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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    Stefani says:

    thank you!!i was wondering how to do this!

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    […] 1 votes vote 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 […]

  3. 3

    Thanks Jodi!! This is very helpful.

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    jodi says:

    i LOVE this! thank you so much for sharing!

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    Edda says:

    Thanks, Jodi! I always enjoy your tutorials!

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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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    Amy Dungan says:

    Cool Jodi! Thanks!

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    Michelle says:

    Thanks Jodi! Now is there any easy way to find your brush logo?? I have so many brushes I am always searching for my logo!

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    MCP Actions says:

    Well if you just made it – it will be at the bottom of the brushes…

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    alice says:

    thank you so much for the helpful tutorial. i love it! you’re such a help :O)

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    Kim says:

    Love it Jody!

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    Tamara says:

    thank you thank you!!

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    Ashley Larsen says:

    Great! Thanks so much.

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    Kris says:

    Oh thanks so much! Can’t wait to go try this

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    Christina Humphreys says:

    You are truly amazing! Thank you!!!

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    Jodi – you are the BOMB!!! This is really cool and so darn easy! Can’t wait to play with it now!!!

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    elena says:

    way too cool. Thanks!

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    Sarah says:

    Thanks so much!! This was so helpful to me!

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    Thank you! Very helpful!!

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    Pinky says:

    Thanks so much for your tutorials! That helps a lot!!

  21. 21

    Good tutorial! Even if I think I know how to do something I often learn a new thing Like here with how to change the color choice when increasing the canvas size.

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    Jodie says:

    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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    Jackie P says:

    I’m excited to do this now. Thanks!

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    Pam says:

    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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    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 :)

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    Gail says:

    Fabulous tutorial – thank you!

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    Penny says:

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

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    Erica Young says:

    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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    MCP Actions says:

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

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    Tom says:

    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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    wordup says:

    Great List. Definitely a lot of design inspiration goodies! Thanks! I’m trying them on my site

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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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    Christine says:

    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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    Jen says:

    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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    MCP Actions says:

    Make sure “relative” is checked off.

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    You are welcome everyone. Glad this was helpful.


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