Free Signature logo for Photographers
In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how you can create a signature watermark for your photos – for free. Plus, I’ll give you what I think are the ten best signature fonts to use for this task. This is a great way to create a logo for photographers. I’ll be showing you how to do it in Photoshop but you can use any programme that uses layers. I’ll then show you a much more professional way to create signature watermarks by using Lightroom and attaching it to a batch of images at once.
Not only is this really easy to do, it will instantly make your photos more professional! We hope you enjoy it 😊
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Synopsis of the tutorial
You've probably seen them on other photographers’ work - a nice signature with the word photography underneath it. Here's an example.
In the video I show you how to create a signature logo for free and below is a synopsis of what’s covered.
I'm going to show you how to do it in two ways. One way is a really easy way that anyone can do in any image program. We're going to be using Photoshop, but you can use any image program as long as you can use layers. The other way I'm going to show you is a much more professional way where you can apply a signature watermark really quickly to a batch of pictures.
The first thing that you're going to need is some signature fonts. Now don't worry, I’ve scoured the Internet and found the 10 best signature fonts for free. You can get these by completing the form at the bottom of this page. You’ll need to download the fonts you like and install them into your computer first. If you don't know how to install fonts just google, it's a really easy process.
Create a page
In Photoshop go to file > New and create a new document 1920px wide and 1080px high (standard HD screen). Tick off artboard > choose black as a background > click create. A blank black document will open.
Now what we need to do is create our signature. Select the Text tool and select white as your colour (select a different colour if you want a different colour logo). Then type your name and photography underneath it. Select the text and change the font to the ones you want > Click the tick at the top to apply that. Then resize the text using the Free Transform tool and move it to fit snuggly inside the document.
A PNG is an image format that can be saved with transparent backgrounds. We’re now going to create a transparent background then save it as a PNG. This way we can then drag and drop this image into any picture to show our logo.
In the layers palette there's a lock symbol next to the background layer. Click on that lock symbol and drag it into the bin. That turns it into a layer. Hide this layer by clicking the eye symbol next to it.
Go to File > Save As > from the drop down menu select PNG > save it in a location for easy access later > a box will appear, select save as largest file size > click OK.
Now you've just created a PNG which is effectively an image with a transparent background. You can now just drag that image into any other picture an resize and move it to suit – Easy!
The other way to add signature logos is in Lightroom. In Lightroom you can add a watermark to a batch of pictures and export them all at once using presets. It’s a brilliant program to use for this because it speeds up what you do and makes your work look much more professional.
The downside to this though is that you need to learn how to use Lightroom first! Making presets and watermarks is a bit too complex for a blog post but we do have an in depth Lightroom course which will tell you how to do this and many other things to improve your photography. Simply click below to be taken to the course.
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