How to create a watermarking action in Photoshop

written by Beckie of

I have been asked quite a few times recently “is it possible to make a watermarking action?”. Yes! It can be done, and today I will show you how! (unfortunately, actions can only be created in full versions of Photoshop and not Elements)

The first thing you’ll need to do is to create a PNG file from your logo brush. (I always watermark my images that have already been resized for show on the web) So I’ll make my action based off of that resized image.

I am going to start with an image open (you’ll need an image open because PS won’t know what to do without one). You’re going to click on that little menu at the top right corner of your actions palette.

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Then you will select “new set”. It will give you the option to name your set. I named mine “watermarking”.

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Next, you will click on that little menu button again, and click on “new action” and name your action. I named mine “landscape watermark”.

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After you name your action and hit “record” PS will start recording your steps (indicated by the little red “record” button)

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Now, click on file>place and locate your PNG logo file and select it and hit enter. You can now move it around and put the logo wherever you like on your image and hit enter again. Now flatten your image.

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You can end your action here by pressing the “stop” button (the little square button next to the “record” button), OR before you do that, you can take it another step further, and go through the steps of saving your newly watermarked file. I do this by creating a folder that I call “watermarked” on my desktop. However, an important thing you should know when doing the save steps; DO NOT change the file name, otherwise PS will do that every time you run that action, and you will end up overwriting the same file over and over. Once you are done with the save steps, click on the “stop” button and voila! You now have an action that will watermark AND save your images to a temporary folder for you!


If you have any questions, I am more than happy to help. Feel free to comment here or send me an email at beckie [at] beckiegkengle [dot] com.

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. Thanks for the info…although, it’s a little disappointing that the last two posts on the “elements” blog have been about great things you can do with Photoshop. I’ve always loved this blog because it focuses on the great things Elements CAN do and specifics on how to do them.

    • Sandi,
      I can understand the frustration. We have a lot of Photoshop readers, so we try to share things to help them learn their program too. When I first started the blog, it was just for PSE, then I started talking about photography too, then Photoshop CS, so it is not exclusively for PSE users.

      Now, in regards to what Beckie shared, that is an action I can make and offer for free because the action will play in PSE just the same as it does on Photoshop CS. I hope to have that for the blog soon.


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