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Learn to Make Quick Cool Hip Branding Bars in Photoshop

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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!

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  1. August 3, 2009 at 8:23 pm —

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



  2. August 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm —

    I’m excited to do this now. Thanks!

  3. August 4, 2009 at 10:55 am —

    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?

  4. August 6, 2009 at 9:50 am —

    Thank you so much for all the tips you share with your readers!!! I have always wanted to know how to do this! You are awesome 🙂

  5. Gail
    August 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm —

    Fabulous tutorial – thank you!

  6. August 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm —

    I love this! Can’t wait to try. Thanks.

  7. August 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm —

    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.

  8. August 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm —

    Branding bars would be for web size images. Though you could use on full size. Either way you would save as a different file.

  9. August 14, 2009 at 8:45 am —

    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.

  10. August 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm —

    Great List. Definitely a lot of design inspiration goodies! Thanks! I’m trying them on my site http://www.visionzgfx.com

  11. Lori Crouch
    August 31, 2009 at 12:04 am —

    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!!

  12. September 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm —

    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.

  13. November 7, 2009 at 8:47 am —

    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!

  14. November 7, 2009 at 9:13 am —

    Make sure “relative” is checked off.

  15. January 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm —

    You are welcome everyone. Glad this was helpful.

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Learn to Make Quick Cool Hip Branding Bars in Photoshop