Easy Watermarks Photoshop Action

I’ve seen a few artists online recently expressing frustration in their work being shared without credit. I, too, used to HATE this. I, too, felt that I was gypped whenever something of mine went viral under someone else’s username.

Over time, I’ve learned that it’s just not preventable. Many people aren’t sharing things with the intention to steal the limelight, many of them just really like what’s been created and are eager to share it with their friends! And the ones that ARE trying to steal? Easily foiled with a good watermark.

Most online sharing isn’t coming from a place of malice, and most online sharing isn’t the type to put in the effort to remove your watermark, so a little extra time and effort can give you the maximum level of credit across all types of shares, and protect you pretty effectively against the shady ones.

The easiest solution, hands down, is to ensure that ALL images you post online include a legible watermark, and are posted in a low resolution.

However, watermarking takes time and energy that is difficult to justify when you’re excited to post your latest work. We’d all much rather get it over with and get started on the next piece. TIME’SA WASTIN’.

Hi, I’m Zhivago, and I’m efficiently lazy. I’m going to share my one-click Photoshop action with you. It take a little bit of time to set up, but I LOVE THIS THING. It’s a habit to click it once I’m done with every piece, and it has saved me SO MUCH TIME.

DOWNLOAD THE ACTIONS

This action is for use with final images. If you want an action for watermarking WIP images, check out my Automatic WIP maker action, which creates sequential, numbered WIPS!

WHAT IT DOES

This photoshop action saves four image files to the same location of the original artwork file.

  • Two unmarked versions, in Full Working Size and Websize
  • Two watermarked images, in Full Working Size and Websize

I’ve used 72 dpi, 1200px for ‘WebSize’ but you can edit this to your own needs.

FILES INCLUDED

This action set includes:

Four Actions:

  • One for dark, wide image
  • One for light, wide images
  • One for dark, tall images
  • One for light, tall images

Scripts: Automatically names your files!

Watermarks: The images & text you’ll be placing over your work.

INSTALLATION AND SETUP

You will need to:

  • Install the Actions
  • Link the Actions to the included files
  • Update the included watermark as desired

Phase One: LOAD THE ACTIONS

  • Put the folder in a safe, permanent location.
  • Open Photoshop
  • Open the Actions Panel, open the hamburger menu within it and click ‘Load Actions’.
  • Navigate to your folder and select the actions to load them.

Phase Two: LINK THE ACTIONS

The steps needed to link all the actions are very similar and once you do the first one, I think you’ll know what to do. I’ve included instructions for all four actions below.

SAVE WIDE // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Dark Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Dark Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_White_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 15, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 17, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

SAVE WIDE // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Light Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Light Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_Dark_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 14, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 16, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

SAVE TALL // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Dark Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Dark Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_White_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 15, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 17, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

SAVE TALL // Full & Web Sizes, Marked & Unmarked (Light Image)

  • Click the arrow to the left of first action to view all the action steps.
  • Go to Step 2, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 4, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebFinal.JSX”
  • Go to Step 7, marked ‘Place’. Double click. When prompted, navigate to the ‘watermarks’ folder. For a ‘Light Image’ Action, load ‘Basic_Dark_Watermark.psd’
  • Go to Step 14, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_FullSharable.JSX”
  • Go to Step 16, marked ‘Scripts’. Double click this. When prompted, navigate to the ‘scripts’ folder and load “SaveJpg_WebSharable.JSX”

Once all the actions have been linked, they should function properly, and all you will need to do is update your watermark.

Phase Three: Update the Watermarks

Pretty self explanatory!

  • Navigate to the watermarks folder. Open “Basic_White_Watermark.psd”
  • Modify your watermark as you see fit.
  • Save

Dark Watermark:

  • After updating “Basic_White_Watermark.psd”, select all layers.
  • Place all the layers into a folder. Add Blending Options: ‘Color Overlay’ to the folder.
  • Choose a dark color.
  • Save as “Basic_Dark_Watermark.psd”

Watermark Design Tips!

Leave ample space around the watermark. The design I’ve included is the max width I would recommend.

Do not crop the watermark unless you want it to be VERY large on your pieces.

Make sure your design’s text is legible and readable after being set to ‘Overlay’ over complex backdrops.

Pro Tips:

I store this action’s files in my DropBox so I can use the action on multiple computers. It still needs to be set up on each device, but once it is, I just update the watermarks as needed.

  • You can edit the actions to create your own overlay/watermarking effects, adding graphics, etc. Go wild!
  • If you edit an action, you can Copy any new/updated action steps and drag them to the other actions. Remember to delete the old action step you are replacing.

Thanks for downloading the action and let me know in the comments if you have any questions! I’d love to see what kinds of beautiful watermarks you guys are adding to protect your artwork now that it’s so easy.

The Commission Process

Order Form Offers and Pricing

Printing & Shipping Terms of service

Schedule & Openings Current Commission Queue (Trello)

How to Order A Commission

Step One: Decide What you Want

You can view my offerings and pricing below. If you have something special in mind, ask and I can probably do it!

Offers and Pricing

Step Two: Place your Order

You can do one of the following:

  1. Book a timeslot
  2. Fill out the Commission Form

Schedule & Openings

Order Form

Step Three: I’ll get in contact!

I’ll handle the rest from there! Talk to you soon!

The Commission Process

 

A Guide for Clients on How to Navigate to the Commission Artist’s Work Process

This is how you should expect the commission process to work, what I need feedback on, what you can give feed back on, when I can use that feedback, and when payments are expected.

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments – This is just my personal workflow but feel free to use this as a reference!

  1. Quote Phase
  2. Invoicing (Payment Due)
  3. Thumbnail Phase – Thumbnail Approval Required
  4. Detail Phase (Payment Due, if not paid in full)
  5. Detail Phase – Round of Edits
  6. Final Illustration
  7. Final Round of Edits


1. Quote Phase:

You tell me what kind of project you want. You may select from my list of offerings or request something new.

If pricing is not available, I will prepare an estimate for you of how long the work will take, what material costs will be and what kind of deadline to expect.

Quotes are valid for 30 days. Pricing will vary.

2. Invoicing

I will generate an invoice for you. This invoice has estimated work dates.

Payment plans/financing can be negotiated for pieces over $250 USD.

This invoice will provide you a list of WIP deadlines for each step in the process.

These dates are estimated under the condition that payment will be received within 72 hours of the invoice.

Every day after 72 hours without payment will extend each deadline listed by 1.5 days.

*Payment Due*

Your first deposit will be due before work can be officially started – Max work done without payment will be thumbnails.

Payment Made

Your invoice will be applied. This can be one lump sum or payments can be negotiated.

3. Thumbnail Phase

I present a selection of thumbnails for your approval. Thumbnails are small sketches that are used to help plan posing and composition before moving onto a larger amount of detail. I will provide at least three, but no more than 5, thumbnail sketches for your consideration.

You may provide any and all feedback you may have. Props will be presented as blocks or blobs with no definition during this phase.

You must confirm your thumbnail selection before I can move forward.

If you do not like any options presented, I can do one additional set of thumbnails at no cost. Additional thumbnails after this will be $20/set of 5.

Thumbnail Selection Required

Select a thumbnail from the offering in order for me to proceed. Minor adjustments, such as moving an arm or hand, can be applied during a detail phase and a revised thumbnail will not be provided prior.

I can edit the following at this stage:

Pose Positioning
Composition
Prop Positioning


4. Detail Phase

 

I will prepare a sketch that acts as a more defined ‘framework’ for your piece. It will be messy, but it will determine the final position and sizes of various shapes. It contains more detail than the thumbnail phase, but still not complete detail.

5. Detail Phase – Round of Edits

 

You must provide any and all feedback you may have. You may submit edits via our original medium of contact or by e-mail to zhi@cat-bird.com.

You will be provided a maximum of two rounds of edits. Please review your piece entirely and submit all corrections at once. I am unable to work effectively if edits ‘trickle’ in.

Additional edits after two rounds may be requested at the standard rate, charged in 30 minute increments.
Edits will be made and the billable amount will be added to the next invoice based on the time taken to apply them.

I can edit the following at this stage:

Character Features
Character Pose
Facial Expressions
Props
Background
Character Clothing

Please be sure the placement of all items on this list are satisfactory to you. Some high detail items may not be fully fleshed out at this stage.

EXAMPLE: If your character is wearing lace, the lace will be shown as a detail-less band for placement. The individual decorative fibers of the lace are not defined until the full detail phase.

*Payment Due*

If you did not pay in full, the second half of your payment is now due. Any additional charges have been discussed with you prior to adding them into this invoice.


6. Final Illustration

 

After all edits are received and applied, the final construction begins. In this phase, I paint based off the detailed sketch.

Please note: I do not do lineart first. I do lineart last. Due to this, the phase between color and lineart is unable to effectively translate to others who do not understand the process, so I do not submit the artwork for review during this process. I may post WIPs to social media to share progress, but you may not request edits during this phase due to the nature of my work flow.


7. Final Illustration – Round of Edits and Final Approval

 

When I am satisfied with the piece, I will submit it to you for review. Since this is the proposed final, you will have one round of edits.

Additional edits after one round may be requested at the standard rate, charged in 30 minute increments.
Edits will be made and the billable amount will be added to the final invoice based on the time taken to apply them.

I can edit the following at this stage:

Minor adjustments
Add Small Details
Eyes
Remove Small Details
Expressions
Change colors

*Payment Due*

If any additional edits have exceeded the limits of the edit specifications, you will be invoiced for the additional time spent.

Final Artwork Approved

Your artwork is finished! If you ordered a print – I would add on the following step:

OPTIONAL: Printing & Shipping

If you have ordered a print or hard copy of your artwork, I print it and ship it!

PLEASE NOTE: Printing and shipping costs are not included with any project unless requested or specifically stated.

Editable


Cropping
Matting