Okay this is probably going to be a rather sutipd question for most of you pros out there. I'm planning on taking my brothers seniors pictures and I want to add a copyright to the bottom right hand corner so they look more professional. I'm using adobe photoshop 6.0 currently. Could someone please tell me how to add a copyright to the photos. I'm not that computer savvy so a detailed description on how to would be greatly apppreciated thanks so much.
It is a two step, simple process. First you need to add a thing space of blank white at the bottom of the image frame. You do this going to the Image menu and go down to Canvas Size and click on that. Then make the vertical image measurement slightly larger and click on the up placement so the space is added to the bottom of the image.
Once that is done go to the ToolBox usually on the left and click on the "T" icon to get the text input with font and size selection at the top below the menu bar. Once you have chosen a font like Helvetica and a small type size like 8 or 10 point. move the cursor to the bottom of the image in the space you created, click to place the text cursor and type in the name date and copyright symbol. You can move the line of type to adjust its location by clicking on the top right icon for the select cursor at the top of the toolbox and just drag the line of type to where you want it.
David, thanks so much. I got it all to work except I don't know how to make the little copyright symbol. What do I press on the keyboard to make it? Thanks so much for all your help
There are a couple of ways to do this (assuming you're running Windows XP):
Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Character Map
I like the CTRL function better - it's faster when using the text tool in PS.
Or, you can just do what I used to do before I found out about the other stuff - type (c).....
It has been so long since I did access the keyboard key combination to type the copyright symbol I really don't recall, as I made a text file of my copyright and saved it in a convenient place. With the Apple OS there is a Character Palette that is accessed from The Edit menu, and the copyright symbol is under Miscellaneous. If you are using MS Windows use the general Help and type in the search term Copyright Sign, or Special Characters. That should lead to access to special text/font characters.
You can also activate the Character Palette in Mac OSX through the International option of System Preferences. Once you bring up the international sheet, select the Input Menu button, place a check in the box for Character Paltte and Keyboard Viewer if you wish to be able to see quick key selections, and place a check in the option to show input menu in the menu bar. With all that done, you can look up special characters from the OS menu bar regardless of whether a program is written to access the Character Palette independently.