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Creating a Video Watermark

Here's a great tutorial on how to create a video watermark to protect your video content.

This tutorial is a bit unusual, because it was done by using Photoshop CC for windows on a Mac.  I record and edit all my tutorials in a software product called Screenflow which only runs an Mac OS X.  So, I decided to see if I could run Windows on a MAC and still use Screenflow to create this tutorial.

play_watermark_tutorial.pngIn this short video tutorial, you will learn the following:

  • Using a Screenshot to capture content to produce your video watermark
  • Configuring Google Images to display only high resolution image files
  • Creating a video watermark using Photoshop
  • Importing your watermark into your favorite video editing software

ScreenFlow.pngAs a Quick Side Note:  I teach an amazing hands-on class for learning ScreenFlow. Training options include 'online, on-site, or in a classroom'. If you're interested in creating the absolute best training videos, please contact me.

Also, if you are a corporate video producer / editor, check out a service called VideoBlocks.  It's invaluable for those in need of stock footage, AE templates, audio loops, and sound effects.  Their yearly pricing is a good deal considering the quality of footage and amount of content available.  They also offer a free trial!

GeniusDV offers classroom and on-site style Photoshop for Video training courses.

Click on the link of this tutorial to view a text and graphical version Video Watermark Tutorial.

Step 1: Import a logo into Photoshop.  Preferably, you want a logo that has a solid color background.

If you are using a Mac, You can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + 4 to capture a screen area.  In doing so, that snapshot will automatically be saved to your desktop.

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If you are on a PC running Windows, you can press the 'print screen' button and then paste the screen image into Photoshop using the keyboard shortcut 'Command V.'

Step 2: After you have imported your logo into Photoshop, use the 'Magic Eraser' tool to erase the solid background area.  You may need to adjust the tolerance of the 'Magic Eraser' tool based on the background area of the image.

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In doing so, you will see a checkerboard pattern for areas that have been removed with the 'Magic Eraser' tool.  That checkerboard pattern represents an 'Alpha Channel', which is the transparent area of the image.

If you have a three button mouse, hold down the 'alt key' and use the mouse wheel to zoom into area's of the image to remove all the background areas.

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In this example, I had to zoom into the image to get rid of areas within the 'D', 'E', and 'O' characters in the image.

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Step 3: Navigate to the Layers tab, and double click on Layer 0. 

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Step 4: This will open the Layer style box.  Click on the 'Bevel and Emboss' category.  

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Step 5: Adjust the size and depth of the bevel.  

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Step 6: Navigate back to the Layers tab, and adjust the fill area to 0%. 

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After adjusting the slider to 0%, this creates the actual watermark.

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Step 7: Save the image as a .png file type.  The .png file type will preserve the transparent 'alpha channel' area within the image.

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Step 8: Import the .png file into your favorite video editing software, and plus it over your content.

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