Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Creating a Watermark Brush

You may notice that most of the images I post on the blog have a watermark in the corner.  I do this for a couple of reasons, the main being that for some photos that I know might end up on Pinterest, I like my blog name in the photo so that in the event of a broken link, you can tell where the photo came from.

Watermarking in Photoshop Elements can be super easy. There are several ways to do it (I personally use an action that I found), but an easy one I can show you is to create a Photoshop brush.

First, create a blank file. (I'm working with Photoshop Elements 9 on a Mac).

Brushes can go up to 2500 x 2500 pixels, but for this you really only need it to be about 1000 pixels wide. Remember you can increase and decrease the sizes of brushes when you're using them.

Using your Text tool, choose your desired font and size, and I use black as my color. Type in your text. (On a Mac, hitting the "option" key plus the "G" key gets you the copyright symbol.

Once you have your text looking how you like (you could also put in an image here, by the way, whatever you want your watermark to look like), go to Edit/Define Brush. 

Choose a name for your brush and click OK.

 To use your brush, open up your photo, click your brush tool, and find your new watermark brush.

I change my color to white.

 And the opacity to 70% (but you can make this whatever you like - I just like mine to be faded a bit).

Adjust the size of your brush up or down by hitting the [ or ] keys. Then just click it on your photo where you'd like your watermark. Typically I choose the bottom right corner but some photos it looks better in other spots.

Now, to save your brush down to your hard drive (which I always recommend as a backup - I've had my entire brush palette disappear on me before), go to Edit/Preset Manager:

You'll see your brush in the palette:

Click on it then click "save set." (You could save multiple brushes that you've created of a similar theme all together in one set the same way - just make sure you've selected all the brushes you want).

Then just give your brush a name, choose your desired folder on your hard drive, and save.

If your brush ever got removed from your preset manager/brush palette, all you have to do to load them is go to Edit/Preset Manager/Load and choose the brush from your hard drive.

That's it! Simple, and makes watermarking your photos super quick.

I have more tutorials planned, but if there's anything you'd like to know how to do, please feel free to ask in the comments. I don't know everything but I'll do my best to answer your questions.


  1. Great steps by step, I always like new ps tutorials :-)

  2. Melissa, thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful tutorial. I've just started using Photoshop Elements for my first ever Project Life album and watermarking was something that I was doing in ACDSee without any cool graphic. Now, with your instructions, I will be able to create a 'real' watermark and having it be an official 'brush' ... well let's just say I am over the moon :) You're my hero.

  3. This was really easy, great tutorial! And great thing to make on my new (to me) MacBook and new Photoshop Elements =]

  4. Great tutorial. I was able to make a watermark in minutes. Thanks!!

  5. Thank you, thank you!!! I've tried at least five other tutorials on this, and yours is the only one that worked!!! This is going to save so much time!!!

  6. I'm using PSE 13 and when I save it and re-0pen, it is just blank white??

    1. I haven't used Elements 13 yet, but I do have 12 and I didn't think there was much difference.

      When you save and reopen what? Do you mean when you save down the brush set to your computer from the preset manager? I'm not sure what you're referring to. Can you list out the steps you are following? If you follow the above it should work (but again I don't have 13). Also are you on a PC or a Mac? These steps are written for a Mac. It's been a long while since I've used a PC so there could be differences there as well.

  7. You referred to an "action" above "(I personally use an action that I found)... to create a Photoshop brush." Can you make that available to me to use on my Mac OS X 10.9.5, please? I'd like to use the brush in batch processing & I don't believe a singular brush can be used that way. Furthermore, the one available in PSE 14 does NOT allow me to "preview" the watermark before using it in batch processing. Thanks, in advance, for your help. - Richard

    1. I'm sorry but I have no idea what you're asking me for but if it is an action, I have no actions that I could give you. I have never created my own action. Also I do not have PSE14, this tutorial was written with PSE9.

    2. Ah wait I see what you are referring to. It's been so long since I wrote this tutorial and I no longer use that older action so I'd forgotten. I'm actually not sure I still have that old action on my Mac since I don't use it, I use the stamp method explained above. Sorry, unfortunately that was 3 years ago that I wrote this tutorial and I really can't remember.