network graphic) this is what makes it float over the photograph.

    Copy it
    Paste it on photograph
    Adjust size and opacity



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