Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create An Action To Watermark Your Images

Adding a watermark to your images can help (but not completely alleviate) theft of your photographs or images. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add a simple watermark in Photoshop, align it to the bottom right corner and at the same time create an action that you can reuse for all of your images.

  1. Open up your image that you want to add the watermark to.

    Now before going any further I want to create a new action that will record the following steps.

  2. Open the Actions palette by choosing Windows > Action or press Alt + F9 (win) or Opt + F9.
  3. At the bottom of the Actions palette, click on the New Action icon. This will open up the New Actions dialog box.

  4. Enter a name for your new action – the obvious one here is Watermark – simple and descriptive. If you want to add your own shortcut key, you can also add that in here. Click Record.  Now Photoshop is recording every step you make.

  5. Select the text tool and click anywhere on the image.
  6. Add whatever text you want, usually something like © and your name or your website address. Set the size of the font and the colour. I’m using white, size 32pts.

  7. I like to put my watermarks in the bottom, right corner. To do this, select both the text layer AND your background image layer in the Layers palette. Now at the top of the screen in the Options bars, click on the Align Bottom Edges icon and then click on the Align Right Edges icon. You’ll see that the text you’ve added drops to the bottom right corner of your image.

  8. Usually a watermark is a semi-transparent image or piece of text so to change the opacity of the watermark, select just the text layer in the Layers palette. Then click and drag the Opacity slider to about 70% (or a lower number if you prefer how that looks).

  9. That’s the watermark added and put in place. Now we can stop recording our actions. At the bottom of the Actions palette, click on the stop button. You’ll be able to see all the steps you made listed under the “Watermark” action that you’ve just created.

  10. The next time you want to add a watermark, all you need to do is open your image and the click on the “Watermark” action in the Actions palette and click the Play icon at the bottom. A good timesaver.


Do you add watermarks to your images? Do you use text or images?


  1. Crystal says:

    I have been looking for an easy, yet effective tutorial to follow on creating a water-mark action, so Thank you ! 🙂

    This tutorial is very easy to follow, so thanks again.

  2. Debbie says:

    THANK YOU! Being new to photoshop CS3 is intimidating. Thank you for giving clear and simple instructions.
    With much appreciation,
    Debbie H.

  3. Lorelai says:

    Hi, Jennifer
    Thank you very much for this tutorial. It’s very easy to follow. Keep up the good work! <3

  4. I curiuos about the same question as Barrie asked. I have a logo that I have saved as a brush. So I use the brush to add the watermark to my photo. I’d like to be able to add it to the bottom right corner everytime. The other question is how can I scale it so it’s about the same size no matter what size the photo is? I ask because if I crop a photo the dimensions will be different and the water mark would be a lot larger on the cropped photo. Any suggestions would be great! thanks! Great tutorial!
    .-= Mike Fiechtner´s last blog ..Art Teacher For A Day =-.

  5. yeah, that was very easy to follow, even if the images on your web site didn’t show up on my screen… A phat thank you from Krakow, Poland!

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