Learn to Make Quick Cool Hip Branding Bars in Photoshop

Branding Bars (I made this name up) are a way to add extra canvas to your photograph and then add your logo, watermark or text. They can be slim or thick and can be black, white or in any color. If they sound familiar it is probably because I have actions that make these for my “Blog It Board” action sets.

I get asked all the time “how can I get those for my photos.” This video will explain how to create these after resizing your photo for the web. Then to add your brand, watch my video on creating a watermark. If you prefer a multi color logo – you can drag that file on top of the branding bar you create instead. Have fun branding!

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Casey Mackie says

    Jodi, I have been trying how to figure this out and never could get it. Thanks so much you are awesome!!!!

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    Thank you soo much for sharing these Jodie I really appreciate this and will be following your blog from now on 😉



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    That’s great. How do you do the ones that Sandy usually does.. the transparent one that is just placed on top of the photo?

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    Thanks for this but one questions-if you flatten the image to increase the canvas size how do you get the “branding bar” off to print for a client? Do you just crop the photo to take it off? Just curious! Thanks.

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    Great, any idea how I could make this an action and/or export out of LightRoom 2?
    Love to see/hear.
    Great site, great video.

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    Lori Crouch says

    Thank you VERY much for your Actions and tutorials. I just went through Powder Room on my 73-year-old husband and he looks great!! This branding bar is a great tool, too. You’re the best!!

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    I love this tutorial. Although I tried to do it myself and when I went into the canvas size it is defaulting with the existing dimensions where you entered the new dimensions so I can’t get past this hang up, ugh. I did flatten my image before this step.

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    I’m having the same problem as Christine. After I flatten the image and go into canvas size it still has 900 and 600 where you entered the new dimensions. It won’t let me change it to 0 on the width and when I submit it, the photo ends up becoming this weird line instead of adding a bar. Please help!


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