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Creating Video Water Mark

January 23, 2020

Adding a video watermark is a critical skill
so you can project your creative work. I use a great service called VideoBlocks for
building many of my new tutorials, and I decided to give them a quick plug in doing this tutorial. To create a video watermark, ideally you want
a high resolution image file on a transparent background. Many professional software programs will show
a checkerboard background indicating that the file has a transparent area. This transparent background area is called
in Alpha Channel. A common problem is that your customer may
not be able to supply you with a file that contains an alpha channel. So I’ve got a copy of Photoshop CC for Windows
running here. Now, what my seem crazy to most, is I’m
going to launch the Safari web browser on my Mac even though I’m running a Windows
PC version of Photoshop. Within my VideoBlocks subscription I’ll
find my video background layer to use in this tutorial. So, as this is downloading, I see they have
their company logo in the upper left corner of the website. If you’re on running OS X on a Mac, you
can use the keyboard shortcut command + shift + 4 to take a snapshot of a specific screen
area. It will place the snapshot on your desktop. Now, ideally you want a high resolution image
on a solid color background. This logo here is fairly small, but at least
it’s on a solid white background. By the way, as another quick side note, I’ll
often use google images to find a higher resolution image for my customer. To do that, click on the search tools button
and then click on the pull down menu for size and choose large. So you can see this logo is 2700 pixels by
439 pixels. To prove my point my that you can still make
a good looking watermark from a smaller image, let’s use the graphic that I took a snap
shot of. Drag the graphic from your desktop directly
into Photoshop. While in Photoshop hold down the alt key and
roll your mouse wheel to zoom into your graphic. Navigate to the Photoshop tool bar and click
and hold down the left mouse button to select the Magic Eraser Tool. Use the magic eraser tool to click on the
areas of the background that you would like to remove. You may need to click additional areas to
remove all the pieces parts of your image. For example, inside this D, E and O. Okay, after your image is on a transparent
background, navigate to the layers window tab and double click on the layer. Within the layer style dialog box click on
the Bevel and Emboss category. Make sure you click on the actual category
and not just the checkbox. Adjust the Size and Depth of the Bevel. In this case, because my graphic is so small,
I’m only going to use a size of 2 pixels, but a larger depth. Navigate back to the layers window tab and
adjust the fill for the layer to 0 percent. Okay, that’s it. Now all you need to do now is save the file. I recommend that you save the file as a .png,
because it will embed the transparent background into the .png image so you can use it with
your favorite video editing program. So in this example, I’ll just save over
my original file that I had imported from the desktop. Okay, since I’m using a MAC, I also have
access to Final Cut Pro X, which I’ll launch from my dock. I’m going to click on the Finder icon in
the dock so I can access the downloads folder so you can see the clip I downloaded earlier. Okay, I’ll drag my background video and
my music to the Final Cut Pro X browser window and then edit them into my project. And then finally, I’ll go back to my glass
watermark that I saved to the desktop and drag it straight to the Final Cut Pro X timeline
window. And wow, there you go. As a quick side note, if you’re using Final
Cut Pro X, use the keyboard shortcut Command T to quickly video dissolves on both ends
of your graphic. For other great tips like this or to enroll
in a video editing training course, visit

1 Comment

  • Reply John Iwuji December 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I will try when I got home

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