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    Transparent Watermark?

    I'm wanting to find out how to make one of those really transparent watermarks - the kind that look like they're pools of water in the shape of the embossing text or logo, on top of the image. I think I've seen a tutorial for Paintshop Pro long ago, involving layers, masks, antialiasing and other such things I know nothing about. I have Paint.Net but don't know much about it either <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>. What I'm trying to use as the watermark is a fairly simple geometric logo I have, sitting beside a string of text.

    Any pointers please.

    Alan

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    Re: Transparent Watermark?

    Instructions for Paint.NET
    1. <LI>Open up the image you want to add the watermark to.
      <LI>Select Layers > Import from file and select the image that contains the logo/watermark.
      <LI>Select the watermark logo and position it if required.
      <LI>Double-click on the watermark layer.
      <LI>Under blending mode select multiply and change the opacity to about 60-100

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    Re: Transparent Watermark?

    Thanks Tony. That helped and I'm kinda guessing at how it might be done. I made a yellow on white mask of the graphic in mspaint. I then used IrfanView's Blur filter on a grey-scaled version of the original and copied it to mspaint. I then pasted the unblurred yellow copy over the top and erased the yellow to the white background. All this left me with just the blurred outline on a white background. Copied this back to IView and saved as gif with white as the transparency colour.

    Following your instructions, I applied this and set opacity to 30. I'm getting close, but I think I need a drop shadow filter, rather than a uniform blur.

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    Re: Transparent Watermark?

    And here's the final one. I did a lot of manual fiddling to create the effect in mspaint & IrfanView, but I'm happy with the result. Shows up on the TV just like the best of those annoying station identification ghosted logos. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Transparent Watermark?

    Alan,

    I found the following instructions for a watermark using Paint.Net here....

    Step 1: Open Paint.net.

    Step 2: Before beginning make sure all your windows are available by going to the Windows drop down menu and selecting them if they are not visible.

    Step 3: Go to the File drop down menu and click on open to find and open one of your digital images.

    Step 4: Go to the Layers drop down menu and select Add A New Layer.

    Step 5: Go to the image drop down menu and resize your new layer to the same size as your digital image.

    Step 6: Go to the Layers window and deselect your digital image.

    Step 7: Go to the Paint bucket on your Tools window and select it, then select the color white and color the new layer with that color.

    Step 8: Use the text button on the Tools window and select black for your text color.

    Step 9: Type in what you want your watermark to say on the new layer with the white background.

    Step 10: Select the rectangle button on the Tools window.

    Step 11: Go to the tool bar along the bottom beneath the drop down menus and change the brush width to 14.

    Step 12: Draw a rectangle around what you typed for your watermark.

    Step 13: Go to the Edit drop down menu and choose Select All.

    Step 14: Reselect your picture on the Layers Window.

    Step 15: Go to the Edit drop down menu and select Paste in to New Layer.

    Step 16: Select the Layer with your watermark and then go to the Effects drop down menu and choose Emboss.

    Step 17: Double click on the watermark layer to bring up the Layer Properties window for that layer.

    Step 18: Change the mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 156 or whichever number you think makes your watermark look best.

    Step 19: To further adjust the watermark you can go to the Adjustments drop down menu and select Brightness/Contrast to make the watermark a bit more or less visible, depending on what you are aiming for.Both these methods create a beautiful watermark that does not obscure your digital image to the point of being distracting. I personally favor the first method as it is easier to make less visible than the second method. However, one point in favor of the second method is that it would be more difficult for someone to use photo-editing software to erase it.
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    Re: Transparent Watermark?

    Thanks Doc! I think I've got the result I was after, but I'll log that for future reference. The biggest hurdle in my case was that there was also a graphic logo (not just text) that I had to get a matching shadow for.

    Alan

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